Meditation Garden Honors Local Rabbi

August 18, 2016


In the spirit of interfaith dialogue, the College dedicated a meditation garden in honor of a local rabbi who spent his career bringing different communities of faith together.

The dedication of the Rabbi H. David Werb Interfaith Meditation Garden took place Sunday afternoon, August 21, on the south side of the Chapel of Mary. Rabbi Werb, a member of Stonehill’s Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Committee, was in attendance. In the photo below, Rabbi Werb is on the left of the first row with members of the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Committee.

Approximately 100 invited guests came to witness the dedication. The Stonehill community was represented by Fr. John Denning, C.S.C., Fr. James Lies, C.S.C., Fr. Kevin Spicer, C.S.C., Fr. Anthony Szakaly, C.S.C., members of the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Committee, and other members of the Stonehill community.

The new meditation garden is a relocation and reconfiguration of a similar garden that had been built in Rabbi Werb’s honor at Temple Beth Emunah in Brockton upon his retirement in 2007. Stonehill worked with Temple Beth Emunah to move the garden to campus after the Temple building was sold last year.

 Throughout his 36 years of service at Temple Beth Emunah, Rabbi Werb played an instrumental role in fostering deep connections between people of different faiths.

In addition to aiding Father Frank Cloherty of Lynn in the development of various education programs for Brockton’s Jewish and Catholic communities, Rabbi Werb also created the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration for Brockton’s churches and synagogues.

As a co-founder of the Brockton Interfaith Community, Rabbi Werb worked tirelessly to inspire his community to take action for the public good through his leadership and wisdom. It is hoped that it will be a place for prayerful reflection, and for dialogue, conversation, and learning that leads to action.