If your loved one has been incarcerated, please call Rabbi Chaim or Rabbi Binyomin Scheiman or Abigail Rabinowitz at the Hinda Institute directly for assistance. We will help you find resources on a case by case basis. Below you will find some guidelines to help you through the system.

Please fill in the Family Intake Form and submit it to us so that we can better assist you.

 Hinda Heroes

I was married to Y for about 25 years and we had had 5 children together.  My husband had lost his job earlier that year but we seemed to be managing. My husband was doing part time work in our place of worship where we attended. Much to my shock, my husband was accused of a sexual offense by another congregant's family in our place of worship and my husband went to Jail.

I couldn’t pay his bail and the Hinda Institute stepped in without any questions.  I was so touched it brought me to tears. This made a big difference because I was scared for my husband's safety in jail given the nature of the crime. In hindsight, it also gave the younger children a few more years together with their father.

In the end, he was in fact convicted. I felt ostracized from my place of worship and embarrassed to go there especially since I knew the family of the victim.  I lost many friends. Even my kids were looked down upon in school. I didn't have a job and we were thrown into poverty. It was also hard managing the kids who were either sad, depressed or angry depending on their age. Furthermore, my husband was severely depressed. The Hinda Institute called me every week; it was great to have someone to talk to who didn’t judge me.

The Hinda Institute sent me money monthly while I found a low paying job. They helped my oldest son find a job as well. They found me a better paying job and encouraged me to go back to school. In the end I decided to divorce my husband and the Hinda Institute helped organize a GET for me.  While we are still struggling and rebuilding our lives as a family; I am grateful for the help of the Hinda Institute.

Hinda Heroes 

 My son was convicted of an offense and incarcerated a few years ago. I believe to this day that he is innocent and was manipulated into a confession by the police because he has developmental challenges. I feel the whole situation is unfair; but I understand that it is hard for people to believe me.

In prison, Rabbi Scheiman helps if issues arise with my son’s kosher food and holidays. The staff in some institutions were not always cooperative and Rabbi Scheiman intervened. For example, my son sometimes was the only person at a Seder and the staff resented the inconvenience of having to wait while he reads the Haggadah.  I feel very comforted that chaplains are visiting him.

Someone from the Hinda institute calls me every week. It is fun going to events. Even though I don’t keep Shabbos, it is an opportunity to be around other people and not feel out of place or hide a part of myself - I like the comradery. I like participating in the cooking events. I appreciate getting the packages before the holidays as well. My son will one day come out of prison, but I know there will still be a lot of challenges. I am an optimistic person and I know that I will deal with them when they come. The Hinda Institute said that they will help.