For five years I served as an advisor to the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center (“Prisoner’s diet sparks ‘Who is a Jew?’ debate,” July 21). Now I volunteer as a chaplain. I donated a Jewish library, tallitot, tefillin, yarmulkes, Mahzorim, and prayer books, and made certain that there was kosher-for-Passover food as well as hallahs, matzot, and kosher grape juice, which I also donated.
For prisoners requesting kosher food, the criteria was for the prisoner to have a rabbi vouch that he really kept kosher. Many prisoners trade kosher food for other food and items in the prison. In reality, many do not keep kosher. Many times the kosher food tasted better.
Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg