12/16 Hebrew Free Burial & Staten Island Hike

We are pleased to announce our 3rd joint event with 4 local Jewish hiking groups:

The Jewish Outdoors Club - http://www.jewishoutdoorsclub.org/
Davetrek Adventures - www.davetrek.com
Mosaic Outdoor Mountain Club of Greater New York - http://www.meetup.com/www-mosaic-gny-org/
Ansche Chesed Outings Group - http://www.anschechesed.org/web/guest/outings-group

Since all of our groups make extensive use of the outdoors in the area, we all want to come together to do an event every so often to give back some of our time and energy to helping others in our area. This time we will helping in the morning with some maintenance efforts at the Hebrew Free Burial Society cemetery in Staten Island. We will then go on a 3 - 4 mile hike along some of the Greenbelt trails a few miles away, in Staten Island.

Space is limited, so sign up quickly. If we run out of space, we will give precedence to drivers who can take passengers from areas that need rides like Manhattan, Queens & Brooklyn. See below for a description of the day and for all the details!

Here is a link to more information on the Hebrew Free Burial Society.


HFBA is a local group that for anyone in the new york area who is not able to afford a proper burial. They have been around fore over 120 years and they are the largest free burial society outside of Israel. They perform a true 'chesed shel emet', by caring for those in need with no expectation of receiving anything other than the pleasure of helping someone in need. We will help with some maintenance at the organization's original cemetery, Silver Lake

We will go hiking along some trails in the greenbelt, in Staten Island. The length of the hike will vary based on our timing, but we will likely for for a 3 to 4 mile hike, leaving from the Greenbelt Nature Center.

Here are some more details on the greenbelt and the trails.


Here is a map of the trails in the area

Please note that the chesed portion of the event will be held in a cemetery, for those Cohens among you.


Date: Sunday, December 16

Start Time: Meet at 9:30 AM in Staten Island, at the Silver Lake Cemetery. You will need to leave at about 8:30 AM to arrive at this time, depending on your location.

End Time: The cemetery portion will last till noon and then we will hike nearby in the afternoon till about 4pm, meaning you can expect to be back in New York city no later than 5:00/5:30 PM, assuming no traffic issues.

Cost: Free – for those getting rides, $8 per person for a round trip ride.

Directions & Rides:

We will be meeting at 9:30 AM at Silver Lake Cemetery, a few miles from the Verrazano Bridge in Staten Island

Silver Lake Cemetery
926 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10301

Here is a link to directions to the cemetary, with a google map for plotting your own directions.


Around noon we will leave for the hiking destination in the Staten Island Greenbelt, the Greenbelt Trail Center.

Greenbelt Nature Center
700 Rockland Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314

Here is a google maps link of directions between the two locations


We will attempt to sort rides for those who need transportation, via a spreadsheet with a list of drivers. In the event that we fill up for the event, priority will be given to drivers who can take at least 2 passengers from areas where rides are needed. The specific location and directions will be supplied to those coming to the event.

Weather: Low 40s - as of now there is a 40% chance of rain.If it is likely to steady rain, we will cancel the event on Friday, but as of now it looks ok to hold the event if there are some intermittent rain. Come prepared if it rains and keep this in mind when RSVP’ing.PLEASE ALSO WEAR WARM CLOTHING & GLOVES AS YOU WILL BE OUTSIDE ALL DAY IN 40 DEGREE WEATHER.

RSVP Deadline: Midnight on Wednesday, December 12 - The number of people who may attend this event is limited. We may fill up very quickly, before the deadline and we will have a waiting list once we fill up. RSVP ASAP so you don’t get closed out!

What do I need to bring?

Lunch, Hat, gloves, warm clothing/thermal underwear as you will be outside all day, comfortable shoes, rain gear if there is some rain in forecast

We will be supplying any needed equipment for the cemetery maintenance.

See you at the event!

David Brotsky – Davetrek Adventures, Malka Baker – Jewish Outdoors Club, Michael Brochstein – Mosaic and Anshe Chesed

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