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U.S. Prisons: What is it like to be a Jew behind bars?
9/29/2014, 11:28 AM

A7 Radio's "Tamar Yonah show" with Tamar Yonah
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What is it like to be a Jew behind bars?  Why are Jews in jail at all?  How are they able to observe the holidays in a U.S. Prison?  Join Tamar Yonah for the latest news, and a feature interview with Jews who spent Rosh HaShana in a U.S. Penitentiary!  Why were they there and what happened?
Guests, Rabbi Yosef Baumgarten and Rabbinical Student, Adam Nesenoff, spent their Rosh HaShana holiday in U.S. Prisons.  Rabbi Baumgarten went to be with Jewish prisoners at the United States Penitentiary, Lewisburg, a high-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Pennsylvania.  Adam Nesenoff spent it at the Federal Correctional Institution, Schuylkill (FCI Schuylkill) a medium-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Pennsylvania.  
Why did they do it?  They are part of a Chabad program called, the Aleph Institute. Chabad-Lubavitch's Aleph Institute is an organization that provides social services and Jewish resources to incarcerated individuals and their families.  Aleph regularly provides professional services to nearly 4,000 men and women in federal and state prisons across the country and their approximately 25,000 spouses, children and parents left behind.  
Hear the interesting stories of what goes on in prisons for Jewish inmates. What is it like going through Prison security?  Where do volunteers eat and sleep who go to help Jews in prisons?  Is there anti-Semitism in U.S. Correctional Facilities? Do Jewish prisoners want to move to Israel and make aliyah when they get out?  All these questions answered on the show!
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