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GENERAL: A preliminary report on pioneer Jewish cemeteries and
communities of the California Mother Lode; Levinson, Robert E.;
Oakland, Calif., Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish
Cemeteries and Landmarks, Magnes Memorial Museum,c1964. F870.J5 L4

Somewhere around the late 1800s, the city of San Francisco decided
that no further burials would take place in the city and they
assigned all burials for the area to a town called Colma, about 10
miles or so south of the city. Those buried in the city could
remain there, but all new burials had to take place in Colma. A
few years later, the city fathers backed off from that position and
decided that everyone had to go; i.e., remains had to be relocated
to Colma. This was an expensive city and there was little room to
be spent on corpses. So the Jewish cememteries, like all others,
began relocations. How many bodies actually got moved (as opposed
to stones, all of which were moved) is a matter of conjecture. In
heavy rains, old cemetery locations in San Francisco proper wash up
human remains, particularly those areas where the Chinese
immigrants were buried.

Records of the moving were not great. It is, occasionally, hard to
find a reposing soul. So SF is not the easiest place in the world
to find the stone (read: grave) of a deceased ancestor. Anyone
planning on doing so is advised to allow for several days of
research at the 4 large Jewish cemeteries in Colma.

During the gold rush, Jewish cemeteries were also established in
the mining towns of Tuolemne, Mokulemne, etc. These languished
for many years as the Jewish populations of these towns went to
zero, but recent research has turned up the location of several,
all of which have been restored.

Information on these cemeteries is available from the Judah Magnes
museum in Berkeley, CA.


The following four cemeteries were used during the days of the gold
rush. Recently, all were restored to good condition following
years of abandonment. A pamphlet about these cemeteries, their
rediscovery, and locations was available from the Judah Magnes
Museum in Berkeley, Ca.

Sonora: Near Yosemite National Park on route 108. Nearest large city is
Stockton, approx. 40 miles west on 108/120.

Cemetery identified as "Jewish Cemetery" on AAA map of Sonora.
Entrance from Oak Street on Yaney Avenue. Is within walking
distance of court house.

Jackson: Approximately 40 miles NW of Sonora. Nearest large city is
Sacramento, approx. 40 miles nw on route 16.

Cemetery identified on AAA map of Jackson. Entrance on an unpaved
road off North Main Street near Serbian Orthodox Church.

Mokelumne Hill: Approximately 10 mi. se of Jackson, approx. equidistant
from both Sacramento and Stockton.

Entrance off route 49 after leaving city limits of Mokelumne Hill.
Enter Mikelumne Hill Protestant Cemtery. Jewish cemetery beyond.

Placerville: Approximately 30 miles east of Sacramento on US 50.
Cemetery identified on AAA map of Placerville. Exit US 50 on Canal
Street to Wentworth Way.

Since the research which identified these old and abandoned
Jewish cemeteries, at least two others have been found, one
in genuine uninhabited wilderness, though not so remote from
civilization as to preclude occasional use. Research still
continuing in this little known aspect of Jewish/American
histroy; i.e., the role played by Jews during the gold rush
of the late 1800s in California.

San Jose: old cemetery
Yreka: old cemetery

The above submitted by Dan Leeson ([email protected])

The following Jewish cemeteries are located in the Boyle Heights
area of Los Angeles:

Home of Peace Agudath Achim
4334 Whittier Boulevard 1022 S. Downey Road
Los Angeles, CA 90023 Los Angeles, CA 90023
(213) 776-1931 (213) 653-8886
Opened in 1902 Opened in 1896

Beth Israel Cemetery Mount Zion Cemetery
1068 S. Downey Road 1068 S. Downey Road
Los Angeles, CA 90023 Los Angeles, CA 90068
(213) 653-8886 (213) 852-1234
Opened in 1896 Opened in 1896

While not exactly in Boyle Heights, two other east Los Angeles
cemeteries are:

Mount Carmel Cemetery Mout Olive Cemetery
6506 E. Gage Avenue 7231 E. Slauson Avenue
City of Commerce, CA 90040 Los Angeles, CA 90040
(213) 653-8886 (213) 721-4729 or 208-7511

Green Hills Memorial Park
27501 Western Ave.
San Pedro, Calif.
The Jewish area here is used by Temple Beth El (reform), 7th St.,
San Pedro and Beth Ami? (conservative). Less than 10 years old.

Cemetery: Temple Beth El, Home of Peace
Address: 401 Meder, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Telephone: 408-479-3444
Hours: Always Open
Contact: Arnold Levine
Date founded: 1876
Date chartered: 1876-7
Date closed: not closed
Approximate size (acres): 2.5
Approximate number of burials: 185
Approximate number of Jewish burials: 175
Afflilated temple: Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Rd, Aptos, CA,
408-479-3444 (office closed Mondays)
Physical condition of cemetery: excellent
Stones legigble: yes
Vandalism: minor
Financial condition: unknown
Mortuaries associated: none
Information acquired by Bill Firestone
Information obtained from Arnold Levine, 8/1/93

Details of burials available on another file (ending lst) but that
is in WP only. It will be available for phase 2.

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