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 accepts worn out siddurim (prayer books), Torah scrolls, tallisim, tzitzit, tefellin, and other sacred materials containing the Hebrew name of God and buries them free of charge in our parks. Each year, we provide this service to synagogues, organizations and individuals from our local community. We do this to show respect for God’s Holy Name.
You are welcome to drop off your worn and unused sacred materials (Shemmot) for the Genizah Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM at either of our cemetery properties. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800-600-0076. Once we receive the Shemmot, it all will be transported to Mount Sinai Simi Valley where our Genizah burials take place.
Before you drop off siddurim, we encourage you to take a careful look at what you are bringing us. For many people, the family prayer books were used as a special place to record family records, memories and stories, and may have significant meaning to you.
The burial of the Shemmot will occur at a later date as part of our community educational services. If you would like to arrange a private Genizah burial service for your school, Chavurah or adult group, please contact us so that we can assist you.
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