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Plaza Jewish Community Chapel Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Judaism, Nonprofit Management

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

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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

This is an incredibly compassionate organization that guides people through the worst times of their lives. We have used the organization for our family members and are fully familiar with the support and consideration they provide. They make you feel like what they are doing is a service and not a business. I attended one funeral that started very late because a family member had not arrived. It must have been affecting their funerals later that day, but the staff only tried to calm the family and did nothing to try to push the ceremony forward.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The services they provided for me and my family at a difficult time exceeded our expectations and were delivered with compassion, dignity and reflected both our wishes and sacred traditions.