FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MOUNT SINAI


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DO YOU HAVE TO BE JEWISH TO BE BURIED AT MOUNT SINAI?
Our parks welcome all Jewish and interfaith families who wish to be buried together. If you are Jewish or are married to someone of the Jewish faith, we will take good care of you and your family.
CAN SAME SEX COUPLES BE BURIED AT MOUNT SINAI?
Yes, we welcome members of the LGBTQ community.  In the spirit of inclusivity, all married couples can be  buried together. If you are Jewish or are married to someone of the Jewish faith, we will take good care of you and your family.
WHO ARE THE CELEBRITIES AND FAMOUS PEOPLE BURIED AT MOUNT SINAI?
Yes, there are many famous people interred at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries. However, out of respect for our families, we purposefully do not advertise nor promote the names and/or burial locations of those buried in our parks. Dignity, Respect and Simplicity are the Jewish fundamental principles related to the care of the deceased which is why we do not consider any person interred here to be more distinguished than anyone else. We understand that you may find the information you are seeking online, but please know that publication of this information did not originate from Mount Sinai.
IS MOUNT SINAI A FUNERAL HOME, MORTUARY OR CEMETERY?
Mount Sinai is all three. It may be confusing to understand the differences between the three so here is a brief explanation.  First, the terms Funeral Home and Mortuary are synonymous and can be used interchangeably.  Both terms refer to an organization, hired by a survivor of the decedent or the person responsible for handling funeral arrangements, that provides goods and services relating to and leading up to the burial. The word cemetery refers to the location where the deceased are buried. Because Mount Sinai provides mortuary services AND owns/operates two cemetery properties, we can assist you with ALL of the arrangements relating to death and dying

Some of these services include:

♦ Having on-site staff available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
♦ Transporting and caring for the deceased
♦ If requested, performing the traditional Jewish observances of Taharah (Ritual Washing) and Sh’mira (Watching over the Deceased and reciting Psalms)
♦ Showing and helping you select/ purchase burial property
♦ Working with you to make all service arrangements, including casket selection, webcasting of service and floral arrangements
♦ Helping you and your family select a Rabbi whose style matches your own
♦ Providing necessary clerical support – this includes preparing and obtaining signatures for the Death Certificate
♦ Coordinating all communication with clergy, newspapers and third parties (coroner, limousine etc.)
♦ Use of the funeral coach (hearse)
♦ Leading the funeral service and providing all staff in one of our on-site chapels or at graveside 

DO YOU PERMIT LOCATION FILMING AT MOUNT SINAI?
Due to our proximity to the many film and television productions that occur in Los Angeles, we are often approached by location scouts who wish to film on our property. Unfortunately, we do dot permit filming on our property..
CAN SOMEONE WHO HAS A TATTOO BE BURIED AT MOUNT SINAI?
This is a question which we are often asked due to today’s popularity of tattoos. Please know that there is nothing in Jewish law which prohibits a person with a tattoo from being interred at Mount Sinai or any Jewish cemetery. In fact, in 2002, Rabbi Ben Zion Bergman answered this question for us. Please click this LINK to see his response.
WHY DO YOU STILL WATER THE GRASS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CALIFORNIA DROUGHT?
For many people, a green lawn characterizes a cemetery, so we are making efforts in both of our parks to keep these sacred areas green.

At Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills, we use and have used reclaimed/recycled water for all of our landscaping needs since 1987. We acquire our reclaimed water through the DWP Los Angeles Glendale Water Reclamation Plant, a facility that recycles 20 million gallons of water per day and provides the treated water to nearby golf courses, businesses and cemeteries.

Because recycled water is not currently available at Mount Sinai Simi Valley, we have cut our overall water use by irrigating our interment areas with reduced water volume, replacing our landscaping with drought resistant vegetation. turning off all decorative water fountains and features, testing drought resistant grasses, executing drip irrigation, and we have also discontinued watering the non-developed areas of the park.

WHO OWNS MOUNT SINAI MEMORIAL PARKS AND MORTUARIES?
Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries is synagogue owned and locally operated by Sinai Temple of Los Angeles.
I ATTENDED A FRIEND'S FUNERAL AT MOUNT SINAI , BUT THEIR OBITUARY IS NOT LISTED ON YOUR WEBSITE. CAN YOU HELP ME OUT?
There are different scenarios that would explain why someone’s obituary is not listed on our website.  The first reason is that the family has asked for this information to be kept confidential, so we do not publish it.  Another likely scenario is that the family used an outside mortuary (Not Mount Sinai) to handle the funeral arrangements.  In this case the obituary would be handled by that outside mortuary, even if the funeral occurred and the person is buried at one of our cemetery properties. 
OTHER QUESTIONS?
You are welcome to contact us through our online contact form or by calling 800-600-0076.