IHF's overriding service is helping to bring about the coming of Mashiach and facilitate the ingathering of the Jewish Nation in the Land of Israel. Additional services the Israel Heritage Foundation offers are listed below.
- Praying, Learning & Torah Classes
- Israel Advocacy
When the safety of the State of Israel is concerned, or anti-Semitic instances have occurred, the IHF as professional organization will weigh in and issue non-partisan statements reflective of Torah ideals. This is important because congregants and the general public want to know that the IHF will voice its concerns about safety. It is due to this advocacy and willingness to speak frankly on the day's issues that has attracted many rabbis and even lay leaders to join our cause.
- Israel Education
The IHF engages in educating Jews young and old about Israel's connection to our forefathers Avraham, Yitzhak, & Yaakov. The IHF understands that loving Israel is to love haShem and the Jewish Nation herself.
- Passover Wine & Matzo Fund
Kollel Ayshel Avraham is a fund under Israel Heritage Foundation that distributes wine & matzah for the needy & rabbis with large families.
- After Life Services
The core of the Jewish nation lies in its Emunah, its faith in Hashem’s role in the world and our lives. Our faith connects us to our national past, present and future — our ancestors, fellow Jews and our descendants. Our faith also connects our own lives, each person’s individual past, present and future.
We were each born as a Jew, with an obligation to follow Hashem and obey His rules. Hashem created every one of us — we each are Hashem’s direct handiwork. Awareness of this closeness and importance can bring great happiness to our lives, knowing always of the special connection we each hold to Hashem. This is the past which resonates throughout our lives.
In our present, we recognize Hashem’s hand in our lives. We exhibit gratitude for the blessings He bestows on us, recognizing that all we have is thanks to Hashem. Even in our times of troubles we know that Hashem listens to our cries and knows of our difficult situations. He hears us and lights a path for us out of our troubles.
And our future, of course, is the world to come, the life beyond this life. It is the destination for which we prepare our entire lives in this world. It is the place of only goodness, of pure spirituality, where we bask in the glory of the Almighty Hashem.
The path we take through this world begins as a Jew and must end as a Jew. We must ensure that our bodies receive a proper Jewish end as our souls move into the next world. This involves profound Jewish customs that our ancestors observed and we must observe as well, such as Taharah (purification) and burial in the ground in simple shrouds and a wooden casket. The greatest Torah scholar and the simplest Jew prepare for the next world in the same way, through the same process.
Passing away is an important part of life that must be done properly, as a Jew. It is our last chance to live as a Jew, our last act in this world. It must be performed with faith, as Jews have done for thousands of years.
Therefore every Jew is obligated to prepare a will stating: “I was born as a Jew I want to leave the world as a Jew.” Family, friends, rabbis and lawyers need to know that you want to observe Jewish tradition at the end of your life. Every Jew needs to make sure that after his or her passing only Orthodox caregivers will take care of their bodies, from purifying and cleansing through dressing, proper burying and praying.
Israel Heritage can ensure that this will take place according to Jewish tradition – to your tradition. We span all Jewish traditions of Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Polish, Hungarian, Russian and more. Our Rabbis can ensure that your traditions will be observed.
We have close ties in Eretz Yisroel with Chevrah Kadisha (undertakers) and we are affiliated with Cemeteries as Har Hazeisim, Har Hamnuchot & Beit Shemesh or Cemeteries thru out Israel.
In the USA we can offer a Rabbi or Chevrah Kadisha (undertakers) to be present at or lead the proceedings at the:
- Taharah (cleansing)
- Shivah (mourning)
We can arrange for one of our Rabbi’s to:
- Say Kaddish for the first year
- Learn Mishnah in memory
- Donate books to shuls in memory
- Donate a Sefer Torah in memory
- Direct or assist in directing a trust fund for charitable donations
- Make sure that a will is fulfilled properly
- Give a body and soul the respect each person deserves
For more information about Medical issues, End-of-Life issues, Wills & Chevrah Kadisha, contact us.