FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rabbi Yaakov Menken 301-727-2700
Rabbi Pesach Lerner 917-209-8204
Coalition for Jewish Values Calls for Pollard Freedom on Humanitarian
Baltimore, MD, Oct. 30, 2019 — The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV),
representing over 1000 traditional rabbis in matters of public policy,
called today for the termination of parole for Jonathan Pollard on
humanitarian grounds, and his release from all associated restrictions.The
CJV noted that Mrs. Esther Pollard is currently undergoing treatment for
cancer at advanced stages, and release would enable Mr. Pollard to
adequately care for his ailing wife.
"Jonathan Pollard was a model prisoner and has been a model parolee," said
Rabbi Pesach Lerner, President of the CJV. "Given his wife's health and need
for assistance reaching treatment locations, pharmacies and even basic
needs, the current extreme limitations on Mr. Pollard's movements are not merely an
unjustified part of a disproportionate sentence, but are also causing him
and his family unnecessary hardship during a very trying time.
We call upon all relevant officials, including the President himself, to
find an appropriate legal mechanism to immediately grant Mr. Pollard his
freedom after 30 years behind bars and nearly four years of parole with
The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), the largest rabbinic public policy
organization in America, articulates and advocates for public policy
positions based upon traditional Jewish thought.