The availability of a safe and respectful way to dispose of sheimos was announced on Tuesday by the office of Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn).
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation had granted Beth Geniza Olam in Monroe, N.Y., authorization for the burial rights of religious articles recovered from cleanup efforts from the impact of Hurricane Sandy. This opportunity will also allow community members to bury other sheimos items during the coming month.
“Does anyone ever question what happens to their sheimos after it’s dropped in the back of a truck? They should,” said Assemblyman Hikind. “Last year we had a disaster in Boro Park. We were appalled to learn that box upon box of sheimos had been abandoned and treated with utter disrespect.” When the disgraceful situation was discovered, residents contacted Assemblyman Hikind, who saw to its safe disposal at Beth Geniza in Sullivan County, overseen by the Vaad L’mishmeres Hasheimos.
Between Purim and Passover, Beth Geniza will dispatch six 40-foot tractor trailers to Boro Park, Flatbush, Lakewood, Monroe, Monsey and Williamsburg to collect books, documents, papers and other religious articles comprised of paper, cloth, leather and wood.
These sheimos items will be buried under supervision in upstate New York. Beth Geniza is certified by the OU (Orthodox Union) and the CRC, among others.
“With Passover just around the corner, I’m delighted to announce this opportunity to turn over sheimos without having to worry about its safe and appropriate burial,” said Assemblyman Hikind. “Thanks to Beth Geniza, hopefully we can avoid all desecration of sheimos this year.”