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Prisoner Rehabilitation Program

 
     
  Rabbi Grossman moved to Migdal Ha’Emek, joined in the conversations of idle youth gathering on street corners and frequently visited the town's discos and pubs, engaging the young clientele in dialogue. As he spent time with these youths, Rabbi Grossman learned that many of their fathers and brothers were sitting in jail for various offenses. He began visiting prisoners in Israel's jails, giving them words of encouragement and providing them with young educators to teach them the beauty of the Jewish way of life.

Once at a Chanukah party with the prisoners. During the course of the celebration, Rabbi Grossman paid special attention to each individual even though there where many of them, and at one point he approached one of participants and kissed him. A week later he received a post card from the man with the words: "I am one of the prisoners whom you kissed last week. I would like you to know that since I have been born, this is the first time I have ever felt that someone has really loved me". Rabbi Grossman was so touched by the note, realizing that there are so many people who have never received love.

With the sanction of the prison authorities, Rabbi Grossman established the Center for Prisoner Rehabilitation. In this half-way house, prisoners learned Torah, Judaism, and job skills to prepare them for life outside.

Thanks to the Center, hundreds of prisoners were successfully integrated into normal live.

The recidivism rate among the "graduates" of Migdal Ohr's rehabilitation activities stands at about 10%; a sharp contrast to the 90% in the general prison population.
  
     
  
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