What is The Memory Garden?
The Memory Garden fills a void in how Judaism traditionally responds to these losses and to our changing community needs. More people who experience these losses are talking openly about them. Many are seeking ways to end the isolation that can accompany such losses, and they are seeking solace and support from within the Jewish community.
The Memory Garden will be located at Eternal Home Cemetery in Colma, which is operated by Sinai Memorial Chapel. It will be a quiet, contemplative space, filled with native California trees, flowers, and plants. A circle of redwood trees will surround a private space for meditation or ceremonies, and a circle of water will contain stones that can be rearranged by visitors, reflecting the tradition of placing a stone upon leaving a Jewish gravesite.
Beyond the garden itself, this effort will include outreach to the medical and religious communities to better inform them about pregnancy-related losses so they can serve and support those who experience them.
We are in the final phase of fundraising to make The Memory Garden a reality—and to create a vital addition to the Jewish response to loss.
Your donation can support the creation of The Memory Garden.