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Also see Hueytown

1919 Jewish population was 110 according to "Directory of Jewish Local Organizations in the United States", pp. 330-583, American Jewish Year Book 5680 September 25,1919 to Sept. 12, 1920; vol. 21, edited by Harry Schneiderman for the American Jewish Committee and submitted by Alan Hirschfeld

DEFUNCT SYNAGOGUE: Congregation Beth-El, not to be confused with the one in Birmingham, is defunct (since mid-1970s). Birmingham's cemetery still used is located in Hueytown (another Birmingham suburb). Source: Larry Brook, Deep South Jewish Voice, Birmingham, AL..[June 2001] (The congregation calling itself Beth El Shaddai is a Christian Messianic movement.)

Southern Jewish History Journal Volume 3 (2000) : A Shtetl Grew in Bessemer Temple Beth-El and Jewish Life in Small Town Alabama" by Terry Barr. by Terry Barr (Southern Jewish History, Volume 3, 2000).

Jewish history of Bessemer and Birmingham. [January 2009]

There is a close historical connection between this cemetery and community and the larger Jewish community in nearby Birmingham, AL.

  • Beth El Cemetery: Township 19 South Range 4 West Section 5.  19th Street at 20th Ave
    • Cemetery is located in the western quarter of the intersection of 19th Street and 26th Avenue. Directions Go west on 19th Street from Interstate 59’s 19th Street exit (in Bessemer) approximately 1mile. Turn left at the intersection with 26th Avenue. The cemetery gate is almost immediately on the right (west) side of 26th Avenue. January 2009]
    • burial list. 85 markers with oldest gravestone (child) dating from 1903. [January 2009]
    • burial list and photos. [Mar 2-14]
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