The 'Jewish Hillbilly' in an Israeli Jail
Jeffrey, was someone that I interviewed a while back on my show that made aliyah to Israel.
I interviewed him because of his fascinating background and stories he had to tell, about growing up as a hillbilly in North Carolina, and his Jewish roots and spiritual Journey.
Excerpt: "His father was a holocaust survivor, his mother a Cherokee Indian. He grew up barefoot, in overalls and straw hat, in the Hill Country of North Carolina. His neighbors were Ku Klux Klan who made moonshine and walked around with shotguns. So how did this 'Hillbilly' end up in Yeshiva in Israel? Hear this hilarious, dramatic, amazing story of one of our very own INR Listeners!"
Jeffrey is now sitting in an Israeli jail waiting trial for apparently (to my understanding) shipping to Israel with his belongings, one of his guns he had legally, in the USA. When authorities checked his belongings, they found his gun and they arrested him. One has to have a licence in Israel to own a gun, it doesn't matter what the laws were in America.Jeffrey, being new to the country has no friends or family here. We have all kind of adopted him and try our best to visit him in jail in Ashekelon.
Would you all do a big mitzvah (good deed, act of kindness) and please drop a card or a letter to Jeffrey saying that you are praying for him and that he will be released soon and go on to live his life in peace and happiness? (Please don't ask him anything about his case as anything he says/writes could be used against him. Just tell him a bit about yourself, and how you wish him the best and are praying for him.) He received one letter from a listener, just one, but it made him so very happy! He even read me the letter he got, it really lifted his spirits! I thought, look what this one letter did for him! What a great act of kindness this person did for Jeffrey. --- Think what it is like to be in a cell with others, and everyone gets mail from their loved ones, and you gave up your home and language and culture to make aliyah to Israel, and so you know few people here, and your name is never called when the mail comes.
Please do this act of kindness and write to Jeffrey.
His mailing address is:
To: Shmuel Zatam (*This is how Jeffrey is known in the jail, --his Hebrew name)
Ezor Ta'asiya (industrial zone), P.O. Box 17
And may you all be inscribed for a wonderful and good year!