Welcome Kehilat Pardes, our 27th Partner Congregation!
The Garden of Remembrance is proud to welcome Kehilat Pardes as our 27th Partner Congregation–providing a special section of the Memorial Park for their members and families.
Kehilat Pardes – The Rock Creek Synagogue is a modern Orthodox Jewish community located in Aspen Hill, Maryland known for its culture of welcoming, spiritual dynamism, and social responsibility. We welcome Rabbi Uri Topolosky, synagogue president, Miki Moskowitz, and the members of the Kehilat Pardes Community. Our thanks to Colin Alter and Jonathan Kirsch for their assistance with the arrangements.
Welcome Mishkan Torah, our 26th Partner Congregation!
The Garden of Remembrance is proud to offer a warm welcome to Mishkan Torah as our 26th Partner Congregation. Its Congregants now join thousands of others in making this inclusive Memorial Park their eternal home.
Mishkan Torah is a dual affiliated, Reconstructionist and Conservative Congregation in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Sheldon Grosberg z”l”
Sheldon Grosberg, the founding Executive Director of the Garden of Remembrance for twenty years, passed away on September 1, 2019. Sheldon was a gift to the Washington Jewish community, extending his vision and leadership as he served on the boards of many charitable organizations. He was a supporter of social justice and a bridge-builder, always finding (and sometimes creating) common ground. And he was a warm friend, extending kindness to all. Sheldon was frequently described as a “mensch of all mensches”. Read the Washington Jewish Week’s special tribute here.
Garden of Remembrance
Names New Executive Director
The Garden of Remembrance Memorial Park has named Glenn S. Easton as its new executive director, according to Hank Levine, president of the 150-acre nonprofit cemetery that serves all streams of the Jewish community. Easton, a Jewish communal professional for more than 30 years, follows Sheldon Grosberg, Garden of Remembrance’s founding executive director, who held the position for 20 years prior to his recent passing.
As part of his role as executive director of three of the region’s largest synagogues, Easton brings decades of experience managing multiple cemeteries to his new position. He has been president of both the Jewish Communal Service Association of North America and the North American Association of Synagogue Executives; has served on the boards of numerous local and national community and civic organizations; has published in the areas of nonprofit management, fundraising/development, and technology; and founded an information and management consulting company that served the nonprofit and faith communities.
Easton holds a master’s degree in public management and administration from American Jewish University in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in history from California State University, Northridge, including coursework at UCLA and Tel Aviv University.
Founded in 2000, The Garden of Remembrance, a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, is the region’s most inclusive Jewish cemetery. It is the Washington region’s only not-for-profit cemetery managed by a board of Jewish community leaders, with sections owned by twenty-six synagogues of all branches as well as extensive areas for unaffiliated individuals and families. Located in Upper Montgomery County, plans include the construction of a chapel and development of expanded grounds to accommodate the future needs of the area’s growing Jewish community.
Since the fall of 2000, many exciting developments have taken place at the Garden of Remembrance, helping to strengthen its role as the preferred cemetery for many congregations, organizations and individuals throughout the greater Washington area.
In addition to the growing interest from congregations, important traditions, news and events are helping to establish the Garden of Remembrance as a community-centered memorial park.
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