Last week, we received a great email from an unexpected source. It was so touching and we want to share it with you.
I wanted to tell this organization what a huge Kiddush Hashem [sanctification of G-d's name] you made today. I am a student at NYU Silver School of Social Work and my professor read a log from a former student today whose client was buried by HBFA. It was a very moving account because of many factors in the case.
My entire class, which includes many non-Jews, non-observant Jews, and observant Jews, was so moved to hear about this organization and how you attempt to give a proper Jewish burial "al pi halachah" [according to Jewish law and tradition] to anyone who needs.
My class also learned that the particular rabbi who did this burial was very sensitive to this former student who showed up at the burial and answered all of her questions and took an interest in the deceased person's life. My class also learned about "chesed shel emes" [doing a kindness that cannot be reciprocated].
It was a really great experience and I thought you should know.
It is very inspiring to see the next generation of social workers being taught about important end of life issues, and about Hebrew Free Burial Association in particular.
End of Year Planning
As 2011 draws to a close, we ask that you consider making a gift to HFBA. At this point, we have already arranged for more funerals than we did during all of 2010. Your support is what enables us to provide funerals and burials for indigent Jews.
You can make a secure online donation by clicking here
, and it is also not too late if you'd like to donate your car. Just fill out this form
and someone will be in touch with you no later than the next business day.
We want to thank all those who volunteered at Silver Lake Cemetery this fall. Their efforts were essential in helping us clean the cemetery after all of the storms. Many tree limbs came down, and our volunteers cleared all of the affected areas.
We want to especially thank all of those who helped during our Community Chesed Day last month, coming from Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and New Jersey.
Click the image to see a news story from the Community Clean Up.