Members at Edgware and District Reform Synagogue (EDRS) have literally walked through fire to help raise funds to build their stunning Holocaust Memorial Garden, possibly the only such memorial on synagogue grounds in the UK. The garden was officially opened at a dedication ceremony on 25 January 2015, two days before the UK’s national Holocaust Memorial Day.
The garden design was inspired by ideas from students at the EDRS Religion School including Kaylie Allen, Jessica Brand, Jaime Brown, Sophie Goldner, Samuel Karbaron, Bradley Papier and Georgia Trainis.
In the centre of the garden stands a beautiful sculpture, designed by EDRS member, Cheryl Gould ARBS (pictured below with Rabbi Daniel Smith). There are six branches on the “tree of life” sculpture representing the six million whose lives were lost in the Holocaust. A large piece of reflective blue glass is inset to offer a sense of contemplation and spirituality, light and hope. The memorial sits in the centre of a Magen David, created from reclaimed railway sleepers and the poignancy of this cannot be overlooked. The original concept became a reality thanks to the dedication and care received from designer, Simon Rickard, Josh Noah – The Green Room Landscape Design and Adam Baginsky and his team from All in One Property Services. The garden also features a children’s memorial garden and includes only plants, herbs and shrubs mentioned in the Bible.
Rabbi Daniel Smith led a short ceremony, accompanied by singing led by Ann Sadan and members of the EDRS choir. Over 90 people attended including synagogue trustees, private donors and guests. Grants were received from the Jewish Joint Jewish Burial Society, events such as the firewalk as well as personal pledges and donations from members. Further monies are still required to fund the final stages of the project and ensure that there are funds in place to maintain the garden.
For more information or to help fund the EDRS Holocaust Memorial Garden, please email firstname.lastname@example.org