In an exciting and inspiring event, the new “Basi Legani” garden opened Sunday in Chabad, Bakersfield, California. At the center of the garden are six million buttons commemorating the six million Jews who died at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust.Full text, photos, videos
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In an exciting and inspiring event, the new “Basi Legani” garden opened Sunday in Chabad, Bakersfield, California.
Lush New Gardens Are Places to Reflect on Gd, Says Schliak at Rabbi of Bakersfield Shmuli SnakeAt the center of the garden are six million buttons commemorating the six million Jews who died at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust.
Rabbi Schlanger explains that the garden is called the “Basi Legani” garden, based on the Rebbe’s view of the world. “The garden represents the syllikos of this world. It has a positive impact on everyone we meet (Jews, non-Jews), refines its surroundings to become a garden rather than a jungle, and ultimately transforms the world.” To prepare for Mosiak.”
Visitors to the garden will learn about doing good deeds to refine the world and about Sheva Mitzboth for all of humanity, Schlanger says. Learn about the Rebbe’s call to enact.
The garden is the result of over a decade of planning and community effort, including collecting and counting 6 million buttons. Each button, varying in size, shape and color, represents an individual life lost in the Holocaust. Daughter and son. Tailor, writer. student, teacher.
Together, the buttons adorning the walls along the quiet lanes outside Chabad in Bakersfield somehow embody the magnitude of the Nazi-era loss.
“This presentation offers students and surrounding communities a unique opportunity to remember those lost while better understanding the history of the Holocaust, Jewish identity, and Jewish resilience,” Shrucha said. say. Esther Marka Schlanger“The memorial will also stand as a powerful reminder of what is at stake in the fight against prejudice and persecution, and hopefully inspire all of us to act and do better.” increase.”
The memorial was envisioned by the California Holocaust Education and Research Center in 2012 as the first such educational and remembrance site in the Central Valley. Cynthia Fisher When Thomas Simonian Originally from Tulare, California. Bakersfield’s Chabad has adopted and funded that vision in 2020. So many people of so many backgrounds and faiths have contributed to its realization. Donated buttons were organized and counted by volunteers from local congregations and schools, including students, and women’s button groups across the United States and Israel. In the future, the space will continue to bring people together by hosting Holocaust educators and their students. We held lectures and workshops related to these histories. The memorial is open to the public, as well as interested individuals from or visiting the area.
Speakers at the unveiling included the Mayor of Bakersfield Karen GoMr. Ted Pierce When Joe AlexanderA 100-year-old Holocaust survivor who survived 12 concentration camps.
Alexander shared stories of inspiration, faith, and perseverance, and delivered messages in keeping with the monument’s intentions.
To support the dedicated work of Rabbi Shmuli and Esther Malka Schlanger of Chabad of Bakersfield, please visit charidy.com/chabadBakersfield.