web analytics
July 7, 2015 / 20 Tammuz, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


OJCB’s Chanukah Awards Event

West-Coast-logo

The Orthodox Jewish Chaplaincy Board (OJCB) of Southern California recently held its Chanukah candle lighting program with Jewish inmates at Men’s Central Jail (MCJ), Twin Towers Correctional Facilities (TTCF) and Pitches Detention Center (PDC).

On the fifth night of Chanukah the OJCB visited MCJ. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Correctional Services & Custody Operations Division Chief Alexander Yim, Inmate Services Bureau Director Karen Dalton and other high-ranking members of the Los Angeles School District (LASD) were in attendance as the OJCB presented awards to the well-deserved recipients.

LASD Custody assistants Jason Alexander Case and Ricardo J. Pedroza and MCJ Captain Ralph G. Ornelas and TTCF Lt. Elior Morejon were recognized for their outstanding support and endorsement of the OJCB’s efforts. LA County Commissioner Howard Winkler, the OJCB director and senior chaplain, told the honorees, “Your commitment and dedication to the OJCB and to the inmates we serve is greatly appreciated. The Orthodox Jewish Chaplaincy Board recognizes your professionalism and commends you for exemplary service.”

 

(L-R) OJCB Director and Senior Chaplain Howard Winkler; Sheriff Lee Baca; OJCB Senior Chaplains Rabbi Shimon Raichik and Rabbi Gavriel Cohen; Correctional Services & Custody Operations Division Chief Alexander Yim; TTCF Lt. Elior Morejon; and MCJ Captain Ralph G. Ornelas.

Inmate Services Bureau Director Karen Dalton and Lt. John Hunter accepted awards on behalf of the Religious & Volunteer Services Unit for their professional management of the programs performed by the OJCB.

Rabbi Zvi Bojarski, West Coast director of the Aleph Institute, a Florida-based chaplaincy organization working with Jewish Inmates in many different jails and prisons throughout the country, and Rabbi Gavriel Hershoff, executive director of Aish Tamid of Los Angeles, a multifaceted outreach and crisis intervention program for the community’s teens and young adults, were recognized as well for their outstanding support and endorsement of the OJCB’s efforts. Both Rabbi Bojarski and Rabbi Hershoff are active OJCB chaplains at the L.A. County jails.

CPA Michele Lelah, who works with attorney and CPA Yosef Manela, was honored for her dedication to the OJCB’s mission. Lelah and Manela handle all OJCB financial and legal matters.

Elinor Marks-Gordon, LCSW, director of the Holocaust Survivor Program at Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Los Angeles, was also honored for her work with OJCB. The OJCB is exploring the possibility of setting up an “Adopt-A-Holocaust-Survivor” program in conjunction with JFS. Under the program, Jewish high school students would develop a relationship with and visit Holocaust survivors at least once a week. They would focus on those survivors with no immediate family members living near them.

Winkler, the OJCB director and senior chaplain, presented a commendation plaque to Sheriff Baca for his support of and close cooperation with OJCB. A special recognition award from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and L.A. City Council members was presented to Baca for his “steadfast leadership of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department” and to the OJCB for “dedicated, outstanding and compassionate service to the inmates of the L. A. County jail.”

All awardees who were present, as well as the OJCB, received commendations from Rep. Brad Sherman, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors and L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz.

Sinai Glatt Kosher Catering (RCC Glatt) catered the event with a gourmet buffet dinner that included Chanukah delicacies.

Following the awards program, the chaplains, their assistants and OJCB volunteers visited the Jewish inmates and participated in the usual Chanukah festivities.

The OJCB is in desperate need of soft-cover sefarim and other appropriate reading materials (in Hebrew/English, Hebrew/Farsi and English only versions). All books must be new or in good condition, with no notes or anything else written inside.

A receipt will be sent to all contributors. Please send your tax-deductible contributions to: Orthodox Jewish Chaplaincy Board, P.O. Box 480454, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “OJCB’s Chanukah Awards Event”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas speaking in Ramallah. (archive)
170 Hamas Men Arrested in PA Sweep of Judea, Samaria
Latest Sections Stories
Grieff-070315

In the face of evil, we can do acts of kindness. We can do good deeds.

Teens-Twenties-logo

I realized that I am an integral part of that man who wished to win – I am also a part of a nation; I felt like I was standing there and shouting, “I won.”

Teens-Twenties-logo

As I powerfully belted out the song, Ani Maamin B’emunah Sheleima – which means “I believe in God with full faith” – a thought suddenly crossed my mind.

Ganz-View-From-Window-logo

I do not suggest abandoning civilization for a pristine desert island or a hilltop in Judea or Samaria.

After diamonds were discovered in South Africa in the mid-1800s, Antwerp regained its prominence as the diamond capital of the world.

Search the Internet for innovative barbeque items and you might just be surprised at what you come across.

Orlando was once a place where people came only to visit and vacation. Now it is home to a burgeoning Torah community, a place Jewish families can be proud to call home.

You’re not seeking perfection. You’re seeking a life that an average person can manage and feel good about. Don’t feel pressure to change everything at once.

The smuggler’s life has been changed forever. He is faced with a major criminal charge. He will probably be sent to prison.

In Culture Shock, readers will also come to identify with a culture from the other end of Orthodox Jewry’s spectrum.

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Executive Function Disorder (EFD) have trouble keeping themselves organized and on-task.

Our Sages have told us exactly how we should act – and how our children should act – in Pirkei Avos, Ethics of the Fathers.

A second supposed difficulty actually becomes a reason to corroborate that Amestris is Esther.

I work with the Bible in one hand and the tools of excavation in the other.

More Articles from Jeanne Litvin
West-Coast-logo

We couldn’t help noticing that the first transaction that took place when he came into the store included a customer buying The Jewish Press.

Tal Dimenstein has been selected to present her ELI Talk about Appreciation during this year’s conference in Chicago.

Ramsay, daughter of famed football coach Jack Ramsay, has served the City of Los Angeles for the past 15 years.

Rabbi Cohen is amongst an elite group of educators worldwide, collaborating with Apple on global education initiatives and embracing new opportunities to bring the freshest, most innovative ideas to students everywhere.

Rabbi Pinni Dunner and Holocaust survivor Heddy Orden.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/west-coast-happenings/ojcbs-chanukah-awards-event/2013/01/10/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: