Prison is a lonely and frightening place where you get shut-out of life as you know it from your friends and family, overwhelming even the most resilient personality feeling helpless. Our dedicated La’surim volunteers are a backbone in these difficult times addressing each persons need both inside and bringing support from the outside. We established many programs with the emphasis towards easing the daily hardship they are going through. Some of these key programs are: Prisoner Visitation, Clergy Visits, Pen-Pal, Prisoners Welfare, Kosher Food Distribution, Learning Programs, Halachic and Kosher answers, Monthly Newsletter, Visitors Transportation, Family and Friends FAQ and more…
Prisoner Visitation - Family and friends are most appreciated in these times when you feel purged out of everyone’s life. It is a ray of hope for a prisoner to have visits from the outside, something to look forward out of the constant reminders of the situation you are in. We have put together a system in tracking on the visiting schedules to maximize and give encouragement for family and friends to support their loved ones.
We have also built a continuously growing volunteer network of people willing to visit inmates and contribute their time, heart, and smile for people going through these challenging time and in need for a person to show they care and willing to listen.
Rabbinical (Clergy) Visitation - We coordinate rabbinical visitation teaching the Jewish Law and giving advice on prison related issues and given the importance to an inmate the need for a warm word coming from a warm place that is close deep down to their heart.
Pen-Pal – Receiving a hand-written letter in prison has the most profound feeling of joy, and more so is having to whom to write back a few meaningful words and being able to express yourself to someone giving one a glimpse of life, helping them cope and rebuilding their inner self…
L’Asurim created a sizable network of all types of people young, old, mothers, and retired from various backgrounds from doctors, lawyers, Jewish scholars, to electricians where we match you up with an inmate that matches common interests based on the signup kit we created which includes prison rules, sample letters, outline of what to write and what not to write etc…
Prisoners Welfare Advocacy – Your basic rights in prison is restricted, especially when it comes to your religious needs there are major obstacles on every level. You are treated as another number and your voice cannot be heard from the inside. We have improved on these issues in many areas with the hard work of the many people involved and their dedication to improve on one’s religious rights for the individual and for all of the inmates as a group by establishing a mutual understanding with the prison officers and through lobbying.
Kosher Food Supply Network – As a Jew your options for food and supplies are very much limited in prison. LA’Surim is working with major kosher distributors who are willing comply with prison requirements in order to provide for Jewish inmates an opportunity of having kosher food accessible.
Learning Programs & Religious Articles – Learning is the strongest foundation both for the educated scholar and for a beginner giving a higher purpose to strive for and a stepping stone for rehabilitation.La’surim has implemented a scholar program providing religious books, schedule for weekly achievements to keep one fulfilled and promote higher education.
Halachic & Kashres – There are many questions that arises inside the prison walls on a daily basis that require knowledge of the halacha and the reality of prison in which La’surim has the experience with the guidance of our today’s dayanim
Monthly Support Newsletter – A monthly newsletter is being distributed to all inmates delivering quality content with support columns, various interesting articles, and mind stimulating puzzles to keep the mind running and getting a breeze of the outside world.
Visitors Transportation – we try to reduce to burden of friends and families of visiting with our network of volunteer drivers doing round trips to prison so they can visit hassle free their loved ones.
Family & Friends FAQ – When the unfortunate happens and everything comes crashing down the family is in desperate need to a word of advice, answer their countless questions, having someone to listen and relate to their situation. With our connection of families and people experienced in these matters we connect you to the someone willing to share their experiences as a family member of an inmate or advice from a former inmate that has been through these rough times.