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Plaza Jewish Community Chapel Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Judaism, Nonprofit Management, Religion

Mission: Plaza Jewish Community Chapel is a not for profit corporation governed by an unpaid Board of Directors that includes rabbis from all of the major denominations, representatives of Jewish social service agencies, individuals who serve as lay leaders in synagogues and Jewish communal organizations. Our mission is to ensure that every member of the Jewish community receives a dignified and respectful Jewish funeral; to lower the high cost of funerals by eliminating the profit motive and commercialism so often associated with the funeral industry; and to provide appropriate connections to Jewish communal resources that the bereaved may need to cope with emotional or practical problems.

Target demographics: Jewish community members and families who need to plan or implement final arrangements with care and dignity

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 900 families served

Geographic areas served: the New York City metropolitan area, and burials throughout U.S. and abroad

Programs: Plaza Jewish provides funeral services in accordance with Jewish law and tradition to persons of the Jewish community. Plaza Jewish is a leader in remaking the funeral home into a community resource, with its innovative community service and educational programs created with other community organizations. Plaza also provides grants and sponsorship to other programs that educate the community about end of life and funeral planning. When wanted and needed, Plaza makes referrals for counseling and other social services.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

During a time of high emotion, need, vulnerability, shock, discombobulation and a sense of being unhinged, the staff at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel is unwavering and rock like in its support, counsel and sensitivity.The client, the bereaved always comes first.This is not a multi-funeral facility; Plaza is "haimish" and takes great care to make sure every aspect of their contact with the community is spot on.From pre-planning to the actual funeral and after, Plaza staff are available.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After seeing how Plaza handles their families, I would not hesitate to recommend them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been to Services at Plaza and I wanted to thank them

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended several funerals via Plazas Webcasting service and it was wonderful to have this opportunity. Thank you Plaza

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Caring, thoughtful, welcoming. My family needed this and it was delivered beyond our expectations. Thank you so much!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was extremely impressed with the courteous, warm, caring and professional experience I recently had with Plaza. They made a very difficult time more bearable. Honoring the dead is a mitzvah which they take very seriously. I highly recommend Plaza.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In a time of loss and sadness we received such thoughtful and caring service .
Plaza is a wonderful community service.
A Sincere Thank you to the entire staff.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A trusted community organization. We are so fortunate to have this resource in our community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My story is a simple one, one probably told by countless others who went to Plaza Jewish Community Chapel. My mother died and they worked with me as we prepared for her burial. They respected her wishes for a traditional funeral and were professional, efficient and kind. I worked with them on a preplan for a relative and I consider them to be my "go to" Chapel for any future bereavements.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional in this field for over 20 years, Plaza is the model for what a funeral chapel should be. Kudos to a job well done, EVERYDAY.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The staff is very knowledgable, attentive and kind. While helping me plan an impending funeral, they were extremely sensitive during this difficult time.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The staff at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel (PJCC) handled all of the arrangements for my mother’s funeral with compassion and dignity, all while respecting Jewish rituals that we wanted included. Since PJCC is non-profit, decisions are always made in the best interest of the client, and are not profit-driven. PJCC’s community outreach, through announcing candle lighting times and seminars dealing with end of life issues is a valued service to the Jewish community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, one of five community owned chapels in the USA, is unbeatable for compassion, commitment to the community, and to making a difficult time as easy as possible.
Services are conducted in a comfortable way, there is never a feeling of "assembly line" here.
The entire staff is professional, knowledgeable, respectful and concerned with the family's well being.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Incredibly professional organization; well run. Deeply caring and compassionate staff.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Over the past several years we've been to the funerals of three close friends at Plaza. In every case we were very impressed by the care and professionalism of the Plaza staff. Even more important, the family members told us how much they appreciated the outstanding service offered by Plaza, from the warm and attractive ambience to the completely focused attention they received in supporting them in their loss.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were confused and needed guidance when we had to plan our parent's funeral. Everyone at Plaza was helpful and sensitive with our family taking care of every detail. Knowing that we were in caring, knowledgable hands took the stress away from an already stressful time.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a social worker who has attended Plaza-sponsored seminars on hospice, supporting clients and families through the dying process, and grief. The sessions were thoughtfully organized and the speakers very effective. I am grateful for Plaza and it's work in the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended a funeral at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel awhile back. To this day I am still talking about this service because of the way I felt at the time . This was not one of my relatives that passed. This was a friends Mother that passed. It was the way they spoke of her that made me feel as if I had known her all my life. I was so moved by the service and the compassion of those that worked there and how they put my mind at ease during a time when families were in pain, hurting and missing their loved ones. I am not Jewish. But I would feel so secure and comfortable knowing that the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel was in charge of my final time on earth.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Compassion, care and dignity are Plaza's guiding values, no matter who and when the call comes. Plaza understands that our last breath is as important as our first.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Plaza's commitment to sensitively responding to clients needs at the most difficult time far exceeds all expectations As a family member who has been a recipient of their kindness I now strongly recommend them to anyone who asks.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a geriatric nurse care manager who had my own experience with Plaza after the death of my mother in law. The support and kindness shown to our family was above and beyond. I've since referred Plaza to numerous clients. Time and time again the sentiment is the same, "caring," "supportive," "amazing," are some of the adjectives my client families use to describe their experiences with Plaza at a difficult time in life. The Directors are always respectful, reliable, understanding and helpful when needed the most. I'd recommend none other for end of life needs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Unfortunately, I lost 2 parents 4 months apart. Plaza and the people that work there were Extremely caring, and helpful at a time of need. They took the details out of my hands and made the process as painless as possible.