Monday, / September 21, 2020
Home / news

Russia’s Federation of Jewish Community Participates in Prisoner Outreach

Moscow, Russia,

Recent years have brought remarkable change to Russia's citizens, especially to its Jews. But for the incarcerated segment of the country's population, change is moving at a snail's pace, if at all.

That may begin to change now that Russia's infamous IK-22 prison some 350 miles east of Moscow, will receive a gift that will give inmates jobs and help them adapt to society once they are released, says a JTA report. 

The Russian Jewish Congress, the Federation of Jewish Communities and the Congress of Jewish Religious Organizations are donating 33 machines for a new sewing facility in Russia's only prison camp for foreigners.

The JTA reports that according to a questionnaire sent to prisons this year, 242 Jewish prisoners are incarcerated in Russia. But, it goes on to say that Chabad's  Rabbi Aron Gurevich of the Federation of Jewish Communities believes the number is probably closer to 1,000, with the disparity reflecting prisoners' reluctance to reveal their identity. "Many prisoners may not want to disclose their Jewish background, while some others may have falsely indicated they were Jewish in order to receive additional humanitarian aid from the Jewish community," the report attributes to Gurevitch.

With Chabad in the US in the vanguard of outreach to Jewish prisoners under its well established Aleph Institute, the trio may find themselves looking westward for inspiration and ideas in rehabilitating this neglected population.

Comment

Be the first to write a comment.

Add

Related Articles
Walnut Creek Welcomes New Shluchim
Community Welcomes Shluchim With Flowers And Gifts
Remembering The Struggle for Russian Jewry
Ninety-three years ago today, Rabbi Joseph I. Schneersohn, sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, was freed from Soviet-imposed exile.
STATEMENT BY CHABAD-LUBAVITCH WORLD HEADQUARTERS
Every day that Jews are barred from entering the synagogue by armed guards is an unforgivable violation of the Jewish people!
IL Governor Rauner Joins Chabad Emissaries in Prayer at Western Wall
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was joined by Rabbi Avraham Kagan of Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois on a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem Tuesday…
Newsletter
Donate
Find Your Local Chabad Center
Magazine