The Monsey branch of the New York based Chesed Shel Emes (CSE) organization, one of the largest Orthodox burial societies in the country, celebrated the donation of a new vehicle. The much-anticipated vehicle will assure that all the necessary equipment will be readily on hand in the case of emergencies that require more than just a pair of volunteers to assist with a burial.
The truck was donated by Meyer Tauber of Metrex Realty in memory of the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust and did not receive a proper kever Yisroel. Tauber not only donated the funds but also took it upon himself to be directly involved with the many details of the purchase.
CSE has 700 volunteers throughout New York and provides free burials for those with no one to claim their body or families that lack the funds for burial. This service is provided by CSE free of charge. Volunteers also take care to collect any blood or body parts that need to be buried with the mais, which is often necessary after tragedies such as accidents or disasters.
The new vehicle is equipped with rags, sheets, peroxide, scrapers, brushes, and various power tools that might be needed to cut out hard-to-reach places or cut through blood-soaked items. There is also a tent in case of inclement weather, lighting equipment, a generator, raincoats, knee pads, and more.
In the past, the Monsey CSE borrowed the truck belonging to the Brooklyn branch. The new truck will be much closer, stationed in Chestnut Ridge, in case of need.
“I hope and pray,” Rabbi Meyer Berger, Coordinator of CSE, told Yid Info, “that we should never have to use this vehicle at all.”
“It takes a village to raise a child,” Legislator Aron Weider shared during the ribbon cutting. “If you really want to know the heart and soul of the village, just look at how they take care of their deceased. This is exactly what Chesed Shel Emes does for our community. They represent our heart and soul!”
To contact Chesed Shel Emes anywhere in New York, call 718-436-2121 or 855-CSE-2121