Sinai Chapels Serves City’s Jewish Community

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BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA
Staff Writer

Though losing a loved one may be difficult, Sinai Chapels is committed to ensuring that family members do not encounter any more grief while planning a funeral.

With four generations of family ownership, the Fresh Meadows-based funeral home has gained the trust of Jewish families all across New York. Its continuous improvements reflect Sinai Chapel’s traditions, established by the Resnick family more than a century ago.

Sinai Chapels aims to go above and beyond in helping mourning families with the arrangement process by guiding them through the options that best fit their needs and desires. It is the only funeral home in the area that provides a staff director of pastoral counseling, Rabbi Michael Strasberg, who is available to help families through counseling and support.

Some family members choose to have a service at an alternative location, such as a gravesite or a synagogue. Because there are so many details to coordinate in planning a funeral, the Chapel gives families an option to have Sinai’s staff of trained professionals coordinate the ceremony for them.

As part of its mission, Sinai Chapels works with family members to make the funeral arrangements in advance, protecting them from unexpected costs and sparing them from making complex choices during a difficult time. Additionally, the Chapel’s pre-planning advisors can meet with family members privately in the comfort of their homes – with no cost or obligation.

Sinai’s two chapels accommodate services both large and small. Its state-of-the-art broadcasting system can televise the live service in a room adjacent to the Chapel on 50-inch high-definition televisions.

As of 2007, Sinai also streams funerals live online for family members and friends who are unable to attend the service. In addition, Sinai offers DVD and audio CD reproduction of the funeral so that the legacy of the deceased loved one may be preserved and cherished for years to come.

Whether Reform, Conservative or Orthodox, Sinai Chapels provides services that are ceremonially appropriate. Family members may choose to have traditional or non-traditional services, adhering to their customs.

In addition to arranging funeral services, Sinai Chapels and the Resnick family are sponsors of leading Jewish community organizations, including the Queensborough College Center for Jewish Studies, Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, the archives at Queensborough Community College and the United Jewish Appeal.

As a sponsor of the archives at Queensborough Community College, in 2009, Sinai Chapels made a generous donation to The Kupferberg Yiddish Cinema at the new Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center. The donation was just one of the ways that Sinai Chapels seeks to give back to the Jewish community it serves.

“Sharing in this effort to provide our community members and students with exceptional events establishes Sinai Chapels as a leader in supporting the mission of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center, to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice,” Dr. Eduardo Martí, president of Queensborough Community College, said at the time of the donation.

“We’re very grateful to have the support of Sinai Chapels so that we may present these classic Yiddish films, produced in Warsaw before World War II, to our students and to the greater community,” added Dr. Arthur Flug, the Holocaust Center’s Executive Director.

For more information about Sinai Chapels, visit www.JewishFunerals.com or call (800) 446-0406. Staff is available to answer your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Sinai Chapels is located at 162-05 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows.

Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 123 or nkozikowska@queenspress.com or @nkozikowska.