Our Campaign

Building on our tradition of lovingkindness.

Chesed Shel Emes has been meeting the Jewish community’s burial needs since it incorporated as a non-profit, charitable organization in 1930. Its facility on Main Street and Magnus Avenue comprises two buildings: a chapel that was built in 1947 (the north building); and an attached structure that was built as a private home in 1905 (the south building). While over 70-years-old, the chapel is in good repair and not in immediate need of any critical renovations.

The south building, however, is nearing the end of its useful life.

photo of current building during winter
Chesed Shel Emes: North and south buildings.

This residential structure was acquired by Chesed Shel Emes in 1930, when the organization first incorporated. It houses Chesed Shel Emes’s offices; board room; family meeting space; accommodations for staff and guests who serve as “shomrim”; storage space; refrigeration units; and, most important, a “tahara” room where volunteers prepare bodies for burial in accordance with Jewish tradition.

The funds raised will be used to: demolish the existing south building; build the new structure; protect the north building during demolition and construction; and furnish the new building with new equipment. The estimated cost of the project, including campaign expenses, is $3.18 million. The vision is of a building that is handsome, durable, and comforting and that includes state-of-the-art equipment for the care of the deceased.

artist's rendering of new building
Artist’s rendering of the new south building.

The new 4,000-square-foot building will include the following features:

  • a new, larger tahara room with stainless steel counters and more room for volunteers to perform their work safely;
  • new, state-of-the-art refrigeration units;
  • new mechanical lifts for transferring bodies more safely;
  • enhanced safety features to improve the experience of volunteers and ensure the dignity of the deceased;
  • expanded storage space for caskets, shrouds, and supplies;
  • an elevator for guests and volunteers with mobility issues;
  • wheelchair access to the building;
  • private meeting spaces for mourners, extended family, and friends to gather (currently, mourners use the boardroom);
  • more comfortable accommodations for shomrim;
  • a safer, more accessible back staircase and entrance way;
  • enhanced washroom facilities;
  • refurbished office space;
  • refurbished basement crawl space for additional storage (the current basement is undeveloped);
  • state-of-the-art heating and cooling systems; and
  • other features to create better conditions for mourners, staff, and volunteers, and to ensure the dignity of the deceased.
artist’s rendering of the new lobby
Artist’s rendering of the new lobby.

Project Steering Team

  • Hillel Kravetsky
  • Jerry Pritchard
  • Stuart Pudavick
  • Jack Solomon
  • Rena Boroditsky

Campaign Leadership Team

  • Michel Aziza
  • Ellery Broder
  • David Gisser
  • Jason Gisser
  • Peter Leipsic
  • Jeff Lieberman
  • Ted Lyons
  • Howard Morry
  • Mira Narvey
  • Hernan Popper
  • Elana Schultz
  • Larry Vickar
  • Michael Weinstein

Board of Directors (2019)

  • Jerry Pritchard, President
  • Hillel Kravetsky, Vice President
  • Jo Ann Greisman, Treasurer
  • Yale Gilbert, Ritual Chair
  • Stuart Pudavick, Immediate Past President
  • Alan Abosh
  • Sharon Allentuck
  • Rose Aziman
  • Eli Boroditsky
  • Avrom Charach
  • Shelley Chochinov
  • Reva Craven
  • Jodi Gilmore
  • Eric Green
  • Murray Greenfield
  • Jeff Itzkow
  • Zoltan Jakal
  • Howard Kideckel
  • Mary Ann Osinski
  • David Salita
  • Seema Schachter
  • Jack Solomon
  • David Stern
  • Robbie Waldman

Honorary Life Members

  • Dr. Jack Cohen z’l
  • Mel Hornstein
  • Hillel Kravetsky
  • Rae Margolis z’l
  • Gordon Pullan, QC
  • Irwine Permut z’l
  • Harold Smordin
pews and interior of chapel

Chesed Shel Emes welcomes your support. Campaign pledges can be honoured over three years. Donations of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a donor wall in the new building. Chesed Shel Emes is a charitable organization and your donation is fully tax deductible.

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