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Friday, November 2, 2012

EKO Commission Volunteers at The Hebrew Free Burial Association

On Wednesday October 24th, 32 students of the Yeshivah of Flatbush voluntarily signed up for an EKO trip to volunteer at The Hebrew Free Burial Association, a Jewish cemetery from the 1900s in Staten Island. The students worked together to clean up the cemetery grounds. With a rake in one hand and a garbage bag in the other, the volunteers raked, piled, and bagged the mountains of fallen leaves. The aim of the trip was to restore the eternal beauty and respect that the cemetery deserves, however much more was achieved. As the leaves were uncovered and the grass was finally exposed, for the first time in years, the students gained a deeper understanding of the act of Chessed that they were performing. This was more than just an ordinary act of kindness. It was a performance of Chessed of Emet. The students realized that they would not receive a physical reward for their hours of hard work, but that they would receive a reward that was far better than any physical reward. As the day came to an end and the buses were loaded, a real sense of accomplishment was felt by everyone who took part in this tremendous act of kindness. ~Jonathan Zehavi, Senior