When disaster or tragedy strikes , Misaskim deals with the situation in a professional, efficient manner that is acceptable to the law and respectful to the deceased. During major catastrophes or minor accidents with Jewish casualties, Misaskim will dispatch a team of volunteers-even via private jet-to any location in the United States on a moment’s notice.
Misaskim’s gemach nichumim ensures that the week of shiva is a little bit more comforting and comfortable by providing aveilim with necessities from shiva chairs to sifrei torah, from folding beds to fax machines.
When the need arises, Misaskim assumes responsibility for the mesei mitzvah of our community, discovering the identity of unknown deceased individuals, convincing family members to opt for kevuras yisroel rather than cremations and even covering the cost of the levayos of these mesei mitzvah.
Misaskim stands at the frontlines, safeguarding the dignity of the deceased, by advocating to prevent autopsies and educating government officials and coroners regarding kavod hames. When an autopsy is unavoidable, Misaskim insures that trained Rabbis are present during the procedure to minimize the desecration of the body.
Besides for performing teharos, finding burial plots and arrange the kevura, Misaskim is a backbone for other Chevra Kadisha agencies, providing sound systems, generator-powered lights for nighttime levayos and solving many logistical problems in order to arrange a funeral in a timely manner.