New Taube Grant Will Help Create Contemplative Memory Garden


The Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture recently announced a matching grant of $100,000.00 to support the Jewish Community Memory Garden at the Eternal Home Cemetery in Colma, which is operated by Sinai Memorial Chapel Chevra Kadisha. The Memory Garden will serve to provide comfort and strength to families devastated by the unexpected loss of a pregnancy or infant by memorializing those losses and by ensuring that the Jewish community is a place of solace and support. Tad Taube, Founder and Chairman of Taube Philanthropies, learned of this project at the recent Jewish Family and Children's Services 2019 FAMMY Gala, where the memory garden's co-creators, Debbie Findling and Abby Porth, were honored. The project held special meaning for Mr. Taube, whose mother had lost a child to miscarriage in 1938, when Tad was 7 years old. "I was reminded how the idea of a memory garden might have helped my mother if such a place had existed decades ago." The vision for the garden, spearheaded by Findling and Porth, is that It will be a quiet, contemplative space, filled with native California trees, flowers, and plants. A circle of redwood trees will surround a private space for meditation or ceremonies, and a circle of water will contain stones that can be rearranged by visitors, reflecting the tradition of placing a stone upon leaving a Jewish gravesite. The fundraising for the project is ongoing, and the Taube Foundation hopes that the 1:1 matching grant will help complete its capital funding.

Read more about Tad Taube's Thoughts on the Memory Garden