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Prisons Pray for Surge in Chaplains

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/celebrations_simchas/article/prisons_pray_for_surge_in_chaplains_20031003

Those who might have the greatest need to repent this High Holiday season may not be able to. A severe shortage in Jewish chaplains has led to a situation where the spiritual needs of some prisoners in California's state and federal correctional institutions are not being met. "When it comes to holidays and services, there's a very real concern that we're not doing a very effective and adequate job at serving in institutionalized settings," said Rabbi Mark Diamond, executive vice president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California (BOR). "There are many institutionalized Jews that do not have the benefits of a rabbi."

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