Archive for February, 2010

Letter by Rabbi Menachem Katz about Martin Grossman and Jewish Prisoners

February 24, 2010

Rabbi Katz is the head of Jewish prisoner outreach at the
Aleph Institute. He is an incredible human being and changes the lives of many of our nation’s incarcerated Jews, including the late Martin Grossman.

Dear Friend,

I’m writing to you as one of over 34,000 people that signed the online petition to save Martin Grossman’s life. Another thirty thousand people also signed paper petitions as well. Tens of thousands of others called the Governor’s office and sent faxes and emails. In all, over one thousand people took steps to help save the life of another human being. I personally spent four hours with Martin on the day of his execution and I can tell you that this outpouring of love and warmth from the world Jewish community gave him comfort and strength. Martin passed away as a true Bal Teshuva, he took responsibility for his actions, expressed his most sincere remorse for his behavior and became a very humble and caring human being. Martin had no anxiety or fear of his imminent death because he knew about and felt the love that his brothers and sisters had for him around the world. By signing this petition you fulfilled the greatest Mitzvah in the Torah “To Love your Fellow Jew as yourself”. Martin requested that this show of unity and love amongst Jews from all walks of life should continue and not stop with his death. In fact the last he words he uttered in this world after Shema Yisroel were Ahavat Yisrael (Love of a fellow Jew). Martin’s Death was sad and unfortunate but you can make sure that it was not in vain.

There are four thousand Jewish inmates just in the United States. There are thousands of Jewish inmates in Israel and in other countries around the world. Martin created an awareness in the Jewish community of the plight of Jewish inmates in the penal system. To lift up the spirits of a Jew in prison is fulfilling “Love your fellow Jew as yourself” on the highest level. In one aspect, there is no worse situation that a human being can be in than prison. When one loses his or her freedom it is even worse than being sick because in prison you lose all control of your own life. A person may be in prison for committing a crime and may deserve to be there but we still have to help him or her and show them love and help them to mend their ways and return to society as law abiding and contributing members of society. The Aleph Institute has been working with and assisting Jewish prisoners for close to thirty years all over the United States.

We want to invite you to become a partner with us in this important Mitzvah. Please visit our website www.alephinstitute.org to learn more about what we do and how you can get involved. You may want to start visiting Jewish prisoners or become a pen pal or donate used or new books. How many of you have Jewish books at home that you no longer have any use for? Why should those books go to the garbage or be buried? There are many other ways that you can help and get involved. Some may just want to donate money to help Aleph fund the correspondence courses we offer or the printing of %u200Ethe books we publish and provide free of charge to Jewish prisoners. The one thing we should not do is to do nothing at all.

Thank you again for standing up and making your voice heard. The world needs more people like you who care and are willing to do something about it.

Rabbi Menachem Katz
The Aleph Institute
9540 Collins Ave
Surfside, FL 33154
mmk@alephinstitute.org
Phone: 305-864-5553
Fax: 305-864-5675
www.alephinstitute.org

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URGENT TAKE ACTION TIME SENSITIVE CAMPAIGN TO STOP SCHEDULED FEB. 16TH EXECUTION OF MARTIN GROSSMAN!

February 13, 2010

There is an Urgent Take Action campaign on behalf of Martin Grossman who is scheduled to be executed in Florida on Feb. 16th that is time sensitive. If you are against the death penalty, please take action ASAP and share as widely as possible. What is important is how many people Gov. Crist hears from that are opposed to Martin Grossman’s execution.

Click here for more information about Martin and why he should not be executed.

Right now, people are asking for a 60 Day Stay, so a Clemency Petition can be prepared.

Please either call or e-mail Gov. Crist plus the 3 other members of the FL Clemency Board ASAP and tell them that you are opposed to Martin Grossman’s execution and request Gov. Crist and the Clemency Board to grant Martin Grossman a 60 Day Stay.

Gov. Crist’s telephone: 850-488-7146
E-mail: charlie.crist@myflorida.com

Below  I’m pasting 4 separate letters you can just cut and paste and type your name and location, along with the respective e-mail addresses to send the letters.

If you prefer to call, here are the Clemency Board Members telephone numbers: 1) Atty. Gen. McCollum: 850-241-18852) CFO, Alex Sink: 850-413-31003) Agriculture Commissioner Charles Branson: 850-488-3022 (Gen. phone for Office of Exec. Clemency: 850-488-2952) Please remember to call Gov. Crist, see above.

Time is of the essence!

NOTE: If you’re not from FL, please only type your name & leave out your city and state on all letters. Florida – please put your state

SUBJECT LINE OF ALL 4 LETTERS: P LEASE GRANT MARTIN GROSSMAN 60 DAY STAY

1) Letter #1:

Cut and paste the following:

Dear Gov. Crist,

My family and I respectfully request that you grant Martin Grossman a 60-Day Stay, in order for a Clemency Petition to be prepared.

You are a humanitarian and have been an excellent leader and have deftly handled difficult issues. We hope you do the right thing in Mr. Grossman’s case.

Respectfully yours,

Name:

City/State:

e-mail to:  charlie.crist@myflorida.com

cc to:   ClemencyWeb@fpc.state.fl.us

Gov. Crist tel: 850-488-7146

Please cut and paste send the following letters to the other 3 members of the FL Clemency Board.

Clemency Board Members in addition to Gov. Crist are: Atty. Gen. Bill McCollum; Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and Commissioner of Agriculture, Charles Branson

SUBJECT LINE: PLEASE GRANT MARTIN GROSSMAN 60 DAY STAY

2) Ltr. # 2, please cut and paste:

Dear Atty. General McCollum,

My family and I respectfully request that you grant Martin Grossman a 60-Day Stay, in order for a Clemency Petition to be prepared.

As Attorney General, we hope you will do the right thing in Mr. Grossman’s case.

Respectfully yours,

Name:

City/State

e-mail above letter to:  info@BillMcCollum.com

Send cc to:  ClemencyWeb@fpc.state.fl.us

Atty. Gen. McCollum tel: 850-241-1885

3) Letter #3:

SUBJECT LINE: PLEASE GRANT MARTIN GROSSMAN 60 DAY STAY

Please cut and paste:

Dear Officer Sink:

My family and I respectfully request that you grant Martin Grossman a 60-Day Stay, in order for a Clemency Petition to be prepared.

As Chief Financial Officer, we hope you will do the right thing in Mr. Grossman’s case.

Respectfully yours,

Name:

City/State

e-mail above letter to:  alex.sink@myfloridacfo.com

send cc to: ClemencyWeb@fpc.state.fl.us

CFO Alex Sink Tel: 850-413-3100

4) Letter 4:

 SUBJECT LINE: PLEASE GRANT MARTIN GROSSMAN 60 DAY STAY

Please cut and paste:

Dear Commissioner Branson,

My family and I respectfully request that you grant Martin Grossman a 60-Day Stay, in order for a Clemency Petition to be prepared.

As Agriculture Commissioner, we hope you will do the right thing in Mr. Grossman’s case.

Respectfully yours,

Name:

City/State

e-mail above letter to: commissioner@doacs.state.fl.us

send cc to: ClemencyWeb@fpc.state.fl.us
Commisstioner Branson Tel: 850-488-3022

Gen. Tel. of Office of Executive Clemency: 850-488-2952