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BASTROP: (Morehouse Parish) PDF Print E-mail has Jewish community history and pictures. [January 2009]

    • 1919 Jewish population was 31. Source: Alan Hirschfeld from "Directory of Jewish Local Organizations in the United States" pp. 330-583 in American Jewish Year Book 5680 (September 25, 1919 to Sept. 12, 1920) ; Volume 21, edited by Harry Schneiderman for the American Jewish Committee

The B'nai Sholom Cemetery: Located in the southern part of Bastrop, on the west/northwest side of Highway 165, this two-acre site is surrounded by a cast iron fence manufactured in Ohio (circa 1880). Elevated several feet above street grade-level, the gate is a tall, cast iron lychgate type with the words "Jewish Cemetery" in English above the entrance completed by massive decorative cast iron gateposts. The cemetery was established in 1877 for the small Jewish congregation, Temple B'nai Sholom of Bastrop. Two synagogues have stood in Bastrop, though neither building (nor the congregation itself) remains. Most of the members of the Bastrop Jewish community are buried not at B'nai Sholom Cemeter but at B'nai Israel Cemetery in nearby Monroe. Fittings from the Bastrop Temple are said to be buried in the B'nai Sholom Cemetery and a number of pieces of the marble building material are stacked along the fence, possibly pieces of the old synagogue. The cemetery contains several cypress trees and two magnificent magnolias, planted on either side of the gate. Neatly kept, maintenance is at the expense of Mr. Morton Levy of Bastrop, one of the town's few remaining Jews. There are probably several unmarked graves at B'nai Sholom Cemetery indicated in the layout of the place. Recorded by Eric J. Brock of Shreveport, Louisiana. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - April 15, 1996.

Fourteen families founded Congregation B’nai Sholom in late 1877 when the Jewish Community purchased a piece of land on which a small schoolhouse stood. In the next six months, the congregation purchased land for a cemetery. [January 2009]

Burial list [January 2009]


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