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In 2001, Plaza Jewish Community Chapel was founded by local clergy and lay leaders across the Jewish religious spectrum.  Plaza Jewish is grateful to its original funders.  UJA-Federation and The Jewish Communal Fund provided significant outright grants.  Eight of Plaza Jewish’s founding board members provided interest-free loans, repaid early with funds from funeral operations.

Plaza Jewish’s proudest achievements in the past 18 years:

  • Plaza Jewish has served almost 13,000 families since 2001. It is now one of the leading Jewish funeral chapels in Metropolitan New York.
  • Plaza Jewish raises awareness of the importance of end of life conversations by conducting 40+ educational programs each year with religious, educational, communal, and medical institutions.
  • Plaza Jewish has sponsored over 20 bereavement conferences with various social services agencies and continues to underwrite cemetery visits with DOROT, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 92Y, and several local synagogues.
  • In 2004, Plaza Jewish pioneered the livestreaming of funerals with video technology to include more people with disabilities and others who cannot attend a funeral in person.
  • Plaza Jewish has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Forbes, numerous articles in The Jewish Week, in The Daily News and West Side Spirit, as well as The Jewish Chronicle of London.
  • Plaza Jewish is featured in a new 2019 publication by the Central Conference of American Rabbis, The Sacred Exchange – Creating a Jewish Money Ethic. Stephanie Garry and Rabbi Eric J. Greenberg co-authored the chapter, “The Cost of Dying Jewishly.”
  • Plaza Jewish’s Sabbath candle lighting time announcements on 1010WINS NEWSRADIO are in their 16th In 2017, they earned two “Honorable Mention” awards from PR Newswire as an innovative and cost-effective public service announcement campaign.
  • In early 2019, staff member Adam Fink, the inaugural recipient of Plaza Jewish’s Fier-McFadden Jewish Funeral Director Fellowship, became a Licensed Funeral Director.
  • Plaza Jewish’s most significant grants to other organizations:
  • 2010: a two-year grant to Mount Sinai Hospital Icahn School of Medicine for the GeriTalk pilot program.  GeriTalk trains hospital medical staff to discuss end of life care options with geriatric and palliative care patients.  Rigorous academic review confirms its positive impact on outcomes.
  • 2015: a four-year grant to Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, Jewish Theological Seminary’s Center for Pastoral Care, and The New Jewish Home to start What Matters:  Caring Conversations about End-of-Life.  At 11 community partner sites, this initiative educates community members about advance care directives and facilitates values-driven end of life conversations.  Additional funding by UJA-Federation and The Charles H. Revson Foundation is gratefully acknowledged.
  • 2018: a two-year grant to Westchester End of Life Coalition for a program called Can We Talk? About Your Health Care Wishes was established in numerous synagogues.

Putting Family and Community First for 18 Years
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