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1888

The Hebrew Free Burial Association is incorporated

1909

A large parcel of property is purchased in Staten Island and Mount Richmond Cemetery is developed.

1911

1916

HFBA grows to an organization of 4,000 members

1945

World War II Ends
HFBA changes the official record keeping and the recording of the committee minutes from Yiddish to English.

1965

Chebra Agudas Achim Chesed Shel Emeth, adds "The Hebrew Free Burial Association"

1979

Vandals strike Mt. Richmond Cemetery and overturn 450 monuments

1987

HFBA inaugurates its Second Century Campaign and launches a major outreach effort

1990

UJA-Federation launches Operation Exodus to help Jews leave the Soviet Union.

1991

The Leave Your Mark Campaign is established

1992

The Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation grants funds to repair the physical condition of Mount Richmond Cemetery

1995

The number of free burials grows to more than 400 a year

2009

In our 121st year, HFBA buried 329 indigent Jews, the most since 1999.

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