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Invite Rabbi Scheiman to Speak!

Are you on the lookout for a funny, engaging, and socially relevant for your next event?  One who gets the audience […]

Watch! New Televised Interview at Cahnmann’s Round Table (Part 1)

Hear Rabbi Scheiman and community outreach volunteer Aaron Snowden talk to Suzanne Cahnmann about areas of positive impact possible within […]

Sentencing Guidelines Petition – Forming Now

From the website: In 2014, Prisology–WITH YOUR HELP–pushed for the adoption of a change to the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines […]

Worthy of Respect: Video

Rabbi Sholom Ber Lipskar is executive director of the Aleph Institute, which services the religious needs of Jewish men and […]

Call now to support HB 2373

CALL NOW to help make re-entry more successful – a limited time opportunity!

CALL the Governor TODAY & ask him to SIGN HB 2373  to expand record sealing for non-violent offenders. CALL 217-782-0244 […]

Guest Post by Attorney Michael Traison

I SPENT THIS MORNING IN JAIL WITH TWO RABBIS. I saw inside portions of the Cook County Jail and some […]

Live From The Field

If you’re on our mailing list, please check your email today for a chance to support our work in memory […]

HINDA Newsletter May 2017

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Hindy Scheiman’s yahrtzeit is a meaningful time to support the work of the HINDA Institute

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, corresponds to the 27th of the Hebrew month of Iyar, the anniversary of the passing (yahrtzeit) of […]

Written Inside | WBEZ

WBEZ has a new podcast which tells stories about life in prison, and it is produced right here in Illinois. […]

DuPage County Congregation Etz Chaim Generously Offers Its Support

Dear Rabbi Scheiman, Thank you very much for being our guest speaker for our social justice program in recognition of […]

Send a Seder – Join us on our Pre-Pesach Road Trip – or just send a box of matzah!

Click on this post or the Donate Button to your right to set up your donation. Thank you!  A Kosher […]

Etz Chaim Presentation in January Well Received

Thank you to Congregation Etz Chaim for hosting Rabbi Scheiman as the speaker for their recent 2017 MLK Lecture Event. […]

Live From The Field

REMOVING LEGAL BARRIERS TO RE-ENTRY Listen to Illinois Rising’s segment on re-entry challenges and recent improvements in our state.  See […]


Upcoming Talk, Monday, January 15 in Lombard

Join Congregation Etz Chaim’s Social Justice Program for MLK Day, “35 Years Behind Bars”, 10:30 am, January 15, 2017

HINDA meets with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx

              Recently elected Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx met with Rabbi Meir Shimon […]

Live From The Field

HINDA Institute wishes you a very Happy Chanukah!


Dateline 12/4/2016, 7:29 pm, Sunday night… Do you like what HINDA Institute does?  Be a part of our winning efforts – […]

HINDA Newsletter Fall 2016

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Re-entry’s easier when you have a profession

WSIL: First Illinois inmate to get cosmetology license behind bars leaves Vienna Prison Almost 50 percent of inmates in the […]

For Hinda Scheiman’s Birthday – Support Her Legacy of Kindness

This Wednesday evening in the beginning of the month of Cheshvan, we will be marking the birth date of a […]

HINDA Newsletter Summer 2016

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Letter from a Former Inmate

Dear supporters and friends, here is a letter we were forwarded from an inmate who was touched by HINDA’s help. […]

HINDA Newsletter Pesach 2016

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A Rabbinic Family’s Calling: Lend an Ear to the Incarcerated

  Read a great article about how Rabbi B. Scheiman began his work with prisoners, and how the next generation […]

Please Give Generously

As we approach the festive holiday of Purim and begin to prepare for the Chag HaGeulah of Pesach, we are […]

HINDA on Criminal Justice, at the Illinois Policy Institute

Illinois Policy Institute Click the link to read this new interview vignette posted at “Statistics show that children of […]

ACLU and Illinois Policy Institute Panel Discussion — Today in Downtown Chicago

Illinois Policy Institute and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois representatives and representatives from the Illinois State Commission on Criminal […]


    to HINDA Institute director Rabbi Binyomin Scheiman on his 60th birthday, the 18th of Shevat (Wednesday night and […]

News Video: Progress on State Criminal Justice Reform

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Sheriff Tom Dart, in his opinion essay in Crain’s Chicago, suggests that employers and business decision-makers should give ex-offenders more […]

Message to Rabbi Mendel

Dear Rabbi Mendel Scheiman: Thank you and God bless you for all you do. My husband was on the bus […]

New Employment Hope

“Both state legislative chambers passed a bill sponsored by Rep. John Cabello, R-Machesney Park, that would allow nonviolent felony offenders […]

New Video: Hear directly from ex-offenders

Watch a short but inspiring video about the impact of HINDA Institute on real people. When you donate to The HINDA Institute […]

Amazing Success! End of Year 24-Hour Online Fundraising Drive

  You did it!  Hinda Institute friends and matching sponsors EXCEEDED all expectations and raised $76,004 in 24 hours.  THANK […]

HINDA Newsletter Chanukah 2015

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Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform Hearing in July

Rabbi Binyomin Scheiman took the opportunity of the hearing held in Chicago on July 27, 2015 to present several points […]

Family of Rabbis Visits Cons Who Violated ‘Thou Shalt Not Get Caught’

By Justin Breen CHICAGO — The High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur offer Jews a fresh, new year […]

Recent speech about the HINDA Institute

Click here to listen to Rabbi Scheiman talking about the HINDA Institute in England.

Rabbi Scheiman and the Jewish “Rocky”

Dna info Story on Sam Horowitz Coinciding with the appearance on Cahnmann’s Round Table televised interview, this well-written article appeared […]

HINDA Newsletter Summer 2015

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Hinda Newsletter Spring 2015

Hinda Newsletter Spring 2015

Canadian Jewish News article

…”Chabad of Richmond, B.C., recently replaced its High Holiday prayer books and was looking for a new home for its […]

HINDA Family Pre-Purim Party

“Starting off with Hamantash baking, we filled the dough circles with jam, shaping them into triangles like Haman’s hat. Then everyone sat down […]

New: Indigent Families and Children Fund

Dear Hinda Institute Supporters I’d like to make you aware of a special mitzvah opportunity. Even with public and community […]

Chanukah Newsletter

HindaInstituteChanukah5775_01   Happy Chanukah!  Click the link to view our Chanukah newsletter!

WBEZ Interview

Listen to Rabbi Scheiman’s interview on WBEZ Chicago’s Morning Shift, December 01, 2014 The pop-culture picture of clergy working in […]

Jewish Chaplains Conference 5775-2014

Rabbi Binyomin Scheiman was recently invited to speak at the national 2014 Jewish Chaplains Conference: Repairing Our Community – One Person […]

November 2014 Newsletter

Click here to read the monthly newsletter distributed to Jewish inmates November 14 Newsletter

Endangered Kosher Meals

Tired of prison food? Claim Judaism. This article by Dianne Frazee-Walker of the Prison Law Blog describes a frequent occurrence: […]

HINDA Stories and News Articles, New and Old

Links to Articles and Stories about the HINDA Institute: Just click here, or on “HINDA in the News” under the […]

August Newsletter

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Summer 5774 HINDA Institute General Newsletter

Hinda Institute Summer Newsletter 5774 We’re up to a lot of good!  Read thank you letters from prisoners, mazal tovs, […]

July 2014 Hinda Newsletter

July Newsletter Click to view our newsletter which is distributed to Jewish inmates.

Uptown People’s Law Center Addresses Appalling Conditions in Cook County Jail

The Uptown People’s Law Center’s new case alleging that 50 prisoners were shuttled around the jail, held without a bed, […]

Skokie Ketura Hadassah Women to Host Rabbi Scheiman Sept 30

Join the Ketura Group of Chicago-North Shore Hadassah Tuesday, September 30 Mayer Kaplan JCC 5050 Church St Skokie, IL 60077 […]

Hinda Newsletter June 2014

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Hinda Newsletter

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May Newsletter

May Newsletter


Some feedback from the AAUW PUBLIC POLICY PROGRAM: RABBI SCHEIMAN TO THE RESCUE! recently planned and implemented so capably by […]

Anti-Semitism and Proselytization in Prison: The Forward reports

A new article by the FORWARD mentions Rabbi Scheiman in its discussion of racial polarization in the prison environment, including […]

Chicago Jewish News Cover Story

Jailhouse Flock by Pauline Dubkin Yearwood, Chicago Jewish News, October 18-24 2013 Eleven days out of the month, every month, […]

Human Beings Shouldn’t Be Treated as “Garbage”

The New Jersey Jewish News recently covered a symposium on the Jewish view of incarceration. Here’s an excerpt: Disparities in […]

Creating a Safer Society

Creating a safer society — 20 years of service.  JPAF visits every Jewish prisoner in the State of Illinois, every […]

Rabbi Binyomin Scheiman with two inmates

Niles rabbi wants to put God in prison

Here’s an article that ran in the Burr Ridge Sun-Times this summer: BURR RIDGE — Maureen Headington has never spent […]