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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 sponsor a meal for a mourner or new parents, 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 jdaar@hotmail.com. To work with the Hebra Kadisha, contact Avery Neumark at aneumark@rssmcpa.com, or Rose Guedalia Edinger at rgedinger@gmail.com

Chatham Square Cemetery

The oldest of our extant cemeteries is known as the Chatham Square Cemetery.  It is located in Chinatown at 55 St. James Place.  The land was originally purchased in 1682 by Joseph Bueno de Mesquita. 

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Revolutionary War Torah Scrolls

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

1776