VICKSBURG: Warren County Print

Jewish Community history and photos. [January 2009]

information about the Jewish community. "To prevent another historic Jewish landmark from being converted to secular use, the remaining congregants at Natchez's Temple B'nai Israel, roughly 10 families, have deeded their house of worship to the Utica-based Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience. The synagogue will become part of the museum when there are not enough active members left to support it. Most are elderly; the youngest are in their 50s."  [August 2005]

Institute for Southern Jewish Life. [August 2005]

Anshe Chesed: "In 1841, they formed a congregation described in the local newspaper as the “Hebrew Benevolent Congregation of the Men of Mercy.”  The congregation was formally incorporated in 1862 as “Anshe Chesed” (People of Loving Kindness).  They dedicated their first synagogue in 1870." Source [January 2009] More history and photos.

general Warren County information. [August 2005]

1 active and 1 inactive cemetery as of November 1940 [See Turitz book mentioned at main MS page.

Anshe Chesed Cemetery: Anshe Chesed: 2414 Grove St. Vicksburg, Mississippi, 39180, next to Temple Anshe Chesed. Located at the eastern end of Grove St., at the dead-end in the middle of the Vicksburg Battlefield, near the Visitor's Center.

Burial list-A-L: [January 2009]

Burial list L-Z: [January 2009]

Established about 1860 when some graves were moved to Anshe Chesed from an earlier cemetery, whose location is unknown, but was probably somewhere in the current Vicksburg downtown area. Used by congregation Anshe Chesed. Contact person: Richard Marcus, Marcus Furniture (601) 636-7531. Mr. Marcus has a reasonably complete listing of burials for the 500 - 1000 graves. Perhaps about 25 burials have occurred since 1986 in this all-Jewish cemetery. Sources: David Chapin, 3312 Gary Dr., Plano, TX 75023-1120; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and Dan Orzech This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Anshe Chessed is listed as dating from 1841 in the National Register of Historic Places. Source Eric J. Brock, Historic Preservation & Planning Consulting, P.O. Box 5877 Shreveport, LA 71135-5877.

The Henry Jacobs Museum has regional historical information and locations of many more burial grounds. Source: Dan Orzech This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Congregation Anshe Chesed documents exist in (AJA) American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2488; phone (513) 221-1875: listing of the persons interred in the congregation's cemetery as of Feb 1986. Small Collections and Letter from Julien D. Saks to Malcom H. Stern describing visits to cemeteries at Vicksburg, MI, Natchitoches, LA and Monroe, LA, including tombstone inscriptions. Houston, TX. 1960. SC-8702 and Microfilm No. 3002.

    • Located next to Temple Anshe Chesed. Located at the eastern end of Grove St., at the dead-end in the middle of the Vicksburg Battlefield, near the Visitor's Center. The cemetery land was where the Second Texas Lunette fought the Union during the 1863 Siege of Vicksburg. The Kierskys sold the land to the Jewish community in 1864.Two rabbis are buried here. Bernard Gotthelf was a chaplain for Union soldiers, and died in the 1878 Yellow Fever epidemic while ministering to the community. One-third of the congregation ‹46 Jews> died in the epidemic. Herman Bien was rabbi in Vicksburg for 10 years but retired to pursue other interests. He applied for the vacant pulpit in Birmingham in 1895, but upon learning he would not get the job (Temple Emanu-El hired Morris Newfield, who served the congregation for 45 years), he killed himself in his hotel room. There are six Jewish Confederate veterans buried here, including Philip Sartorious, the first Confederate soldier wounded in the siege. Source: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,  [May 2005]

 

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