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Genizah and Book Burials

Genizah means “reserved” or “hidden” in Hebrew, and is traditionally a place where Jews store sacred documents when they fall out of use.

As a service to the community and in accordance with Jewish tradition, Mount Sinai buries worn out siddurim (prayer books), Torah scrolls, tefellin and other sacred materials containing the Hebrew name of God in our parks. We do this to show respect for God’s holy name. Since 1999 all Mount Sinai book burials have taken place at Mount Sinai Simi Valley.

Please contact our Simi Valley park to schedule a drop off. Unfortunately we cannot accept drop offs without a scheduled appointment.


Genizah books

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Hollywood Hills

Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills

5950 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068

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Simi Valley

Mount Sinai Simi Valley

6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93063

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Park Hours

Our cemeteries are open Sunday through Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Closed every Saturday in observance of Shabbat

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