|7410 Olive Blvd.|
University City (St. Louis City County)
St. Louis County
Postal Code: 63130
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
This is the most recent Jewish cemetery established in the city, primarily serving German immigrants, Holocaust survivors, and their families. The cemetery was founded in 1937 by Brith Sholom ("Covenant of Peace") with burials beginning in 1942. In 1937 a group of German-Jewish refugees formed Chevra Kadisha Ohave Shalom congregation. The group had cultural evenings, performed the ritual preparation of the dead for burial, and helped new arrivals, including survivors of the Holocaust after World War II. Religious services were held on high holy days at Berger Memorial Funeral Home, but although membership grew to a high of 1,800 members, a decision was made not to make Ohave Sholom a full synagogue. The group acquired a plot of ground measuring 88 by 91 feet from Brith Sholom in 1949. Careful maintenance is done by the staff of Chevra Kadisha Cemetery. In 1952 the Wesleyan Cemetery closed in 1952 and its site became a grocery store. Brith Sholom sold their remaining land in 1958 to the Jewish Community Centers Association, which built a large community center building that still stands today.