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general Lowndes County information.

Columbus information. [August 2005]

Jewish Community history and photos. [January 2009]

B'nai Israel history and photographs. "B’nai Israel was a regional congregation, attracting Jews from nearby towns like West Point, Starkville, Aberdeen, and Macon.  As a result, the congregation was always larger than the Columbus Jewish community.  In 1905, an estimated 75 Jews lived in Columbus, though as elsewhere this small population had a high visibility due to their concentration in retail trade." [January 2009]

Congregation B'nai Israel - Reform, 717 Second Avenue North Columbus, Mississippi 39701 Tel: 662-329-5038 / [August 2005] "In Columbus, Mississippi, where German and Alsatian Jews were already settling by the 1830s, the local Jewish community organized congregation B'nai Israel perhaps as early as 1845, and it purchased a cemetery in 1850." [Source: American Jewish Archives.

1919 Jewish population was 52 according to "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 Comm. and submitted by Alan Hirschfeld


B'nai Israel Cemetery: in Friendship Cemetery: 4th St S And 13th Ave. Covenant Cemetery: 1300 Fourth Street South

Burial list. [January 2009]

Quite a number of Jews lived here dating back to the Civil War when Friendship was established. As far as I know, the Jewish area of this cemetery is still maintained. Source: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Rather than buying their own cemetery, they purchased plots in the city’s Friendship Cemetery. [January 2009]

history. This cemetery was the site of the first Memorial Day celebration on April 25, 1866. [August 2005]

1845; active; by Turitz book. Source: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Historic Preservation & Planning Consulting, P.O. Box 5877 Shreveport, LA 71135-5877.

The Jewish section is located within Friendship Cemetery at the intersection of Soldiers Row and Dogwood Street. Although surrounded by non-Jewish graves, the Jewish section is separated by a brick wall that is only a few inches high. The section itself is called COVENANT CEMETERY. Michael Friedman.[Mar 2014]

burial list and photos. [Mar 2014]



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