17 2021

BEKI Tours Botanical Garden of Healing

1:00PM - 2:30PM  

Congregation Beth El–Keser Israel (BEKI) 85 Harrison Street
New Haven, CT 06515-1724
203-389-2108 office@beki.org

Contact Peggy Hackett


After kiddush lunch, you are invited to walk down to Valley Street, just below BEKI, for a tour through the Botanical Garden of Healing. Dedicated to victims of gun violence in New Haven, the one-acre garden, designed by Svigals + Partners, includes a sculpture, benches, trees, shrubs, and thousands of flowers planted by volunteers with Urban Resources Initiative (URI). Conceived by Marlene Pratt and three other mothers who lost children to gun violence, the garden includes a brick walkway inscribed with the names and ages of over 600 victims since 1976, all arranged chronologically. The garden is designed not only to offer a tranquil place for families to remember a loved one, but also to spark conversation and action. Our tour guides will be Jay Brotman from Svigals + Partners and Marlene Pratt. If the weather is horrible, the tour will be postponed until July 31.