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Dedicated 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 families. 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 feature 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, Holocaust Remembrance Day, ceremony and commemoration.

On April 12, 2015 three new panels were added to the Courtyard (see above photo). They honor the many Holocaust Survivors who lived in the Rochester community, and the lives they built here. Just as many of them were instrumental in creating the original Garden in 1982 to honor the loved ones they had lost, so too do they deserve a special place of honor and reverence in our community.

The 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.