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Construction Update: Hadassah Celebrates New Healing Garden--Gifted by Australian Donors

Placing the scroll in the ground
The Shalva Chorus Band at Groundbreaking
Left to right: Ambassador Andrea Faulkner, Dr. Osnat Levtzion Korach, Mayor Nir Barkat, and Dr. Shmuel Harris, with one of his children

Published May 20, 2013
Update: July 15, 2013: Click here to see photos of the construction of the Healing Garden>>

With entertainment by the children of the Shalva School Chorus Band, in front of the Eli Douer and Family Center for Pediatric Genetic and Chronic Diseases on Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus, a groundbreaking was celebrated for the new Healing and Environmental Garden, a gift from Australians, Jack and Robert Smorgon and their families, along with other supporters of Hadassah Australia and Jewish National Fund.

The garden was spearheaded by a partnership between Hadassah Australia and Kerem Kayemet L'Yisroel (KKL)/Jewish National Fund (JNF) Australia "to provide a sanctuary of calm, of light, of beauty, for those children who are facing serious, long-term illness, so that they can connect with nature, sit under a blue sky with family and friends, and leave a troubled world behind--even for just a few minutes a day."

The Jack and Robert Smorgon Families Foundation provided the $500,000 keystone donation that launched the campaign and captured the hearts of Australian donors. During the ceremony, the sign that will be posted at the site throughout construction was unveiled, announcing: "The Jack and Robert Smorgon Families Healing and Environmental Garden is being built on this location."

On hand for the momentous occasion were: Director of Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus Dr. Osnat Levtzion-Korach; Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat; Australia's Ambassador to Israel Andrea Faulkner; Keren Kayemeth Le'Yisroel (KKL)/Jewish National Fund (JNF) Director of Development Zeev Kedem; Director of the Hadassah Office in Israel Audrey Shimron; Sir Ian Gainsford, representing Hadassah International and Hadassah Australia; Prof. Isaiah Wexler of Hadassah's Pediatrics Department; and Dr. Shmuel Harris, a psychiatrist at Hadassah-Mount Scopus and member of the Smorgon family, who made Aliyah from Melbourne, Australia.

Once the special scroll, marking the gift and the occasion, was signed by all the participants and placed in a time capsule, Mayor Barkat lowered it for burial in the ground at the site.

Read more about the Healing Garden on Hadassah International's website>>
Read more in The Jerusalem Post>>

Date: 7/15/2013
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