The Rebbe


The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, leader of the Lubavitch Movement was revolutionary in his vision for crime, punishment and subsequent reentry into society. He strongly emphasized that those who have been incarcerated are always human beings with infinite potential.  

The Rebbe felt that the goal of incarceration was not punishment but an opportunity to self- reflect, improve and start a new life. During a farbrengen in the late 1970’s, the Rebbe issued a call to remember those all too easily forgotten. The elderly, the infirm and the incarcerated. Chabad Houses around the world responded with unprecedented efforts in this direction.

Watch  this video of the Rebbe speaking in 1976 on the topic "Prisoners are People" 

Read about the Rebbe's vision on prison reform  Prison and Reform - A Torah View


 Biography of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe

(1902 to 1994)

The Lubavitcher Rebbe was one of the outstanding rabbinical leaders of our century. He was born in Russia under the communist regime, escaped Nazi-occupied Europe and arrived in the United States in 1941. He was instrumental in reviving Jews all over the world to reaffirm their identities after the devastation of the holocaust. He initiated multiple campaigns to bring Jews back to their heritage, the learning of Torah and Jewish pride and identity. The Rebbe has over 200 volumes of published works.