On Sunday, October 25, Temple Shalom celebrated a significant milestone. Phase One of its beautiful Founders’ Garden was dedicated.
Developed to honor the 74 farsighted and determined original founders of Temple Shalom, the garden is the result of two years of intensive work, planning and fundraising. The plan has two more phases.
With approximately 70 guests in attendance, Rabbi Stanley Miles lead a poignant tribute to founders who have passed and to the seven living founders who were in attendance.
Guests included founders and their family members, Temple Shalom members and friends. Of the 11 surviving founders, the seven in attendance included Margot and David Kling, Seymour Krinsky, Fay and Fred Levin and Joyce and Joe Wolf.
Expressions of gratitude and admiration were shared with the honored guests and all in attendance. A reception followed with a presentation of pictures of the founders and memories of the past.
Brenda Bush, representing the Founders’ Garden Committee, which includes Barbara Sanders (chair), Sandy Diamond, Roz Shaffer, Fran Kratzok, Dafna Schurr, Connie Moser and Karen Abraham, explained the plans for completing the garden.
The plans include pathways in the garden, additional trees and bushes in the area, benches and artistic sculptures. This project will be a permanent tribute to the cherished founders who courageously made a dream into a reality 40 years ago.
Upon completion the garden will provide exquisite space for lifecycle events, teaching, meditation and other uses. Fundraising for the remaining phases and for garden maintenance is ongoing.
Engraved garden bricks to commemorate and memorialize loved ones, friends and lifecycle events are available for $54 each installed. For more information about the garden and donation opportunities contact any committee member or Sofiya Pergam in the Temple Shalom office, 502-458-4739.