Prayers From Rikers

Rabbi Misha Shulman
7 min readApr 17, 2023
Photo Gerardo Romo

“My son plays soccer right over there,” Shira tells us as she drives us into the parking lot on route to Rikers Island. She parks the car, and our small delegation of rabbis and activists pick up our passes that will allow us to drive over the bridge and enter the jail. The four of us, Shira, Rabbi Margo and Rabbi Becky from T’ruah and me had come, one week before Passover, to join the prayer services and teach Torah to the Jews who find themselves…

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Rabbi Misha Shulman

Jerusalem born, Misha has been working at the cusp of religion, art and activism since 1999. Rabbi @ The New Shul and Director of School for Creative Judaism.