This Pesach Chol haMoed holiday visitors to Crown Heights will be learning about the Ketores at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens thanks to a Crown Heights resident.
Over the last few years the Botanical Gardens has been cultivating collection of the Ketores under the watchful eye of Rabbi Yehuda Benchemhoun. There are many herbs and plants needed to make the Ketores incense that could be ground into the daily incense offering in the Beis HaMikdosh. The special collection of Ketores plants are supervised by Brooklyn Botanical Gardens curator Karla Chandler.
The Botanical Gardens has also been cultivating a complete collection of the Daled Minim in its artificially controlled climate Greenhouse. Last Sukkos, hundreds of visitors to the Gardens came to see the seasonal four species growing in their natural state. During Chol HaMoed, an informative guided tour was provided by botanic expert and specialist on Lulavim and Esrogim, Rabbi Benchemhoun.
A perfect short trip for the kids, and just a stone’s throw from Crown Heights, the local Botanic Gardens also boasts myriad varieties of other plants, hundreds of exotic flowers and trees from all over the world. This year, visitors to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Greenhouse can enjoy an interactive tour learn about other fascinating horticultural displays of interest to the Jewish connoisseur.
You can visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens this Chol Hamoed Pessach and take part in Rabbi Benchemhoun’s eye-opening presentation about the ‘Ketoreth’ in English, Hebrew or French. Tours will take place on Chol HaMoed Pesach:
Thursday April 17 from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm;
Friday the April 18 from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm;
Sunday the April 20 from 12 pm – 2:30 pm.
To arrange FREE tour with your group tour please call the Brooklyn Botanic Garden visitors information at 718-623-7260.
To drive or walk from Crown Heights, proceed west on Crown Street until Washington Avenue, enter at 1000 Washington Ave.
By subway, take the #3 Train to the ‘Brooklyn Museum’ station and enter the gardens at 900 Washington Avenue