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Yavneh Minyan Chesed Committee

IF YOU NEED SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING Please help us to know if you are or a family member is ill, injured, or going through a challenging time.  The Chesed Committee will work with you to get the support and resources that might help. Please email Robin at or phone (Google voice #) 929-398-5801


Published by the Chesed Committee
for members of the Yavneh Minyan

This compilation is dedicated in memory of Mae Abramowitz, beloved mother of Lenore Lowenthal, and in memory of Claire Hess a”h, beloved mother of Burdette Hess.

DISCLAIMER: The contents of this guide are for informational purposes only,
not to be  meant or considered as a recommendation.  The Minyan of Flatbush
bears no liability for the services performed by any of the organizations or
individuals listed within this guide.


NYC Emergency/Fire

Hatzoloh (718) 382-1750 or (718) 230-1000


Bikur Cholim & Hospital Services

Chesed of Williamsburg

Visit for information about kosher, family, and other chesed-related resources in and around hospitals in the New York and surrounding area. This site also has links to organizations that specialize in medical referrals for various specialties.

A handy Chesed Kosher Guide for the Tri-State & Surrounding Area Hospitals is available by clicking this link for the PDF file. The guide was created by Chesed Volunteers of Williamsburg, to provide valuable health related information, relevant to a hospital stay such as Bikur Cholim suites, Chesed rooms, Kosher food, nearby Shuls and other helpful info.

Jewish Board of Family & Children's Services

A range of services for families, teens, children, and individuals facing health challenges.
(212) 582-9100 or (888) 523-2769



Pride of Israel Burial Society The Pride of Israel burial society is currently offering a discount for Yavneh Minyan members who purchase a gravesite in their section of Baron Hirsch Cemetery in Staten Island, New York.

For information on purchasing a gravesite, email or call Alan Rocoff at 917-541-1567.

Discounts are offered for Yavneh members.

For urgent assistance in final  arrangements, call Saul Guberman at 917-748-7429 or Alan Rocoff at 917-541-1567.
Hebrew Free Burial Association

Arranges for the burial of the indigent. (212) 239-1662

Queens Vaad Chevra Kadisha
Available to assist families with sensitivity and expertise with any questions regarding an imminent or recent death.
(718) 520-9060
Orthodox Union Levaya Program
Misaskim Assistance with funerals and shiva. (718) 854-4548 or (877) CHESED6



American Cancer Society Education, support. (800) 227-2345
Cancer Care Counseling, support groups, etc. (800) 813-4673
RCCS Medical Direction, Hospital Liaisons, Insurance Advocacy, Emotional Assistance. (718) 722-2002
Sharsheret National organization supporting Jewish women and families, of all backgrounds, facing breast and ovarian cancer. (866) 474-2774

Support for women with breast and ovarian cancer. Telephone hot-lines, support groups, educational programs, wellness programs.  (212) 719-0364, (844) ASK-SHARE, (844) 275-7427

Chesed of Williamsburg See the resources at


Community Multi-Service Organizations

Flatbush COJO

Assistance with a range of services including health insurance, education, financial counseling, housing assistance, legal assistance, immigration matters, public benefits, social services, youth services. (718) 377-2900

Jewish Board of Family & Children's Services

A range of services for families, teens, children, and individuals facing health challenges.
(212) 582-9100 or (888) 523-2769

Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty

A network of grass-roots Jewish Community Councils providing support for social services, food, housing, etc.

Crisis Intervention: (212) 453-9539 or email

Family Violence Services: (212) 453.9618 or email

Benefits Access:  (212) 453.9532 or email

Affordable Housing: (212) 453.9519 or email

Food Network:  (718) 763.5318 or email

Nachas Health and Family Services Help with insurance, senior services, assistance with SNAP.
Ohel Family Services Family services, mental health services,  lifetime care planning Training. (800) 603-OHEL
Sephardic Bikur Cholim A network of community services, including: job development, family, clothing, food, mental health, seniors, etc. phone: (718) 787-1100; email:


Crime Victims Assistance

Disability and Mental Health

Yad HaChazakah The Jewish Disability Empowerment Center. Works with people of all ages with obvious or hidden disabilities or ongoing health conditions. Guidance and Support. Accessing Resources. Advocacy. (646) 723-3955
Ohel Family Services Family services, mental health services,  lifetime care planning Training. (800) 603-OHEL
Jewish Board ACT Team Counseling Center 718.676.4280
Beineinu Help with special needs children. 347-743-4900
Relief Mental health referrals.
(718) 431-9501

Domestic Violence

Shalom Task Force

Assistance for victims of domestic violence
Domestic Abuse Hotline (888) 883-2323 or (718) 337-3700


Chayim Aruchim Center for culturally sensitive health advocacy and counseling. (718) ARUCHIM -- (718) 278-2446
Chesed of Williamsburg See the resources at for various hospice programs
MJHS A range of health services including home care, hospice, palliative care, etc.  (855) 692-5058


Food for the Needy

Dorot Provides for elderly.  (212) 769-2850
Food Stamps (ODA WIC)

(718 ) 627-5550
1575 McDonald Avenue

Boro Park Senior Citizen Center (718) 854-7430
Tomchei Shabbos Provides food packages for Shabbat meals for those financially needy.
(718) 259-5576
Chesed of Williamsburg See the resources at


Genetic Testing

Dor Yeshorim (718) 384-6060
Refuah Resources (718) 437.7474


Geriatric Services

Agudath Israel Senior Citizens Center (Boro Park) (718) 854-7430 

5602 11th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11219

JASA JASA's mission is to sustain and enrich the lives of the aging in the New York metropolitan area so that they can remain in the community with dignity and autonomy.  (347)505 3050
Dorot Provides for elderly.  (212) 769-2850


Gemach Directories (Clothing, Furniture, and more)

Chesed Spot
Hakhel Gemach List  and
L'Shem Mitzvah (Torah Times) Gemach referral 718-376-3914

Get (Divorce)

Beth Din of America (BDA)  One of the most prominent rabbinical courts in North America  (212) 807-9042.  See also their informational website on the halakhic prenup:
Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA)

ORA works within the parameters of Jewish law and civil law to advocate for the timely and unconditional issuance of a get.

For general inquiries and assistance, please call One Step Forward, ORA's Jewish Divorce Resource Line, at 1-844-OSF-LINE (673-5463) or

For specific questions relating to ORA's agunah casework and advocacy, please contact ORA's Assistant Director of Advocacy,
at 212-795-0791 or

For halachic pre-nup inquiries, 212-795-0791 or


Provides information and assistance with obtaining a legal Jewish divorce (Get)
(718) 692-1876

New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) Provides pro bono legal services to those in need, including matrimonial issues. 212-613-5000.
GetYourGet   Educational website of the Boston Agunah Taskforce.


Legal Consultations-Pro Bono/Low Cost

Councilman Chaim Deutsch hosts free legal services

Councilman Chaim Deutsch offers free legal services at his District Office twice a week, all year round. Each year, Councilman Deutsch has this program available in conjunction with the CUNY School of Law’s Community Legal Resource Network. This free service provides for an experienced lawyer who sees constituents for one hour consultations.

The lawyer is experienced in a large variety of legal matters, including landlord-tenant issues, elder planning, will drafting, real estate and foreclosure proceedings, immigration, health care proxies, living wills, and evictions and more. Councilman Deutsch offers this service to constituents of any income level, as it can often be difficult to find a capable lawyer at an affordable rate.

Call 718-368-9176 to schedule an appointment.



Refuah Resources ( 718) 437.7474

Helping people facing medical challenges. Under the Leadership of Rabbi Shuky Berman

Refuah Helpline (845) 782-2000
ECHO Medical referral service. 718-859-8900
Relief Help Mental health referrals. (718) 431-9501
Nachas Health & Family Network Help with insurance, senior services, assistance with SNAP. (718) 436-7373
Chesed of Williamsburg See the resources at


See for listings

Rabbinical Organizations

Orthodox Union
Rabbinical Council of America


Transportation to Hospitals

Chesed of Williamsburg See the resources at
Rodeph Chesed Volunteer transport/ambulette service
(718) 833-9220 or or (718) 435-9229
Access-a-Ride NYC Paratransit.
(877) 337-2017


Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention If you're in immediate danger of ending your life, call Hatzolah 718-230-1000 or 911. Otherwise please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255.


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