Unity for Justice

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Unity for Justice is a world-wide project, initiated to facilitate the liberation of  Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin from prison.  Sholom Mordechai ran the Iowa-based Agriprocessors kosher meat factory until it was closed down by federal authorities in 2008.

Sholom Rubashkin is the second-youngest son of  Rivkah and Aaron Rubashkin, a Lubavitcher hasidic butcher from Brooklyn, New York, born in Nevel, Russia.

In 1981, Sholom Rubashkin married Leah Goldman and spent a year learning in kollel. Afterwards he worked in his father’s butcher shop, until he and his wife were sent to Atlanta, Georgia as emissaries (shelihim) in the Chabad-Lubavitch outreach program. A year later the couple moved to Minnesota, from where Rubashkin commuted to his father’s new meat-packing plant in Postville for approximately three years before they relocated to Postville. The couple has ten children.

Rubashkin was arrested for defrauding a bank in order to maintain a line of credit to keep the family business afloat. Unlike others charged with similar crimes, Sholom Mordechai was not granted bail during his trial, was kept in solitary confinement for days, was denied kosher food and access to religious items for significant periods of time. In addition, the banks he defrauded had no complaint against him, because he made payments on time. The only crime was allegedly falsifying business information in order to acquire the loans.

Despite his alleged wrongdoings, Rubashkin is clearly not a threat to society, yet he has been treated like a violent criminal.  In June 2010, Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin was sentenced to 27 years imprisonment.

It is to this injustice that the wider Jewish community, and much of  general America,  has reacted so strongly. The American public expects its judicial system to be just and non-discriminatory.  Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin’s sentence is far harsher than his crime, and Judge Linda Reade’s decision disappointed many Americans’ faith in their legal system.

The Rubashkin case has resulted in solidarity evenings, prayer gatherings and generous contributions to Sholom Mordechai’s defense team. The injustice has bolstered widespread unity among people from all walks of life. Why has this case touched so many hearts across the world?

Participants: (In order of appearance)

Ken Burges, Dovid Gabay, Mendy Werdyger, Beri weber, Yeedle, Yossi Green, Yehudah Green, MBD, Benny Friedman, Aaron Razel, Lipa, Boruch Levine, Michoel Schnitzler, Shloime Taussig, Mendy Werzberger, Sruly Werdyger, Bentzi Marcus, Yossi Goldstein, Avi and Yossi Piamenta, Dovid Dachs, Shloime Gertner, Avrohom Fried, Yaakov Shwekey, Sparks Choir,Y-love, Yanky Lemmer, Gad Elbaz, Shloime Dachs, Ohad, Shira Choir, Describe, Yoni Zigelboum, Yitzchak Fuchs, Moshe Kravitsky, Avi Begun, Rivi Schwebel, Ari Klein, Shua Kessin, Dovid Stein, Michoel Pruzansky, C Lanzbom.

Donate Now. http://unityforjustice.com/donate/.  Support the Rubashkin defense fund. Buy the sound track for 99 cents.

Song: Unity for Justice

Price: $0.99 (buy song)
Genres: World, Music, Electronic
Released: Oct 06, 2010 ℗ 2010 Aderet Music Corp.

Produced and Directed by: Danny Finkelman
Written and composed by: MBD and Shia Mendelowitz
Additional lyrics by: MBD and Moshe Kravitsky
Production assistance: Crystal Mazur, Amanda Pietrocola, Yossi Goldstein, Yeedle werdyger, Ronen Chen, Israel Bardugo, Ruli Ezrachi.
Music production: Eli Lishinsky, and Yitzchak Shem Tov
Mixed and mastered by: Eli Lishinsky
Vocal arrangements — Israel Edelson
Vocal production: Ruli Ezrachi
Vocals recorded by: Ruli Ezrachi (Protubes Studios), MBD Studios, Ken Burges (Zohar Melody) Brian Chirlo, Rick Mostacero (Bennett Studios) Yitzchak Shemtov (Benshimon Studios)
Event & Hall: The Jewish Children’s Museum, Rabbi Yerachmiel Benjamenson, Rabbi Sholom Ber Bomgarten, Zevi Steinhouser
Sponsored by: Trapcall.com of  TELTECH CORP
Film directed by: Mauricio Arenas
Film Crew: Louisa Merino, Roman Galinsky, Ruli Ezrachi
Film in Israel: אולפני ערוץ 10
Photography: Chaim Perl, Baruch Ezagui, Israel Bardugo
Website: Chaim Perl and Meir Perelstein
Event Coordinator: Chaim Perl
Writer: Sandy Heller
Media Relations: Baruch Shlanger
Graphic design: Moshe Cohen of Braintoaster
Shira Choir: Conducted by: Shraga Gold, with Yoel Horowitz, Moishe Eisenberg, Zevi Fried, Don Stern, Sruly Green.
Sparks Choir: Mendel Avtzen, Binyamin Biton, Avreimi Drizin, Yechiel Goldberg, Mendel Holtzberg, Yisroel Javitch, Menachem M. kahn,Yanki Kanevsky, Mendel Pikarsky, Shragi and Mendel Raksin, Nethanel Seabag, Mendy Shlanger, Shabi Soffer, Yechiel Zirkind.

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