City temple receives social action award

March 24, 2005

Temple Oheb Shalom's Gan Chaie initiative has been honored by the Union for Reform Judaism's Social Action Commission with the Irving J. Fain Social Action Award.

The Gan Chaie - or Garden of Life - involves part of the back lawn of the synagogue at 7310 Park Heights Ave. The congregation transformed the area into a garden to grow organic produce, donating most of the food to the kitchen at St. Gregory's Roman Catholic Church in Sandtown-Winchester.

The project is modeled on a similar program at a Connecticut synagogue. Led by master gardener Larry Kloze, about 40 members of the temple - as well as people from the American Jewish Congress and Baltimore Hebrew Congregation - have grown vegetables.

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