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Chabad Outreach Jewish Inmate Services

Jewish inmates are not generally taken care of by the Jewish community and sometimes even by their own families.

Chabad Outreach Jewish Inmate Services, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, provides assistance in conducting inmate religious services, counseling inmates and their families during and after incarceration, prayer books, proper Jewish Bibles, Passover and other Jewish Holiday foods and supplies to various Texas Department Criminal Justice units, books and classes on Jewish study and history, and Jewish Reference Libraries in many TDCJ facilities. We provide services to additional lockdown facilities including Federal, County, and INS Prisons.

Our yearly budget is $88,000.

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Chabad Outreach Jewish Inmate Services
11000 Fondren B104 • Houston, TX 77096
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All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law.

Thank you for supporting Jewish inmates, letting them know that they are not forgotten.

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Chabad Outreach Jewish Inmate Services
A 501(c)3 Organization

 

March 16, 2017
Adar 17, 5777

 

Dear Friend,

We ask you kind participation in a BIG MITZVAH!

Jewish inmates in Texas Prisons. Passover foods and services. Often, the Jewish community and sometimes their own families simply ignore them.

More than thirty years ago, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, issued a call to address the challenges faced by the Jewish incarcerated.

In the greater Houston and Texas area, Rabbi Ted Sanders, of blessed memory, created a Jewish Inmate and Family Support Service.

Chabad Outreach Jewish Inmate Services, a nonprofit organization, has continued Rabbi Sanders' holy efforts and expanded the programs. We provide assistance in conducting inmate religious services, counseling inmates and their families during and after incarceration, prayer books, proper Jewish Bibles, Passover supplies to TDCJ units, books and classes on Jewish study and history, and Jewish Reference Libraries in TDCJ facilities. We also service numerous lockdown Federal and County facilities.

For Purim, we had rabbinical students (whom we flew in from New York) to the Federal Prison in Beaumont and the prisons in Houston, and hosted services and a festive meal at the Stringfellow Enhanced Jewish Unit.

Passover, howeveris a much more difficult time for a Jewish prisoner. The Pew study said Passover is the holiday most celebrated among the Jewish community. Yet, the Jews in prison suffer doubly the lack of freedom and even the ability to remain as a Jew in that condition. The prisons do not supply kosher foods for Passover.

Last year, with your help, we sent inmates Passover supplies. In fact, every Jewish inmate had the opportunity to keep the whole Passover including the Seders!

Six week later, we sent care packages of bagels, lox and cream cheese to help the inmates observe the holiday of Shavuot.

This year, the first Seder is Monday night, April 10, 2017. 

We can assist the Jewish Inmates only through your generous assistance! Please contribute financially to the Passover project or any of the other projects. Our yearly prison budget is $88,000 of which $16,500 is needed for Passover.

Please send your charitable contribution to COJIS, 11000 Fondren Ste B104, Houston, TX 77096 or make your donation online at the website below.

We thank you for your support and especially for letting the Jewish inmates know that they are not forgotten.

May you enjoy a Happy and Kosher Passover!


Rabbi Dovid Goldstein - TDCJ Consulting Head Rabbi

Rabbi Moishe Traxler - Director of Chabad Outreach and Chaplain at FDC Houston

Rabbi Mendy Traxler - TDCJ Chaplain

 

 

PS To see a highlighted story of our work in the Texas Prison system that recently was published by many media outlets, click here.


You can catch a glimpse of our prison work features on a News Magazine by clicking on the image below.

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http://youtu.be/-EC_D3BjgBE

 

 

www.TexasJewishInmates.com

Chabad Outreach Jewish Inmate Services, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, provides assistance in conducting inmate religious services, counseling inmates and their families during and after incarceration, prayer books, proper Jewish Bibles, Passover and other Jewish Holiday foods and supplies to various TDCJ units, books and classes on Jewish study and history, and Jewish Reference Libraries in many TDCJ facilities. We provide services to additional lockdown facilities including Federal, County, and INS Prisons.
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