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Hillside Memorial Park Announces Complimentary Grief Support Groups
LOS ANGELES—Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, one of the nation’s premier funeral care providers, announced that they will be hosting Grief Support Groups for adults who have lost a spouse or parent. These groups will be held at the Westside Jewish Community Center on Olympic Boulevard and facilitated by Hillside’s Community Outreach Manager, Holly Price, who holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Dates and times will be determined based on the availability of those interested.
Hillside understands that losing a loved one is one of life’s most difficult challenges. Grief can be overwhelming physically, emotionally and spiritually. Engaging with others who are also going through the healing process can provide comfort and support. Hillside is honored to be able to serve our community by introducing these Grief Support Groups.
If you are interested in joining one of Hillside’s Grief Support Groups, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Facilitator’s office at (310) 641-0707 ext. 276.
Hillside Memorial Park Announces Gan Eden, the First Certified Green Burial in Los Angeles
A new option has been added at Hillside Memorial Park. Gan Eden is the first and only certified green burial area in Los Angeles; meeting the stringent criteria of the Green Burial Council.
Los Angeles, CA November 10, 2015—A new option has been added at Hillside Memorial Park. Gan Eden is the first and only certified green burial area in Los Angeles; meeting the stringent criteria of the Green Burial Council.
Developed to serve the needs and desires of our diverse Southern California community, Green Burial in Gan Eden is performed without embalming the deceased, using a metal or non-biodegradable casket and interring directly back into the earth, without using concrete burial vaults. This practice allows for shroud burial as performed in Israel or with caskets certified as sustainable.
“With Jewish values rooted deeply in Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), Hillside takes our shared responsibility seriously and has long been committed to responsibly using natural resources. Green burial is yet another example of Hillside’s commitment to the community and the environment,” said Hillside Memorial Park’s General Manager, Paul Goldstein.
In addition to Gan Eden, Hillside Mortuary is one of a select number of funeral homes to receive a “three leaf rating” for providing Green Funeral service and is available to families choosing any Southern California cemetery.
As environmental consciousness continues to rise, many people choose to consider ecological values in addition to religious values in making their end of life arrangements.
For over 80 years, Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary has provided members of the Jewish and Inter-Faith community the means to honor and remember their loved ones in beauty, tranquility and the comfort of Jewish traditions, while at the same time adapting to the choices of our community.
Community Dedication of Restored Akiba Bronze Relief Sculpture
LOS ANGELES—Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary is proud to announce the dedication of the recently restored bronze relief Akiba Sculpture by internationally renowned artist Albert Wein. First erected at Temple Akiba, Culver City in 1963, Wein’s sculpture is a 24-foot bronze relief designed to express light, hope, freedom and peace. Akiba Sculpture joins several other Wein pieces on the grounds of Hillside, including the Shin door handles at the entrance on the administration building, the Emunah centerpiece to the fountain in the Court of Faith, and the adorning sculptures above two prominent sarcophagi in the Garden of Memories.
Temple Akiba graciously donated the 50-year-old sculpture to Hillside prior to their synagogue renovation and Hillside staff worked alongside Williams Art Conservation, Inc. during the restoration process. Hillside is honored to have ensured the restoration of Wein’s beautiful work of art and rejoices in providing it with a new home in our park. Visitors can see Akiba Sculpture above the south-facing doors of the Courts of the Book.
Please join Hillside and the congregation of Temple Akiba for the dedication on October 20th at 5:00 p.m. Rabbi Zach Shapiro, Senior Rabbi for Temple Akiba will be officiating the ceremony.
Throughout his career, Albert Wein completed commissions for the Bronx Zoo, the Libby Dam bas-relief project, the Steuben Glass Co., and the Brookgreen Gardens, which features the world’s largest sculpture garden. Wein has been recognized with a Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation grant, and the coveted Prix de Rome, which has been likened to the Nobel Prize in the arts. In 1979, he was elected a full Academician of the National Academy of Design.
Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary is a community service of Temple Israel of Hollywood. For over 70 years, Hillside has provided members of the Jewish community the means to honor and remember their loved ones in beauty, tranquility and the comfort of Jewish traditions. For more information, visit www.hillsidememorial.org.