What is a Genizah?

“An area for storage of Hebrew-language books and papers on religious topics, prior to proper cemetery burial.”

The Greater Trenton Jewish Cemetery Project has organized a community-wide effort to collect and inter items that should, by Jewish law and tradition, be properly disposed of through burial in a Jewish cemetery.

The GTJCP has designed and produced Genizah collection boxes, been placed in synagogues and Jewish community social service agencies, where community members are welcome to deposit their worn, unused or irreparable religious objects in the boxes. A list of collection box locations is below.

Materials donated in the collection boxed periodically will be buried in a public ceremony. To receive advance notice and other information about this project, please email Honor@GTJCP.org or follow us on Facebook. For our helpful information sheet PDF, click here.

Our first burial will take place Sunday, October 15, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at the GTJCP–maintained People of Truth Memorial Section on 1001 Cedar Lane, Hamilton Township, NJ 08610. For directions, please refer to the second map on our Directions page.

What items are accepted for the Genizah?

Acceptable items include anything with G-d’s name on them, such as bibles, prayer books, siddurim, Talmuds, tallesim, tzitzit, tefillin, Torah scrolls, Torah books, Torah mantles/sashes, benchers, mezuzot.

Unacceptable items include personal items, school papers, mail, calendars, newspapers, digital media, solicitations, and magazines — with the only exception being those where a Torah portion or the Hebrew name of G-d is found within them.

Genizah donation box locations:

Adath Israel Congregation, 1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrence, NJ
Abrams Hebrew Academy, 31 W. College Ave., Yardley, PA
Congregation Beth Chaim, 329 Village Rd. East, West Windsor, NJ
Congregation Beth El, 375 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley, PA
Congregation Brothers of Israel, 530 Washington Crossing Rd., Newtown, PA
Chabad of TCNJ & Ewing, 44 Chaucey Ave, Ewing, NJ
Greenwood House, 53 Walter Street, Ewing, NJ
Har Sinai Temple, 2421 Pennington Rd., Pennington, NJ
Jewish Community Foundation at Princeton Jewish Center, 457 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ
Jewish Family & Children’s Service, 707 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction, NJ

CONTACT INFORMATION: For questions regarding the Genizah Project, or if your organization’s Genizah donation box is full or needs other attention, please contact Arthur Levner: artlevner[at]gmail.com.

For GTJCP information, please email us.

Donate, please, for the sake of our ancestors’ living legacy.