The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has implemented cultural-diversity training to provide its agents with the knowledge they need when working with the many and varied cultures present in New York. Misaskim’s representatives conducted a training session at the New York office of the FBI to educate newly-assigned federal agents regarding Jewish cultural practices related to death.
During the session, the agents gained an understanding of various Jewish traditions, including requirement for a hasty burial and the need to bury the body of a deceased in its entirety. Misaskim explained the reasons for its endeavors to prevent an autopsy on a deceased Jewish person whenever possible. The Misaskim participants also outlined the organization’s role of serving as a liaison between law enforcement and bereaved families when it becomes necessary to ensure that legal requirements, as well as Jewish traditions, are upheld.
“I learned a lot about Misaskim, and about particulars of how to better extend the appropriate sensitivity in dealing with deceased members of your faith,” said Special Agent Tim Chapman. Chapman was among approximately 70 agents who participated in the training session. “I admire the sense of self-sacrifice and the great internal fortitude Misaskim must have in order to carry out its mission”
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