Boxes of Books are Buried
November 30th, JCAM accomplished its second Book Burial in 2001 and
in the process emptied the Pultusker Chapel on Baker Street, West
Roxbury. An estimated one hundred boxes of shammot were carefully
removed, packed in a truck and driven across town to the
Congregation Sharei Sedeck Cemetery on Centre Street in West
Roxbury. Under the supervision of Rabbi Abraham Halbfinger,
Executive Director of the Vaad Harabonim of Massachusetts, all of
the shammot was respectfully buried in a grave.
all over the community, synagogues, schools and individuals brought
their shammot (anything containing the name of G-d, any item
intended for holy use) to the chapel. Bibles, prayer books,
photocopied prayers, tfillin, talitot, a Torah cover and other
sacred artifacts were all inspected by Rabbi Halbfinger and
carefully boxed by JCAM staff members Jay Trilling and Jane Salk.
provides the land for each burial, usually a cemetery lot about the
size of an automobile. There are, however, grave opening expenses
charged by the caretaker. Participating congregations and
individuals are encouraged to make donations to JCAM to help defray
remember that the Pultusker Chapel is always open for “drop-off”.
The community is encouraged to carefully browse through the shammot,
and to remove any items that are needed or useful. You are welcome
to browse, but please be neat! Re-pack any items that you decide not
to take. JCAM normally plans on book burials in the spring and in
the fall. For more information, please contact JCAM at 617-244-6509.
the chapel neat. A barrel is provided outside the chapel for
appropriate shammot should be left at the chapel. Please do not
off textbooks, Hebrew primers, newspapers or literature unless
they include the name of G-d.
Place all items in cardboard boxes. We can not bury plastic bags
as they do not decompose.