RICHMOND: Chesterfield County Print

"Richmond Reference: Ezekiel, Herbert T. and Gaston Lichtenstein. The History of the Jews of Richmond from 1769 to 1917. 1917 - Reference Beth Ahaba, cust. Richmond, Virginia. Book lists epitaphs, from stones in the cemetery. http://www.cvco.org/tourism/histrich/jews.html [January 2001]:

Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives, 1109 W. Franklin St. "Features artifacts of international, national and local Jewish life and history. Highlight is a cornerstone from a German synagogue burned during the 1939 "Kristalnacht." Hours: Sunday and Monday 10 am - 3 pm; Tuesday and Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm; Thursday 10 am - 2 pm. Free but donations welcome. Telephone: (804) 353-2668."

Beth Torah Cemetery: 1/60. Found in Werth Indexes, AJA. American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2488. 513-221-1875 (tel); 513-221-7812 (fax). E-mail: AJA contact form. (Opened 1950); Beth Torah Cemetery belonged to an Orthodox synagogue that no longer exists. Kol Emes is one congregation that uses this cemetery. Source: Alan Grandis of Richmond 804-741-8289. no e-mail.

UPDATE: The cemetery is now owned and operated by Congregation Kol Emes. Source: Bruce Selznick, President, Congregation Kol Emes at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

UPDATE: Beth Torah Cemetery is NOT owned and operated by Congregation Kol Emes; there is a separate, independent corporation which owns and operates the cemetery. Source: Bruce Selznick, Treasurer. Beth Torah Cemetery Corporation. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it [March 2005]

Forest Lawn: Beth-El, Sections "I", "II", "III", "IV", "V"(reserved), "VI"(reserved), 4/735. Found in Werth Indexes, AJA. American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2488. 513-221-1875 (tel); 513-221-7812 (fax). E-mail: AJA contact form>.

Greenwood Memorial Cemetery: Star of David Section, 1/30. Found in Werth Indexes, AJA. American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2488. 513-221-1875 (tel); 513-221-7812 (fax). E-mail: AJA contact form.

Hebrew Confederate Cemetery: a.k.a. Shockoe Hill Cemetery is a segment of the Hebrew cemetery set aside for Confederate dead of the Civil War and is fenced separately with very unique ironwork and grillwork commemorating weapons used in that conflict. Rachel Levy dedicated the site in 1866. She was the daughter of Dr. Moses A. Levy, an important figure, in the Texas revolution against Mexico, himself now buried in Matagorda, TX. Erected by Hebrew Ladies Memorial Assoc., Richmond, Va. Organized 1866. Hebrew Cemetery 21334. Source: Al Rosenfield, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

JOWBR burial listings [July 2011]

"Also in Cemeteries of the US by Deborah M. Burek, ed. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Int., 1994. ISBN 0-8103-9245-3. 1884. Hebrew Cemetery Constitution and by-laws in Small Collections, AJA. American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2488. 513-221-1875 (tel); 513-221-7812 (fax). E-mail: AJA contact form.

For a list of Jewish soldiers killed during the Civil War and buried in Chattanooga, TN; Richmond, Viginia; Elmira, NY; Andersonville, GA; and Louisiana, see a list compiled by Melvin Young. Chattanooga, Tennessee; July 1987 in Miscellaneous file; Source: Werth Indexes, AJA. American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2488. 513-221-1875 (tel); 513-221-7812 (fax). E-mail: AJA contact form.

"The Hebrew Confederate cemetery on Shockoe Hill in Richmond, Virginia, is the only Jewish military cemetery in the world outside the state of Israel." Plaque in cemetery with names of soldiers buried there reads: 'TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THE HEBREW CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS RESTING IN THIS HALLOWED SPOT [List of names] ERECTED BY HEBREW LADIES MEMORIAL ASSOC. RICHMOND, VA. ORGANIZED 1866." Source: http://www.jewish-history.com/shockoe.htm Site includes pictures and names of those buried there.

Another burial list: January 2009

1817 Hebrew Cemetery at Fourth and Hospital Streets (above Shockoe Cemetery). Sections "A", "B", "C", "D", "E", "F", "G", 15/2,606. Found in Werth Indexes, AJA. American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2488. 513-221-1875 (tel); 513-221-7812 (fax). E-mail: AJA contact form.

One of the oldest cemeteries still in use, Hebrew Cemetery is on Fifth Street and can be seen from I64 as you approach Richmond, just before the downtown exit and intersection with I95. Said to have some markers from Old Franklin St. Burying Ground (see above), this is the only Jewish Military cemetery outside Israel. "Old Burying Ground: Franklin Street Papers and correspondence relating to. See: Ezekiel, Jacob; Source: Werth Indexes, AJA. American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2488. 513-221-1875 (tel); 513-221-7812 (fax). E-mail: AJA contact form. Postal & Koppman. Jewish Tourist's Guide to U.S. Phila., PA: Jewish Publ. Soc., 1954, p. 631". Source: Dr. Leonard Spialter, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

"Believed to be the first Jewish cemetery in Virginia, this small enclosure on south side of Franklin St., west of 21st dates from 1791-1817. Established in 1791 by Isaiah Isaacs for early German and Dutch Jewish settlers associated with Beth Shalome, by the Civil War, most of the graves had been moved to the newer Hebrew Cemetery established in 1817 at Fourth and Hospital streets (above Shockoe Cemetery). By 1816, this cemetery must have been full because a new cemetery plot was acquired on Shockoe Hill (adjacent to the Shockoe Hill Cemetery at Fourth and Hospital Streets), later known as Hebrew Cemetery. [see above] "Gradually the first Jewish cemetery in Virginia became neglected; when Franklin Street was paved, the road surface was elevated, and the cemetery was 4 feet below grade. Shortly after the Civil War, the monuments were laid flat and the plot filled with dirt." A reporter for the Richmond Dispatch wrote in the May 12, 1866 edition concerning the Franklin Street cemetery: [It is] "a vacant lot, overrun with rank weeds and grass, showing the track of wagons and bearing the hoof marks of horses, and which is washed into deep ruts and gullies by the rains of many a season. Hundreds of persons pass it by daily, and if they think of it at all, it is as a piece of waste land, most unaccountably allowed to remain in a useless and neglected condition." This condition continued for 40 years. The filled-in cemetery site was first a blacksmith shop, then as a coal yard. In 1909, the cemetery was fenced in and properly commemorated. In 1955, the cemetery was reconsecrated as part of the celebration of 300 years of Jewish life in America." Source: Jews of Richmond: http://www.cvco.org/tourism/histrich/jews.html

Congregation Beth Ahaba: Letter from Sol L. Bloomberg to Jacob Ezekiel of Cincinnati, Ohio, concerning the latter's interest in obtaining title to an old Jewish burial ground in Richmond, VA. July 5, 1897; proposal to place the archives of Congregation Beth Ahaba, Richmond, VA in the James Branch Cabel Library of Virginia, Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA n. d.; and a speech by Mrs. Eve Freedlander, Richmond, VA, Feb. 15, 1976. Histories file; Source: Werth Indexes, AJA. American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2488. 513-221-1875 (tel); 513-221-7812 (fax). E-mail: AJA contact form.

Hollywood Cemetery: Book: McBlair, Virginia Myers Papers, 1818-1894. Description: .25 linear ft. (ca. 265 items). Notes: Virginia Myers McBlair, wife and mother, was born ca. 1821-1823 in Pensacola, Florida, and died ca. 1893-1896 in Virginia. She married (1843) William McBlair of Maryland, a commander in the U.S. Navy, who was a part of the Confederate Navy as of 1861. He died (1863) while commanding the C.S.S. ATLANTA. Letters and notes are to Virginia McBlair from her mother Louisa Marx Myers concerning family, home, religion (the Marx and Myers were Jewish), …. Given by Virginia William Burton, a great-granddaughter of Virginia and William McBlair, 1971. Source: Virginia Myers McBlair Papers, Special Collections Department, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University. Related collections of Myers Family Papers are located at the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio (see NUCMC MS6867), and the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia (see NUCMC MS612707). Subject: Hollywood Cemetery Company (Richmond, Va.), Funeral sermons, Jewish. Location: Special Collections Department, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322. Control No.: GAER91-A30 [December 2000]

Oakwood Hebrew Cemetery Sections "I", "II", 3/651. Found in Werth Indexes, AJA. American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2488. 513-221-1875 (tel); 513-221-7812 (fax). E-mail: AJA contact form.: Chimbaraza and 34th Street: Contact: Mr. Harris Griff; 4907 Monumental St, Richmond, Virginia 23226 Oakwood Hebrew Cemetery in Richmond is next to the Oakwood Cemetery. Source: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sir Moses Montefiore Cemetery: 5/1,001. Found in Werth Indexes, AJA. American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2488. 513-221-1875 (tel); 513-221-7812 (fax). E-mail: AJA contact form. Jennie Scher Blvd.; contact: Harris Griff, 4907 Monumental St., Richmond, Virginia 23226 (Member of the Chevra Kadisha) Source: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Workman's Circle Cemetery: 2/311. Found in Werth Indexes, AJA. American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2488. 513-221-1875 (tel); 513-221-7812 (fax). E-mail: AJA contact form.

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