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Sugihara Memorial
Sugihara Memorial Garden

In April of 2000 a memorial to Chiune Sugihara was dedicated on the grounds of Temple Emeth. During the Nazi terror, Sugihara served as Japanese Consul to Lithuania. In 1940 in Kovno, Lithuania, his pen quietly, but bravely, issued over 2,000 transit visas to European Jewish families, saving their lives by allowing them safe passage to Japan. Temple Emeth congregant Samuil Manski z"l, one of those rescued by Sugihara, was instrumental in the memorial’s planning and implementation. Sam Manski’s personal story is told in his book, With God’s Help, available for download here.

Sugihara’s image is sketched on the stone monument, and a testimonial to his brave deeds is written in English, Hebrew and Japanese. The monument is located near the Temple's West Roxbury Parkway entrance. The Sugihara Memorial Committee, composed of Temple Emeth members and the Boston area’s Japanese community, organizes an annual program to honor Chiune Sugihara. In 2008, the Town of Brookline formally honored Chiune Sugihara for his deeds and the city of Tsuruga, Japan, for accepting these families. A video, Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness, tells the story and is available in the Temple's library.

Donations are accepted for the support of the Sugihara Memorial Garden at Temple Emeth. For information about making a donation click here.

Commemorative Cruise
In July 2011 the Sugihara Commemoration Committee undertook a cruise from Tsuruga, Japan, to Vladivostok, Russia. Attendees made presentations that were filmed for a museum in Tsuruga and participated in other activities to promote Tsuruga as a "Port of Humanity." For information, email or call the Temple office at 617-469-9400.

Support for Japan

A "Prayerful Assembly" was held in Temple Emeth's Sugihara Memorial Garden in support of the Japanese people following the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. Members of Boston's Japanese and Jewish communities came together to offer reflection and show support. Rabbi Turetz, Consul General of Japan Takeshi Hikihara and Deputy Consul General of Israel Ronit Nudelman Perl were among the speakers.

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