Beautifying the Albert & Sara Reuben Holocaust Memorial Garden

To earn his Eagle Scout rank, the highest possible rank in the Boy Scouts of America program, local teen Josh Friedman was tasked with developing, leading and executing a community service project benefitting a religious institution, school, or community. His involvement in the Indianapolis Jewish community inspired him to renovate and beautify the Albert & Sara Reuben Holocaust Memorial Garden, located on the Max & Mae Simon Jewish Community Campus.

The Idea

“In late 2017, I decided I wanted to find an Eagle Scout project to do [that had] a connection to the Jewish community. One day after Sunday school at Beth-El, I walked over to the JCC to see if I could find some ideas, and I decided that the project with the most impact and the one I felt was most needed was cleaning up the Holocaust
memorial,” Josh recalled.

The Project

Josh’s project consisted of several tasks: pressure washing the sidewalk, coating and cleaning the wooden benches, cleaning out the fountain, removing dead plants, planting flowers, and re-lettering the names of the concentration camps on the outside of the fountain. The project took around 200 hours of planning and execution, and on October 6 and 7, 36 people put in over 100 hours of work to help Josh complete the beautification.

The Impact

“One thing I hope results from the beautification of the memorial is people taking more advantage of [it],” Josh said. “I hope that because of my project, people will visit the memorial more and it will be a nicer and more beautiful place for people to use."

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Photo caption: Josh Friedman (second from right) and fellow Boy Scouts in front of the Holocaust memorial


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