New York – Chesed Shel Emes Signs Cooperation Agreement With Israeli Org. Zaka On International Matters

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    New York – A cooperation agreement was signed last week in New York between Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, the Chairman and Founder of the Israel-based ZAKA Rescue and Recovery Organization and Rabbi Mendel Rosenberg, founder and president of the American organization Chesed Shel Emes.

    The American organization, which numbers over 500 volunteers throughout the USA who handle all matters related to honoring the dead, will now operate under the umbrella of the U.N.-recognized ZAKA International Rescue Unit in all their dealings with international entities and the government in Washington. Others attending the meeting included Chesed Shel Emes Director of Govt. Relations Rabbi Zvi Gluck and Director of Operations Rabbi Mayer Berger as well as the co-directors of the ZAKA International Rescue Unit Mati Goldstein and Dovie Maisel.

    In addition, new joint training courses will take place in the States for new volunteers, as well as advanced training for existing volunteers in both Israel and the States. The two organizations have cooperated extensively in the past, including incidents that required international intervention and significant logistical abilities.

    ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav: “The cooperation between the two organizations represents a significant upgrade in the reach, efficiency and capabilities of the ZAKA International Rescue Unit and will greatly contribute to the abilities of the two organizations as they carry out their sacred work in honoring the dead around the world, as well as in the United States.”

    CSE President Rabbi Mendel Rosenberg: “The goal of Chesed Shel Emes has always been to honor the deceased and help their loved ones cope with the tragedy. This joint venture between CSE and ZAKA will tremendously enhance our capabilities of reaching that goal all around the globe.”

    The 1500 volunteers in the Israel-based ZAKA Rescue and Recovery organization are best known for their 24/7 professionalism and dedication in saving lives and honoring the dead at emergency incidents, terror attacks and road accidents. The UN-recognized ZAKA International Rescue Unit has assisted at natural disasters (e.g. Haiti, New Orleans, Thailand); plane crashes (e.g. USA, Mexico) and terror attacks (e.g. Mumbai, Mombasa, Istanbul). The unit is expanding, with locally-trained units in North and South America, Europe, Russia and the Ukraine and the Far East. As a result of its UN recognition, ZAKA is able to offer emergency assistance even before an official delegation has left Israel, the host country has formally asked for help or when the country has no diplomatic ties with Israel.

    Chesed Shel Emes, founded 26 years ago, deals with all aspects of honoring the dead throughout the United States (e.g. car accidents, plane crashes, homicides etc.) and bringing the deceased to a Jewish burial, particularly those whose family are unable to assist. Chesed Shel Emes is also instrumental in advocating and educating Government authorities to understand the needs of the Jewish community. In addition to honoring the dead throughout the United States, the volunteers are also involved in helping the sick via Bikur Cholim Yad Yaakov. The leaders and volunteers of the organization are held in great esteem by the authorities and relevant government bodies, as well as the rabbis from all streams of Judaism.

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    9 COMMENTS

    1. YES INDEED!!!
      I am a proud member of Chesed Shel Emes for the past 12 years. and Harav Mendy Rosenberg is a dedicated person to what he is doing literally 24 hours a day!
      And most of it is behind the scene and WITHOUT ANY PUBLICITY…

    2. A true tzadik a life time volunteer for many organizations. R’ mendy dosent want the attention he wants to make sure the mitzvah gets done. He also owns a cemetery in liberty for jewish people who don’t have any1 to pay for their kevirah. Moshiach has reached a step closer because of him may we finnaly see the geullah shlaima

      • FYI; the cemetery in Liberty is not the only 1 he owns he has much more Cemetery’s for those people that don’t have the money to pay for a burial but as its already well known by now that he trys to stay away from publicity so most people don’t know about his other cemetery’s.

    3. Not to take away from the tremendous work that CSE does, but they don’t own the Liberty Cemetery. The cemetery is owned by the swan lake synagogue, and CSE just buys plots from them.

    4. Mendy’s whole family is involved in tzodakah and chesed daily. Did you know his father (zol zein gezint) goes around collecting for moisdos all day?
      Mendy is very special,indeed. with only 2 ears, and 2 phone lines, 1 for the tire road service emergencies, and the other for the various chesed calls literally every few minutes, i dont know how he can run the tire shop.
      I hope he wont be angry, by me making these comments. but as it says, miktzoi shevuchoi shel odom befonov. Give credit where it’s due. (and believe me, he doesnt need it or want it)
      What we could and should do is at least patronize his tire shop. when in williamsburg.
      His prices are very fair,and the service is excellent.
      Keep up your heileige work till 120.
      regards, Shloimie ( 9.00 and 10 r 22.5 tires)

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