Unity for Justice

Unity for Justice has united 30 Jewish musicians in a single musical production to promote universal unity amongst Jewish and secular communities, in the hope and belief that unity and togetherness will raise public awareness for Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin’s case, and increase donations to help fund his legal team.Sholom Mordechai ran the Iowa-based Agriprocessors kosher meat factory until it was closed down by federal authorities in 2008. Subsequently, 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.

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
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.