'The numerical value of the letters in the name Katie Manson are equivalent to the numerical value of the letters in the phrase, 'This world and the next world together,'" says Nurit Gordon as she inaugurates the Katie Manson Sensory Garden, dedicated to the memory of her sister, Katie. Katie Manson was a young woman who had epilepsy and died at the age of 24. The plaque at the entrance to the garden reads simply, "Dedicated in the Memory of Katie Manson - adored daughter, sister, and friend." Although not listed on the plaque, a large group of donors made the dedication of this garden possible. The "Manchester Group" as they are known, is composed of 31 families and donors, all of whom have a personal connection with the Manson family and have a philanthropic history with Elwyn Israel. Jack Livingstone, brother-in-law of Katie's father, Jonny Manson, was a primary donor for the adjoining housing facility, Beit Joanna, which houses 60 Elwyn Center residents. The United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) and the Jerusalem Foundation acted as the mediators between the "Manchester Group" and the project. With additional funds from the Jerusalem Municipality, the UJIA-England, the National Insurance Institute, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Albert Beresin Trust, the Shalem Foundation, the Jerusalem Foundation and Elwyn Israel, they raised the sum of $1 million needed to fund the project. None of these donors, including the municipality, would give specific details regarding their part in the funding. Walking past the exhibits, Victor Marks, one of the primary donors, marvels at the facilities, "You should have seen what was here 11 months ago. The land was sloped and wild. I never imagined that it would become this." Hesitant at first, the donors slowly let their hair down and begin to play as they tour the garden. A donor and an official shake hands through a contraption of beaded material. Another donor plucks rubber bands as if they were guitar strings, while others watch their hands magnify and distort through mirrors and glass. Sister Hannah inquisitively smells the boxes in the smelling corner. The Manson family resides in Manchester, England. Asked why they chose a project in Jerusalem to commemorate their daughter, the father explains, "We were looking for an appropriate project. Jerusalem holds a special place for Jews." In addition to the name and the plaque, the garden hosts one more physical association with Katie - the Katie Rose, which will be imported by the Jerusalem Foundation and planted in the garden to maintain, Gordon explains, the close relationship between the garden and the memory. The Manson family, parents Jonny and Avril and siblings Lauren, Edward and Hannah, all describe their daughter and sister, Katie, with great fondness and sad smiles. "She was uninhibited and so friendly," recalls Avril. Seeming to find that the adjectives are not doing her justice, Jonny adds, "When we were sitting 'shiva' (the week of mourning), people turned up from everywhere. Her presence was felt everywhere she went. Friends and teachers from the local college, the shopkeeper from the grocery store on the corner. She had a unique atmosphere." They decline to discuss Katie in more detail, saying that they are "not a morbid family. We have a positive approach and an instinct to help." Sister Hannah says that she is pleased that they have been able to turn their grief into something positive and Gordon adds that the family prefers to discuss their current joy at what the garden will bring for those that will use it. Concludes Avril, "We wanted to build something not only in her name, but also in her merit."

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