Jewish Cemeteries in Los Angeles

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JEWISH CEMETERIES IN LOS ANGELES

(in alphabetical order)

Compiled by Sonia Hoffman

 

 

 

                                           JEWISH CEMETERIES IN LOS ANGELES

                                                                             

AGUDATH ACHIM CEMETERY

1022 S. Downey Road

Los Angeles, CA  90023

(323) 653-8886

Owned and Operated by Chevra Kadisha Mortuary – (323) 653-8886.

Opened in 1919, based on first burial.

Congregation formed around 1903 (Vorspan & Gartner, History of the Jews of Los Angeles), incorporated 1908.

Approximately 2,500 burials. Database of burials donated by JGSLA to JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Register.

 

BETH DAVID CEMETERY

Became part of Home of Peace in the 1950s.

Founded about 1937, based on earliest burials.

 

BETH ISRAEL CEMETERY

1068 S. Downey Road

Los Angeles, CA  90023

(323) 653-8886

Owned and operated by Chevra Kadisha Mortuary.

Opened in January, 1907 (according to Thomas Cohen article on “First Jewish Community Site;” purchased in 1906). 

Congregation originally formed in 1892, and in 1899 three congregations joined together; synagogue on Olive St. in 1901.

Opening date confirmed by stones, although at least one seems to be from Hebrew Benevolent Cemetery, 1902 or earlier.

Approximately 4,500 burials.

 

BETH OLAM CEMETERY OF HOLLYWOOD

900 N. Gower Street

Hollywood, CA  90038

(323) 469-2322

Formerly owned by Groman.

First burials appear to be in 1927; most date from mid-1930s.

Hollywood Memorial Park organized in 1899; Beth Olam started about 1920.

 

Beth Olam is located inside of Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery, now called Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and is organized as a Jewish section of the larger cemetery.  The records are combined with that of Hollywood Memorial Park. It is also one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Los Angeles.

 

Hollywood Forever Cemetery has a feature called “Lifestories,” which are basically online multimedia presentations about those who are buried there. Click on the “About Lifestories” tab to see the Lifestories.

 

You can search the index of existing Lifestories online to see if someone has created one about someone you know. Also, the cemetery will help you create a “basic” one for free. Naturally, more complex Lifestories involve a fee. The web site is

http://www.forevernetwork.com/

 

EDEN MEMORIAL PARK

11500 Sepulveda Boulevard

Mission Hills, CA  91340

(818) 361-7161

Opened in 1954; privately owned.

 

HILLSIDE MEMORIAL PARK

6001 Centinela Avenue

Los Angeles, CA  90045

(800) 576-1994; www.hillsidememorial.com

Opened in 1941.

Owned by Temple Israel of Hollywood.

 

HOME OF PEACE

4334 Whittier Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA  90023

(323) 261-6135

Owned and operated by Rose Hills; formerly owned by the Wilshire Boulevard Temple (Congregation B’nai B’rith).

Opened in current location in 1902; original Jewish cemetery founded 1855.

Approximately 50,000 burials. (Database of burials through 1955 in hard copy prepared by the Southern California Genealogical Society; available in the library collection of JGSLA at LDS Family History Center in Westwood.)

 

Home of Peace is the successor to the first Jewish cemetery in Los Angeles.  Originally founded as the cemetery of the Hebrew Benevolent Society in 1855 in Chavez Ravine at Lookout Dr. and Lilac Terrace, it was moved to its current location in 1902.  The remains of the 360 Jews buried in the old cemetery were moved between 1902 and 1910.

 

A monument at the site of the original cemetery contains a plaque reading:

FIRST JEWISH SITE IN LOS ANGELES

The Hebrew Benevolent Society of Los Angeles

(1854), first charitable organization in the

city, acquired this site by deed on April 9,

1855 from the City Council for a sacred burial

ground. This property represented the first

organized community effort by the pioneer

Jewish settlers.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 822

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks

And Recreation in cooperation with the Jewish

Federation-Council of Greater Los Angeles

September 29, 1968

 

MOUNT CARMEL CEMETERY

6506 E. Gage Avenue

City of Commerce, CA  90040

(323) 653-8886

Opened in 1931

Owned by Chevra Kadisha Mortuary.

Formerly owned by Glassband. Started by Chevra Chesed Shel Emeth (Jewish Free Burial Society) & Groman & Glassband, according to Mort Silverman.

 

MOUNT OLIVE CEMETERY

7231 E. Slauson Avenue

Los Angeles, CA  90040

(323) 721-4729

Opened in 1948, based on stones.

According to Mort Silverman (of Malinow & Silverman), started by Groman & Chevra Chesed Shel Emeth.

 

MOUNT SINAI MEMORIAL PARK

5950 Forest Lawn Drive

Los Angeles, CA  90068

(800) 600-0076

Opened in 1953

Owned by Sinai Temple.

This is one of Los Angeles' newer and largest Jewish cemeteries.  It is located adjacent to Forest Lawn Cemetery, Hollywood Hills, formerly Jewish section of Forest Lawn, originally run by Ben Dwoskin.

 

MOUNT SINAI MEMORIAL PARK - SIMI VALLEY

6150 Mount Sinai Dr.

Simi Valley, CA 93063

(800) 220-6776

Opened March 16, 1997.

Owned by Sinai Temple

 

MOUNT ZION CEMETERY

1030 S. Downey Road

Los Angeles, CA  90068

Opened in August, 1916, based on burial dates in books and stones.

Operated by Jewish Federation Council, maintenance by Home of Peace.

Approximately 6,700 burials; Database prepared by JGSLA donated to JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry.

First appears in city directories in 1918.

Founded by Chevra Chesed Shel Emeth, organized February 7, 1909 for the purpose of providing “proper burial for orthodox Jews.” (Thomas Cohen article and American Jewish Yearbook).

Officers in 1920 were Charles Groman, president, and Louis Glassband, secretary.  (American Jewish Yearbook, 1920).

 

 

SHOLOM MEMORIAL PARK

13017 N. Lopez Canyon Road

San Fernando, CA  91342

(818) 899-5216

Opened in 1951

 

YOUNG ISRAEL CEMETERY

13622 Curtis & King Road

Norwalk, CA  90650

(213) 653-8886

Owned by Chevra Kadisha Mortuary.

·   Opened in 1938.

·   Approximately 500 burials.

Congregation formerly known as “Houston Street Shul” (Mort Silverman).

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