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Community Garden

Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly.

Come experience life in PJCC’s Hamlin Garden–a place where we gather to serve together, grow together, and celebrate the joys and blessings of community together.

The Garden

One in four individuals in our community will be at risk of hunger. The Justice Garden was created to help ameliorate this desperate situation through life-giving, justice-embracing activities for students, members, and guests of all ages.

By practicing the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repairing the world) we will literally sow the seeds of justice for people in need. With the organic produce grown in our garden—and with the help of all our volunteers—we’re able to support local agencies such as LifeMoves.

The Justice Garden provides:

  • Social Action
  • Learning Activities
  • Educational Workshops
  • Gardening Instruction

Want to get involved? Register for one of our upcoming service days!

 

The Mural

In July of 2013, Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen led 7 design workshops at the PJCC in which people ages 2 to over 90 took part. Workshop participants were given Jewish texts as a starting point for design inspiration.

The over arching theme was “Justice, Justice, Thou Shall Pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). The texts related to 4 areas that aligned with Judaism’s Imperative for Justice.

They are:

  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Human Rights & Dignity
  • Economic Justice/Fighting Poverty
  • Food Justice

Once the groups assembled their ideas, Jay and the ceramicist, E. Blaise DePaolo, went to work on creating the mural art based on the personal design elements created by the community. Then, for 2 weeks inn October 2013, the community came together to paint the entire mural.

More than 700 members of the community participated in creating the mural either through design workshops or in paint sessions, all led by PJCC Artist-in-Residence Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen.

The Grow Justice Mural is divided into 4 equal sections and one title panel. The 5 sections represent the 5 Books of Moses. The 4 outer sections are open Torah scrolls and the 5th central section is a closed Torah Scroll.