I Found the Key to Judaism in a Prison Cell

How should we engage secular Jews? Through culture, not religion.

We walked through the prison entrance, High Holy Day prayer books in hand, clad awkwardly in suits and kippot. We were led through a never-ending series of doors until we reached a white, barren room, where a group of convicted criminals awaited us, seated on plastic chairs around a folding table. That’s where I spent this past Yom Kippur: leading services for Jewish inmates at a medium-security federal...