Thank you for your article describing the plight of observant Jews in prison (“Judaism Behind Bars,” Oct. 25). I have known Elsa Newman for 12 years and have been amazed at her remarkable resilience and her commitment to Jewish values in the most trying of circumstances. There are many observers of her case, like myself, who have come to be convinced of her innocence and shocked at the miscarriage of justice that led to her conviction. I am glad your article has made readers aware of this isolated part of our Jewish community serving time in prison and yearning for deeper connections with the larger Jewish community. It is inspiring how much Elsa Newman has given to the prison community while fighting for her freedom.
Dr. Joyanna Silberg