|NACHITOCHES: (Nachitoches Parish)|
B’nai Israel Sons of Israel Synagogue founded 1871."A member of a wealthy family and a first cousin of future senator Judah P. Benjamin, Hyams speculated in valuable real estate throughout Natchitoches and served as the parish’s surveyor and civil engineer starting in 1837. Ten years later, Hyams donated an acre of land for a Jewish cemetery to be used by “both resident and non-resident members of the Jewish Community.” [January 2009] http://www.isjl.org/history/archive/la/natchitoches.htm
1919 Jewish population was 25 according to Alan Hirschfeld's submission 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.
See The Natchitoches Cemeteries: Transcriptions of Gravestones from the Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries in Northwest Louisiana by Prud'homme and Christensen. New Orleans, Louisiana: Polyanthos Press, 1977.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~lanatchi/Jewish.htm has burial listings.
A trust fund set up in 1967 has ensured the upkeep of this verdant and scenic cemetery, an homage to the town’s illustrious Jewish heritage. http://www.isjl.org/history/archive/la/natchitoches.htm [January 2009]
Burial list. [January 2009]
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