Mentsch is the Yiddish word for a “nice person” but in particular, a person who puts the needs of others above their own. Mentsch is not a word casually assigned, but rather given to a person who truly embodies Jewish ideals of chesed (kindness) and rachamanut (compassion). When it comes to caring for the dead, both values are intertwined at perhaps one of the highest levels possible.
CAJAC’s dear friend and faithful volunteer, Anthony Pisciotta, reconstructed the the cart used at Bayside Cemetery to transport a decedent to his/her final resting place. As always but especially in this case, CAJAC and the larger Jewish community is indebted to Anthony for his selfless devotion to giving “voice to the voiceless”.