Edward E. and Anna Lee Kahn Biblical Garden
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The Biblical Garden on the grounds of Temple Sinai was begun in 1975 by Edward E. and Anna Lee Kahn after a trip to the Holy Land where they were privileged to see the plans and beginning of Neot Kedumin, the 400-acre garden between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israel. They were so excited about the possibilities of such a garden, that on their return home they asked permission of the Board of Directors of Temple Sinai, if they might begin such a garden on unused land on the northwest side of the Temple. Permission was granted and in 1976 after a drainage system, walks, and a Succah had been completed, the first beds were developed and planting was begun.
Today the Biblical Garden remains one of our treasures and it is maintained and restored by dedicated volunteers, two of whom are Master Gardeners. Contact Rabbi Sokol or Jan Rockoff if you’d like to assist in maintenance. In addition, a tree was added in 2016 to commemorate the B’nai Mitzvot of two of our congregants, Sam Aronsohn and Samuel Chenkin.
You may also Click here for the Virginian-Pilot article from 2009 about the Biblical Garden (+ contains advts)