Whether a loss is sudden or expected, we are here to help. Call the office first 845-562-5604, extension 2. There you can get numbers for the Rabbi, Cemetery Chair (Michael Schwartz), and local funeral homes. If your need is not emergent, we are always happy to discuss future plans and ethical wills. The cemetery itself has a strong historical connection to our community, following our holy traditions.
Our Chevra Kadisha (Holy Society) has been serving the community for countless decades. Men and women assist our community, many of whom are themselves the sons and daughters of Chevra members. The men and women each have their own separate groups within the Chevra Kadisha, according to Halacha (Jewish law). The volunteers are very dedicated to ensure that the mitzvah is properly fulfilled. The Chevra Kadisha cares for the deceased and lovingly prepares them for their final journey in this life. They bathe and administer the tahara. They clothe the body in white shrouds (tachrichim). They place soil from the holy land into the casket, among the myriad rituals. They recite tehillim- psalms.
Caring for the deceased and helping with funerary details is perhaps one of the greatest mitzvot (commandments) in our tradition. In Judaism, the mitzvah of caring for the dead is called Chesed Shel Emet, the truest kindness, for it can never be paid back by the deceased. The reward is in knowing you did a mitzvah. The most important thing is that the dignity of the deceased is preserved and guarded at all times.