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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, with Caring Connection, provides support for mourners during shibah. To get involved in any of the activities of the Hebra Hesed Va-Amet, please contact Jack Daar at jdaar@hotmail.com. To work with the Hebra Kadisha, contact Avery Neumark at aneumark@rssmcpa.com, or Rose Guedalia Edinger at rgedinger@gmail.com

Revolutionary War Torah Scrolls

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

1776
The 'Pineapple' Rimonim

These bells adorned a Torah scroll at the consecration ceremony of the First Mill Street Synagogue in 1730.

1730