Belmont is green
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Tuesday 5th April 2022

 

Unlike many shuls Belmont shul is fortunate to have some lawn and space for flower beds. So, as part of its total refurb and refresh, the last 12 months have been focussed on its grounds. The light pastel colours of planting were chosen to match the new back lit large scale prints either side of its recently installed Aron HaKodesh. The themes of the garden, like the decorative art inside the shul, are to celebrate a love of Israel and the narratives of the Bible. The flower bed to the right of the entrance has date, olive, fig, pomegranates and vine set within a mosaic of the Israeli flag.    To the left are mosaics of the Menorah as depicted on the Arch of Titus, a Magen David from the ancient shul at Capernaum on the Kinneret, and a windmill in tribute to the Montefiores.

 

Within a small copse are 2 highly decorated beehives, illustrating Israel as a land flowing with milk and honey, and symbolic references to the prophetess Devora (Hebrew for bee) and Shimshon plucking honey from a lion carcass. Opposite the copse are two sculpted trees of honour to members and their relatives who have served in armed forces since 1914 and a tribute to people who saved members family during the Holocaust. At the far side of the shul, a new shaded garden area is book-ended by a Noah’s ark and painted image of his voyage at one end and a symbolic Miriam’s Well with a burning bush plant on either side of it. Internally to affirm the shul’s commitment to the environment, as reflected in the landscape photographs of Israel, the shul is now only using eco-friendly materials for all kiddushim and communal meals.

Belmont is delighted to be an exemplar of the Chief Rabbi and United Synagogue’s Dorot initiative.

by David Lerner