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Hebra Hesed Va-Amet

Founded in 1802, Hebra Hesed Va-Amet is the oldest continuing Jewish philanthropic organization in New York City. The Hebra provides dignified burials for indigent congregants and contributes to the maintenance of Shearith Israel’s cemeteries. Members of the Hebra Kadisha, integral to the Hebra Hesed Va-Amet, perform taharah for synagogue members. The Hebra provides the Mourners’ Meal after funerals and provides support for mourners during shibah.   To sponsor a meal for a mourner, click here.  To make a general donation to the Hebra which may be made in memory or in honor of someone, click here.  The Hebra will be notified of your donation. 


To get involved in the activities of the Hebra Hesed Va-Amet, please contact Jack Daar at To work with the Hebra Kadisha, contact Avery Neumark at, or Rose Guedalia Edinger at

Revolutionary War Torah Scrolls

In 1776, several British soldiers desecrated two of Shearith Israel’s Torah scrolls.

Benjamin N. Cardozo

Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Nathan Cardozo spoke of the need for the Congregation to maintain its historic traditions and to remain true to the customs and practices of the generations that had come before.