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The Aleph Institute is a 501c3 certified non-profit Jewish organization dedicated to assisting and caring for the wellbeing of members of specific populations that are isolated from the regular community: U.S. military personnel , prisoners, and people institutionalized or at risk of incarceration due to mental illness or addictions. Aleph addresses their religious, educational, and spiritual needs, advocates and lobbies for their civil and religious rights, and provides support to their families at home left to fend for themselves. The Aleph Institute is committed to criminal justice reform and recidivism reduction through preventive-education and faith-based rehabilitation programs, re-entry assistance, alternative sentencing guidance and counsel, and policy research and recommendations.
The Aleph Institute is a national non-profit organization, founded in 1981 by Rabbi Sholom Ber Lipsker at the express direction of the Chabad-Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson.
Over 35 years since its founding, with the early and staunch endorsement of Judge Jack Weinstein, Senior Judge (EDNY), Aleph is fortunate to include in its network an impressive array of jurists, judges, attorney generals, and military officers, and to be recognized by both the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Aleph Institute’s team has grown from just one rabbi to over 40 dedicated staff members and more than 300 volunteers, who have literally saved lives, touched countless individuals, and impacted thousands of families across the country. We are an equal opportunity employer.
Aleph is made up of a number of departments that service the following constituencies:
- Military personnel and their families
- Prisoners and their families
- Clients at mental institutions and rehabilitation centers
- Young adults at risk
- Former inmates