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Jewish Death Practices:
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Phases of Death Observance
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Eagle Scout Genizah Projects

Tiferet Bet Israel Men's Club would like to thank Ryan Ede from Boy Scout Troop 622 at St. Titus for his special Eagle Scout project in building a new Geniza to bury old prayer books. The Geniza will be dedicated in a special ceremony by Rabbi and the Religious School on November 8. Men's Club assisted financially in clearing a path and for burying of the Geniza box. Blue Bell, PA Oct 2009
Valley Torah High School Josh Bregman, a graduate of Valley Torah High School in North Hollywood who is studying in Jerusalem this year, organized his school's over-stuffed "Geniza Garage," where old prayer books and other sacred texts had accumulated over many years (since texts that contain God's name may not be unceremoniously discarded). He organized packing and sorting parties and escorted more than 100 boxes to a cemetery where the texts were buried. North Hollywood, CA 2005
Temple Beth Am Eagle Scout Genizah Ceremony Randolph, MA
Nov 2005
North Shore Jewish Center Landscaped and built a Genizah for the burial of unusable religious articles. Constructed flower boxes, benches and frame around burial site. Port Jefferson, NY Sep 2001
Temple Beth Chai
The keynote speaker was Eagle Scout Daniel Abramowitz of Troop 214 (Hauppauge), who addressed the scouts, family members, and the Temple B'nai Israel Hebrew School classes about his experiences as an Eagle Candidate. His project had been to clear the land and build a Geniza (sacred burial place for Jewish artifacts) for Temple Beth Chai of Hauppauge. He explained why a Geniza was important to the Jewish Community and what was involved in the project, inviting all to visit Temple Beth Chai and to view the second "active" Geniza on Long Island. He also shared the experience with the JCOS Awards Breakfast attendees via a photo display of his project in progress and at the completion when the first section of the Geniza was put to use in 1999.
Hauppauge, NY
Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington