Friedman: Chaplains have much to offer inmates

Friedman: Chaplains have much to offer inmates

When prison chaplains go to work in the morning, Rabbi Manis Friedman says they should remember one overriding lesson: They’re not amateur psychologists.

In fact, Friedman, the keynote speaker at this weekend’s Annual Regional Jewish Chaplain’s Conference Sunday at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill, said inmates must survive morally behind bars as well as psychologically.

The theme of the conference, which the Aleph Institute, Northeast Region is sponsoring, is “Who Cares About Jews in Prison.

The topic of Friedman’s speech is “Should A Community Dedicate Valuable resources to a Jew in Prison?”

It’s the morality way, with which chaplains can help.

“A person is not a problem solver. A human being is a moral choice maker,” Friedman told The Chronicle. “That’s the function of the human being, to constantly make the right moral choice.”

And it is, as Friedman said, “what contributions chaplains can make to a guy in prison,” to help inmates make the right choice.”

(Read this week’s Chronicle for the rest of the story.)

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