High Holy Days

Our Yizkor Memorial Garden


During these days of awe, we invite you to visit IKAR’s Yizkor Memorial Garden, which was lovingly envisioned and created by Samara Hutman and Sarah Goldfinger, in partnership with Rabbi Keilah Lebell and many devoted volunteers from the community. It’s a beautiful, peaceful, sacred space located at the IKAR office where we are displaying the photographs of and written reflections about our family members and loved ones who have died. This is one of the few opportunities we have during this time to visit a communal space that’s ours, and that is truly peaceful. Everything about it is shared: the plants, the fountains, the wind chimes, the words — it’s all yours to enjoy. So please come visit. Below is the info you you’ll need to make your visit safe and meaningful.

We also want to thank the incredible volunteers who helped to create and sustain this sacred space: Scott Shulman & Cipra Nemeth, Danny Kessler, Pam Jacobson, Carole Silverstein, Ross Berman, Susan Black-Feinstein, Beth Edelstein, Elizabeth Fenjves & Donald Goodstein, Anna Ayeroff, Devorah Brous, Esther Kustanowitz, Dara Resnik, Rabbi Len Muroff, Julio Sims, Alisa Reich, and Tara Bokman. We thank you and we cherish you.

Hours:  Monday, September 21st through Thursday, September 24, 9 am-6 pm, Friday, September 25 and Sunday, September 27, 8 am-2 pm, and Monday, September 28, 1-6 pm.

Directions: The garden is located at our office space (1737 S La Cienega Blvd). Please enter via the black gate on La Cienega (signs will be posted) and exit via the alley behind the office.

Your Safety: To ensure that you and others are safe, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please:

Do not visit the garden if:

-You have been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19 in the previous 14 days, including anyone who was experiencing or displaying symptoms of COVID-19 (elevated temperature or fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of smell and/or taste, fatigue, muscle aches, chills, or persistent headaches)

-You have traveled to a restricted area in the previous 14 days

-You have any of the symptoms stated above

-Please use sanitizing stations when you enter and exit the space

-Wear a mask at all times over your nose and mouth

-Maintain 10′ distance from others

-Help to ensure there are only 8 people in the garden at one time. If you see there are already 8 people in the garden, please wait in the entry area just inside the gate.

-Please be mindful of others who are waiting to enter the garden.

-Please remember: No restrooms are available, so please plan accordingly

-If it’s hot, we urge you to bring a filled water bottle, sun hat, and parasol/umbrella!


Volunteers Needed:

  1. THIS WEEK: If you are able to help with some finishing touches at the garden this week, please email [email protected].
  2. NEXT WEEK: If you are willing to take a shift at the garden to support the staff, help answer questions, and ensure that people are safe, please email [email protected].