OPELOUSAS: (St. Landry Parish) Print

 

http://www.isjl.org/history/archive/la/opelousas.htm has Jewish community history and photos. [January 2009]

Jewish population in 1919 was 46 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

 

Cemetery of Congregation Gemilluth Chassodim: One of two Jewish cemeteries in St. Landry Parish, the other being Hebrew Rest in Washington. The Jewish community of Opelousas and the surrounding country is small but Congregation Gemilluth Chassodim, founded just after the Civil War, continues to function. The cemetery is still active. The total population of Opelousas is about 19,000 people. Started in 1877, Gemilluth Chassodim is located in northeast Opelousas not far from I-49 and the old city market, immediately north of the Catholic Cemetery. It consists of a plot approximately one-half acre in size located at the easternmost end of Bellevue Street, one block east of Bellevue's intersection with Academy Drive. Bellevue Street dead-ends at the cemetery's gate. Several large trees are found in the cemetery; and a number of large crepe myrtles grace its northern edge. The easternmost fence is entirely overgrown with foliage and stumps of several large oaks remain. The cemetery is fenced in modern chain-link. Source: Eric J. Brock, Historic Preservation & Planning Consulting, P.O. Box 5877 Shreveport, LA 71135-5877 (318) 797-6765. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text45047 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (July 12, 1996)

In 1865, Jews in Opelousas purchased a cemetery; twelve years later they organized a congregation called Gemiluth Chassodim (“Acts of Loving Kindness”). [January 2009]

Burial list. http://www.isjl.org/history/archive/la/OpelousasJewishCemeteryList.htm [January 2009]



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