Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CDCR seeks to help religious inmates observe holy days

By Alexandra Powell, Office of External Affairs

With the holidays approaching, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is taking steps to facilitate the religious needs of inmates.  The Aleph Institute, a national, Jewish faith-based non-profit organization will host Spark of Light program at six CDCR institutions to assist inmates in observing Hanukkah.  Spark of Light is the only program in the United States serving Jewish inmates to ensure that they stay connected with their families, communities and Jewish heritage.  The program administrators will bring with them a pair of tefillin, a prayer book and a yarmulke.  All inmates will be informed of the program and will have the opportunity to participate regardless of religious preference.   
A program schedule is listed below:

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility – December 18, 2014
California State Prison, Corcoran – December 19, 2014
Avenal State Prison – December 21, 2014
Pleasant Valley State Prison– December 22, 2014
California Training Facility – December 23, 2014
Salinas Valley State Prison – December 23, 2014

For additional information about the upcoming program series, please contact Mr. Dave Skaggs at David.Skaggs@cdcr.ca.gov or (916) 324-1441.

For questions about CDCR, please call, Alexandra Powell with the Office of External Affairs at (916) 445-4950.

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