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Mishpacha Junior Speaks to a Prison Chaplain

Rochel Burstyn

Rabbi Yehuda Spritzer of Chabad in Monroe Township, New Jersey, visits and encourages Jews behind bars. In this interview, we find out what out what his job entails.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

chaplanMJ: Hi, Rabbi Spritzer. How did you become a prison chaplain?

RS: I started as a volunteer. When a position opened for a state-employed chaplain in New Jersey State Prison, a 25-minute drive from my house, I applied and was hired. I’m there for all the prisoners, although I focus primarily on the Yidden. I visit on Mondays and Thursdays for eight hours per day. There are non-Jewish chaplains on the other days. I daven with the prisoners, put tefillin on them, and give shiurim. My job is to make sure they have what they’re entitled to according to the Right of Religion. I make sure Jewish objects are available for them. 

 

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