Rodef Sholom's Tree for Life

As part of our REAL Mental Health Initiative, we have ADDED a community art installation that has become part of our synagogue’s aesthetic and culture.

The 6’ tall aluminum Tree for Life features a sign that presents an ever-changing prompt, inviting people to reflect and share their thoughts on leaves that can then be hung from the tree, bringing our tree to life with REAL sharing, openness, and honesty. In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, throughout May 2018 we are asking our community to reflect on the importance of connection in their recovery and/or to share something for which they are grateful. Come visit the tree, read others’ feelings/stories and share yours in the synagogue lobby.

Here are some of the leaves that have been shared:

PROMPT 1:
A NEW YEAR...share a hope, dream or prayer for the new year.

 

PROMPT 2:
unburden your heart...share something you would like to let go of or repair in your life.

 

Here are previous "blooms" of our Tree for Life. As part of our Mental Health Awareness month in May 2016, we asked our community to share how mental health has impacted them. 

PROMPT 1:
UNBURDEN YOUR HEART...SHARE feelings ABOUT HOW MENTAL HEALTH HAS TOUCHED YOUR LIFE OR THE LIFE OF SOMEONE YOU LOVE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROMPT 2:
IMAGINE: SHARE YOUR HOPE, DREAM OR PRAYER FOR WHAT A REAL SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY WOULD BE LIKE.