Gan Emunah, Garden of Faith is a beautiful butterfly garden on the southeast lawn of Temple Sholom that pays tribute to Faith Dremmer.
With this Garden we give meaning to memory-- to life-- as we actively build our Garden of Faith. With each stepping stone, we walk a path toward peace, comfort and beauty. As we remember our Faith, we commit that in every way this will be a garden devoted to אמונה-emunah, to faith.
In the words of Rebbe Nachmanof Breslov: "Faith is the foundation of all spiritual quest...the root of all teaching and practice...the channel for every benefit and blessing."
With these stepping stones, we create a path that represents our faith.
In her seventeen years of life, Faith Dremmer did more to bring justice, beauty and goodness into the world than most people are able to do, even if they live well into the autumn of life. Faith was extremely involved in the Temple Sholom community in many ways including social action vice-president of Orr Shalom, the Temple’s youth group that arranged for the high school students to volunteer in different projects including the Monday Meal Mitzvah Program.
This butterfly and herb garden will help the Temple Sholom community; and its children, learn about urban gardening and the greening of our environment, as well as yield herbs whose harvest will be used at the Monday Meal that the synagogue hosts on a weekly basis to feed the hungry. Amidst the flowering bushes and native plants in the Garden of Faith are 18 stepping stones—each representing a quality of Faith including: tzedek- righteousness, chazon- vision, chesed- loving kindness, hoda’ah- gratitude, tikvah-hope and shalom. The garden provides a place to remember, to find comfort and to be surrounded by beauty (even amidst loss). As the garden renews itself every year, there will be a sense of continual blossoming at Temple Sholom.