JCC Holocaust Memorial Garden and Courtyard

Holocaust Memorial Courtyard and GardenDedicated on April 25, 1982, the JCC Holocaust Memorial Garden and Courtyard was created by Rochester-area Holocaust survivors to remember the more than 2,800 members of their families who perished in the Holocaust. It features a memorial menorah, designed by sculptor David Klass. The colors, gold and red, commemorate the lives and deaths of the survivors' martyred family. The barbed wire reminds us of death and destruction, while the flames rising from the branches affirm the Jewish people's commitment to life.The Garden and Courtyard features beautiful flowers and shrubbery, as well as raised bed herb gardens. There are benches and tables with chairs, and open space for all to enjoy. Each fall the Garden and Courtyard is home to our JCC Sukkah, and in the spring it is a focal point of the Rochester area's annual Yom HaShoah ceremony and commemoration.

Holocaust Memorial Garden and Courtyard 2The Garden and Courtyard is open year round and free for all to enjoy. Please stop by and enjoy the beauty and peace of this special commemorative space.

We would like to hear from you...

The JCC is pleased to be participating in an exciting new community initiative to honor Holocaust survivors with a Rochester connection. This memorial project will be located in the Holocaust Memorial Garden and Courtyard at the JCC, and supplemented by an educational component designed to be shared with area schools.

If you know of any survivors who originally settled in the Rochester area, or whose children later did, please contact Rose Bernstein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 585-329-9095.