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Worthy of Respect: Video

Rabbi Sholom Ber Lipskar is executive director of the Aleph Institute, which services the religious needs of Jewish men and women in prison. In 1985, they brought a group of prisoners to spend a weekend in Crown Heights, where they … Continue reading

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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 312-814-2121  

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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 of the 8000 prisoners held there in a massive complex spread over hundreds of acres. But most importantly, I saw … Continue reading

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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 of Hinda Scheiman, a very special person. Or click on Donate on our website. Many thanks and blessings. The HINDA … Continue reading

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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 a very special lady, Rabbi Scheiman’s late wife Hinda Gittel Alte Chaya.  Many remember her warmth and simple acceptance of … Continue reading

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Written Inside | WBEZ

WBEZ has a new podcast which tells stories about life in prison, and it is produced right here in Illinois. Written Inside, by Alex Kotlowitz, is a series of dramatized vignettes that lets people understand more about what it is … Continue reading

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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 Martin Luther King Day. You were a wonderful and informative speaker that both our youth and adult congregants enjoyed hearing. … Continue reading

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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 and Happy Pesach to all!

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Watch New 2017 Interview with Avy Meyers on YouTube

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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 the entire series on criminal justice reform at upstream-ideas.com

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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

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HINDA meets with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx

              Recently elected Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx met with Rabbi Meir Shimon Moscowitz, head shaliach of Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois, Rabbi Avraham Kagan, Government Affairs Director for LCI, and State and County … Continue reading

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Live From The Field

HINDA Institute wishes you a very Happy Chanukah!

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You DID IT! Thank you everyone.

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QUADRUPLE MATCHING FUND-A-THON RIGHT NOW!

Dateline 12/4/2016, 7:29 pm, Sunday night… Do you like what HINDA Institute does?  Be a part of our winning efforts – improving the lives of families and individuals materially, emotionally and spiritually – and bringing as many Jewish people back to … Continue reading

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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 Illinois Department of Corrections end up returning to prison within three years of being released, according to state data. Prison … Continue reading

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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 very special lady, Rabbi Scheiman’s late wife Hinda Gittel Alte Chaya, who returned her soul in purity to the Creator … Continue reading

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HINDA Newsletter Summer 2016

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An Inmate Writes to Thank Rabbi Scheiman, July 2016 / Tammuz 5776

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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.  We are including this to show you both the potential of people to learn and change, as well as the … Continue reading

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HINDA Newsletter Pesach 2016

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

   

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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 has joined him in expanding HINDA’s help to Jewish families and individuals across the state. Read the full article here … Continue reading

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Please Give Generously

As we approach the festive holiday of Purim and begin to prepare for the Chag HaGeulah of Pesach, we are reminded of our responsibility to help Jews in need around us and throughout the world. The requests for Tzedakah may … Continue reading

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HINDA on Criminal Justice, at the Illinois Policy Institute

Illinois Policy Institute Click the link to read this new interview vignette posted at IllinoisPolicy.org. “Statistics show that children of people who are incarcerated have a higher rate of incarceration later in life. It does affect them … Read more

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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 Justice and Sentencing Reform host a panel today to discuss new research and solutions towards reducing recidivism, today, February 24, in … Continue reading

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MAZEL TOV 60

    to HINDA Institute director Rabbi Binyomin Scheiman on his 60th birthday, the 18th of Shevat (Wednesday night and Thursday, Jan 27)! Rabbi Scheiman is accepting gifts in the amount of 60:

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News Video: Progress on State Criminal Justice Reform

            See the video at Nexstar’s   illinoishomepage.net

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Hiring?

Sheriff Tom Dart, in his opinion essay in Crain’s Chicago, suggests that employers and business decision-makers should give ex-offenders more opportunity in 2016: When I walk through the jail and analyze detainee criminal histories, it’s increasingly clear that those jailed … Continue reading

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Message to Rabbi Mendel

Dear Rabbi Mendel Scheiman: Thank you and God bless you for all you do. My husband was on the bus the other day and he met a (non-Jewish) man who noticed that my husband was obviously Jewish. He went on … Continue reading

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New Employment Hope

“Both state legislative chambers passed a bill sponsored by Rep. John Cabello, R-Machesney Park, that would allow nonviolent felony offenders to shield their criminal records from potential employers if they earn a high school diploma, associate’s degree, career certificate, vocational … Continue reading

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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 – Real lives are changed. #hindahelps Posted by Binyomin Scheiman on Sunday, November 29, 2015 When you donate to The … Continue reading

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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 YOU EVERY ONE! CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO THANK YOU FROM RABBI BINYOMIN SCHEIMAN

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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 from his unique perspective as an experienced chaplain. Among his points were: support for more community-based responses (less incarceration), planning for … Continue reading

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Recent speech about the HINDA Institute

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

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Cahnmann’s Roundtable

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Watch: The HINDA Institute

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On The Air with Avy Meyers 2

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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 aid, there are families we deal with who do not have enough for their most basic needs.  Sometimes the amounts … Continue reading

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Chanukah Thank You Dreidel

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Chanukah Newsletter

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

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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 prisons is someone with a collar. A Catholic priest. A Christian minister. But one man with a black fedora and … Continue reading

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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 At A Time, held in early November in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home of Aleph Institute Northeast Regional Headquarters. The conference / training … Continue reading

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November 2014 Newsletter

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

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Rabbi Scheiman’s speech in England

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Endangered Kosher Meals

Tired of prison food? Claim Judaism. This article by Dianne Frazee-Walker of the Prison Law Blog describes a frequent occurrence: prisoners, even if they are not Jewish, request kosher meals from the prison system.  Unfortunately, this situation can cause trouble … Continue reading

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August Newsletter

Check it out. 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, new plans and accomplishments in our latest newsletter publication:   Hinda Institute Summer Newsletter 5774

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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, toilets, showers, or food for almost a week, was covered on Chicago Tonight. http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/06/12/cook-county-jail-faces-another-lawsuit For more details, visit: http://uplcchicago.org/blog/

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Hinda Newsletter June 2014

Click here to read it! June Newsletter

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Hinda Newsletter

  The newsletter in PDF format

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May Newsletter

May Newsletter

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AAUW PUBLIC POLICY PROGRAM: RABBI SCHEIMAN TO THE RESCUE!

Some feedback from the AAUW PUBLIC POLICY PROGRAM: RABBI SCHEIMAN TO THE RESCUE! recently planned and implemented so capably by Moe Headington – Thank you, Moe   Wednesday, March 19, 2014.6:30 Reception – 7:00 Program Oak Brook Library • 600 … Continue reading

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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 intimidation by authority figures as well as inmates. On the other hand, sometimes unlikely friendships or alliances spring up. Read … Continue reading

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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, Rabbi Binyomin Scheiman wakes at 4 a.m. and gets ready for a 12- to 15-hour day that might see him … Continue reading

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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 sentencing for minorities and lengthy sentences for minor or first-time offenses are often antithetical to Jewish notions of restitution and … Continue reading

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Creating a safer society — 20 years of service.  JPAF visits every Jewish prisoner in the State of Illinois, every month, with words and deeds of inspiration, wisdom, morality, and common sense. Results? At least 70% of the individuals on … Continue reading

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Thank you from a former inmate

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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 a night in jail, but until recently she was in her own little prison. “I didn’t leave my home here … Continue reading

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