This energetic human being has committed himself for almost 30 years to personally and professionally help better the lives of a forgotten segment of our population.
In 1984, soon after receiving his Rabbinical Ordination, he spent the high holidays leading services in the Federal Prison Camp in Allenwood, Pennsylvania. Thus began a career of working with Jewish men and women incarcerated in the Federal, state and local prisons.
In 1991, he settled in Pittsburgh, PA, opening the "Aleph Institute – North East Region", and has worked with Federal, state and county officials, in providing for the religious needs of the Jewish men and women incarcerated, and humanitarian needs of the inmates’ families. These are souls who have become lost to the rest of world. By fulfulling their spiritual needs, they become productive members of society instead of a demand on government resources.
While he started out single-handedly visiting the multitude of prisons in the North East of the United States, Rabbi Vogel now oversees and coordinates staff and volunteers who arrange regular visits to prisons in multiple states, getting very personally involved as his persistence to smooth issues is neccesary.
The Rabbi has been called upon to testify before the Pennsylvania state judiciary committee as a prison expert, has worked with Pennsylvania Senator Spector’s office in the writing of Federal law affecting Jewish inmates, and has worked and continues to work with Federal, state and local officials on a daily basis, on many issues.
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