Shaarai Shomayim Cemetery

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Shaarai Shomayim Cemetery

Also known as Old Jewish Cemetery

227 East Liberty Street
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 17602 USA
Phone 717-397-5575
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This cemetery is located on the north side of East Liberty Street near the intersection of North Lime Street. It is the fourth oldest Jewish cemetery in the United States. On February 3, 1747 Isaac Nunes Henriques and Joseph Simon purchased land “to have and to hold the said piece of ground....for ever in Trust for the Society of Jews settled in and about Lancaster, to have and use the same as a burying ground”. Congregation Shaarai Shomayim was charted in 1856 and assumed the responsibility of maintaining and improving this cemetery. In 1903 the Superior Court of Pennsylvania confirmed Shaarai Shomayim as the legal successor to “the Society of Jews in and about Lancaster”. Additional land was acquired in 1910 and in 1978.


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GPS Coordinates: 40.05315, -76.30274

  • Added: 17 Mar 2008
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