“Love Your Fellow Man as Yourself”
"Spark of Light" Prison Programs
The Spark of Light program is the only national program that serves Jewish people incarcerated in the United States to ensure that they stay connected to their families, communities and Jewish heritage. Spark of Light social programs and services provide for the religious, rehabilitation and humanitarian needs of individuals and their families from the moment of arrest, during the pre-sentencing stage and trial, and throughout their imprisonment. Spark of Light helps inmates amend their wrongs, seek forgiveness and have the best possible opportunity to return to society as purposeful, responsible people.
The Spark of Light Program addresses the fundamental Torah principle to love every Jew as ourselves. More than anyone else, Jews in prison need to know that they are not alone and that someone cares about them.
Prison is a lonely and frightening place. Inmates are cut off from their families and their communities. They are isolated and vulnerable to anti-Semitism and overt proselytizing. Even the strongest personalities can lose their identity and ability to cope.
Jewish inmates need our brotherly and sisterly love, together with the development of proper life-skills and educational materials and resources to become rehabilitated.