Baltimore firm is architect of Jewish memorial center

Rendering of the future memorial center and chapel (Courtesy of Garden of Remembrance)

By Alex Krutchik

Levin/Brown & Associates of Baltimore is the architect of a new memorial center and chapel at the Garden of Remembrance Memorial Park.

Located in Clarksburg, the memorial park was founded to serve Jewish communities.

Construction of the 6,000-square-foot chapel will cost about $3 million and take about nine months to complete, according to Glenn Easton, executive director of the Garden of Remembrance.

Several families have provided lead gifts, including the Marilyn & Raymond Greenberg Memorial Center; the Tina & Albert H. Small, Jr. Memorial Chapel; the Wasserman-Gill Family Wing; and the Dreyfuss Memorial Hall.

Easton said the nonprofit memorial park has been trying to build a memorial chapel on the grounds for 20 years. There is an outdoor gazebo in which services are held but, Easton said, this is limited by weather.

“The desire of the Garden of Remembrance, modeling after some other similar communities, was to be able to provide a chapel on the premises so a family could have a dignified service inside a beautiful chapel,” Easton said. “And then they could either walk or drive over to the grave site for the interment.”

Hank Levine, president of the Garden of Remembrance, said the nonprofit has 30 partner congregations. He said the new chapel will allow the park to provide all of the facilities necessary for a Jewish burial.

“We will now be able to hold services indoors and have the burial immediately thereafter,” Levine said. “And it will be right at the same location. That’s important to the community, and important to us and our ability to fulfill the mission.”

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