Congregation Bet Haverim, located in Davis, California, with a membership of approximately 280 families, is the only Jewish synagogue in Yolo County. In 1990, the congregation decided to build a beautiful ceramic tile wall, crafted by the temple’s children, as a permanent memorial relating to the Holocaust. With the help of many donations from participating families, the Holocaust Remembrance Wall was created and installed on the synagogue grounds, as a reminder of a horrific blight on the history of mankind that should never, ever, be forgotten.
In 2004, as our membership grew, the congregation was able to move across town to a larger building. Volunteers carefully took down the tile wall and transported it to temporary storage at our new location. Unfortunately, the expense of acquiring and maintaining our new home, along with the cost of reinstallation, has prevented us from being able to again display this beautiful wall.
Sadly, the messages on the wall now seem more timely than ever. It appears we may once again be entering a time when seemingly unadulterated hatred based on nothing other than race, religion, or ethnicity is being offered as justification for senseless acts of violence.
Please help us to once again share with our community the sentiment expressed by this project. Your contribution to the Holocaust Remembrance Wall fund will allow us to reinstall the wall, as well as locate it within a small contemplative space suitable for both congregants and visitors.
Regardless of whether you are able to contribute to this campaign, please take a minute or so to reflect on the messages on the small sample of tiles from our wall displayed above.
Thank you for your consideration.
UPDATE, 01/08/2019: We are thrilled that our community has come forward to make this project a reality. Our initial goal was to raise $10,000 for the basic re-erection of the walls on our campus. Now that we have raised over $15,000, we will be able to make sure this area is nicely landscaped with proper irrigation and pleasant viewing areas. We aspire to provide some new seating in the area as well. Thank you all again! Our goal is completion by Yom Ha Shoah, which is at the beginning of May this year. If weather, contractor scheduling and providence permit, we will see you at the project's opening in the spring!