As Chairman of the Sinai Temple Cemetery Management Committee it is my privilege to lead the lay volunteers overseeing operations at both Mount Sinai cemeteries and its mortuary. Sinai Temple has operated Mount Sinai, as a service to the entire Jewish Community, for more than sixty (60) years. The current committee members, and all those who served before us, appreciate the importance of our operations to the entire community. Our cemetery in Simi Valley includes sufficient land to meet the needs of the Southern California Jewish community for hundreds of years to come.
The Talmud teaches that all Jews are responsible for one another. We appreciate and embrace this obligation. At Mount Sinai, “serving the entire Jewish community” is more than just a slogan. For us, it is a core value. We are here to serve the Southern California Jewish community just as Jews all over the world have cared for one another for thousands of years.
Working with the Fellowship Program operated by Jewish Family Services of Greater Los Angeles, Mount Sinai will bury every indigent Jew, without charge.
When tragedy results in a family losing a child, Mount Sinai will bury that child, without charge.
We will not deprive Jewish burial to any member of our community who cannot, or should not, have to deal with the obligation.
Each year through our grants and allocations program Mount Sinai awards hundreds of thousands of dollars to support organizations in Southern California. We support organizations geographically close to us and organizations philosophically close to us.
In 1654 the Jewish community in Holland pledged to support Jews who might become indigent in New Amsterdam. This act allowed our ancestors to remain in the New World. At Mount Sinai we’ve followed this tradition for more than fifty (50) years. We embrace this tradition today. We are committed to continuing this tradition in the future. At Mount Sinai, that’s what we do.
Eric J. Diamond
Chairman of the Cemetery Management Committee
Sinai Temple of Los Angeles