Pocono Medical Center to Create the Tom Breslauer Garden of Peace and Healing


Tom Breslauer was a Holocaust survivor who educated hundreds of students and adults throughout the country and was also very active in the community.  A Pocono resident, Breslauer passed away last spring at the age of 92.  Many people will remember him by one of his famous quotes, a simple but inspiring message that reflected his remarkable character, “You must not hate, no matter race, color or religion.  You don’t have to love everybody, but you must respect human life…and don’t smoke!”

The Tom Breslauer Garden of Peace and Healing will be located on the campus of Pocono Medical Center adjacent to the main lobby.  “The garden is being created to honor and remember the life of our dear friend, Tom, whose tireless commitment to our community and encouraging belief in peace and forgiveness made a positive impact on many lives,” said Jill Howell, MA, ATR, Medical Art Therapist with Pocono Medical Center.  Having a shared vision for building a healthier, safer, and more peaceful community makes Pocono Medical Center the ideal location for Tom’s memorial.”

“It is our hope that this garden will be a refuge for those in need of a healing environment, similar to the one Tom provided for so many.” said Camille Breslauer.  Those interested in contributing may contact the Pocono Health Foundation at (570) 476-3530.  All donors will be recognized at the unveiling of the Tom Breslauer Garden of Peace and Healing.

(Photo courtesy of PMC)