The memorial is simple, almost sparse. Three concrete benches face a fountain with six ascending bowls, and the only sound is trickling water.

But maybe visitors will hear something else, maybe the cries of six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Brandon Sigel hopes so.

Sitting on the grounds of Ner Tamid Synagogue in Poway, the memorial was designed and, with some help, built by Sigel, 15, as an Eagle Scout project. The middle bench is inscribed with the words he and his mother, Astrid, wrote: “Gone yet not forgotten, although we are apart, your spirit lives within me, forever in my heart.”

The bowls in the fountain, Sigel explained, “represent the six million who perished, and the water descending down the fountain represents life… I want this project to remind everyone how important and tragic this time was for the Jews.”

Rabbi Nadav Caine, the spiritual leader of the synagogue, said he was “inspired” when Sigel approached him for permission to build the memorial.

“It’s unusual for a teenager to actually think of others here and especially others in the past,” he said.

Brandon Sigel’s Eagle Scout project at a Poway synagogue includes a fountain and concrete benches as a remembrance of the Holocaust.

The congregation, he added, was pleasantly surprised when they noticed it, because no announcement had been made.

“They love it, and are already visiting it,” he said. “Brandon had a vision and carried it through, and all we had to do was give permission.”

Sigel, a sophomore at Temecula’s Great Oak High School and a Temecula resident, completed the project over two days in late December with his father, Jerry, other adults and a team of fellow scouts from Temecula Troop 337.

The goal, he said, “was to demonstrate the leadership and dedication I was taught through my years in Boy Scouts to benefit my synagogue. I am deeply religious and wanted to give something back to the synagogue.”

But there also was a personal motivation: A dozen or so relatives on his father’s side were among the victims at the concentration camps. When he reads of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calling the Holocaust a “lie” or a “myth,” Sigel expresses frustration.

“There are still survivors, and not all are Jewish. If another race went through that, history would be different.”

While no date has been set, Rabbi Caine said that an official dedication of the memorial will be held prior to Holocaust Remembrance Day in the spring. Inspired by the Scout slogan of “Do a good turn daily,” Sigel plans to be a pediatrician.

“I will be waking up every day, saving lives one patient at a time when I become a pediatrician,” he said.

Not surprisingly, his parents are proud of their son.

“This was a community project,” his mother said. “But we were so happy that Brandon did something that will benefit Jewish generations in the future as well as the community.”