The Hebrew Free Burial Association celebrates its 21st Annual Riverdale Community Breakfast on Sunday, March 11 at 9:30 am, at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. This year, Hebrew Free Burial Association proudly honors Shira Gordon and Phil Shaw, Chesed Shel Emet Award and Rena and Jonathan Boniuk, Community Service Award. Andrea Harris is the Breakfast Chair. All honorees are deeply committed to Jewish values and chesed within the Riverdale community and beyond.
Founded in 1888, The Hebrew Free Burial Association (HFBA) is the Jewish community’s address of last resort, the largest free burial society in the United States. HFBA buries about 400 New Yorkers each year. About one-third are immigrants, mainly from the Former Soviet Union. Some are infants or still-borns whose parents cannot afford – or cannot face – their funerals. Often, there are no survivors or friends to attend to this last final rite. When a Jew dies alone without family or friend, HFBA ensures any Jewish deceased, regardless of affiliation or financial means, is treated with compassion and respect, according to halacha, from the initial tahara though k’vurah. Funds raised at the Riverdale Community Breakfast go directly towards burials.
For reservations and more information, please visit our website or contact Amy Koplow at (212) 239-1662.