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MOUNT SINAI PARK DEDICATION SET.

Byline: Tracy Valeri Daily News Staff Writer

Four hundred acres of land in Simi Valley will be dedicated Sunday as the future site of Mount Sinai Memorial Park-Simi Valley.

The property will be developed in the future into a cultural center and cemetery.

``It's going to be a great day of music and warmth, a picnic lunch, and an upbeat feeling . . .,'' said Russ Alben, who is on the board of governors of Sinai Temple, which owns and operates Mount Sinai.

The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. with religious processions as congregants and rabbis from 50 area synagogues walk the perimeter of the first area to be dedicated.

Cantors will chant psalms as congregants scatter soil from Israel on the ground.

The ceremony takes on added significance because Sunday is the anniversary of the death of Moses, who led the Jews out of captivity in Egypt.

Organizers say they are planning nearly 250 years in advance to the year 2240. That's how long the facility is expected to serve the Jewish community.

In the Jewish calendar, that will be the year 6000. That's why the celebration itself is being called Affirmation 6000.

``What can you say when you hear that people are planning 250 years into the future? Chutzpah must play a role in such optimism,'' Alben said.

At 10:30 a.m., a tent seating 1,000 will serve as a concert hall as choirs from the University of Judaism, Valley Beth Shalom, Stephen S. Wise Temple, Shomrei Torah and Temple Etz Chaim perform during the invocation and introductions by area rabbis.

A dedication of a memorial pathway, The Pathway of the Righteous Ones, will take place to honor Christians who helped Jews during the Holocaust.

There will be a picnic lunch at noon followed by a concert by the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra.

Parking will be at Simi Valley High School, 5400 Cochran St., with shuttle bus transportation to the event.

Admission is free.

For information, call (800) 600-0076 or (213) 469-6000.
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