Migdal Ohr Prisoner Rehabilitation Program
Migdal Ohr is extremely proud of our Center for Prisoner Rehabilitation. With the sanction of prison authorities, Rabbi Grossman established this program which strives to improve the social and communal values of those incarcerated. In addition to vocational and practical job skills training, the inmates are taught ethics and wholesome lifestyle habits in order to fully prepare them for a life outside of prison. This program has proven to be phenomenally successful and thousands of former prisoners have been reintegrated into mainstream society, living honest and crime-free lives. Our program graduates have a 20% recidivism rate, compared to the 80% rate among the general prison population.
In three of the most brutal prisons in Israel; Shata Prison, in Beit Shaan, Megiddo Prison in Megiddo, and Jelemy Prison in Haifa, Rabbi Grossman has established spiritual safe havens for criminals to begin rehabilitation while still incarcerated. During the Jewish holidays and once a month the prisoners are invited to a party where they are taught the significance of the holidays. Rabbi Grossman personally attends these celebrations.
After release from prison, select graduates - each of whom have served a minimum of ten years in prison - are released into Rabbi Grossman's "custody". They are given the opportunity to resettle with their families in Migdal Ha'Emek and enroll in Migdal Ohr's Kollel "Yad Le'Asir", which also serves as a guest house for prisoners currently attending the Prison Rehabilitation Program.
Our soup kitchen provides free hot lunches to hundreds of deprived residents of Migdal Ha'Emek every day. Recipients of the program can either eat in the soup kitchen, pick up packaged lunches to take home, or arrange for home delivery.