News Briefs: Chanukah Lights in Jail


by E. Silberstein - Harris County, TX

December 19, 2006

Jewish inmates in the Harris County Jail are making history this Chanukah. In addition to the first time ever candle lighting ceremony that will take place, officials have granted permission for Jewish inmates to choose to live together in a single facility, a “Jewish Unit” that will use Judaism as a tool for rehabilitation.

The Jewish Herald Voice reports on the monumental changes that are being spearheaded by Rabbi Dovid Goldstein of Chabad Lubavitch of Texas. “It will be a truly awesome sight,” Rabbi Goldstein said of the upcoming candle lighting ceremony. “Prisons and jails are such dark places, both physically and spiritually, especially for Jews. But this Chanukah, G-d willing, there will be a moment of incredible light.”

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