Knesses Israel Cemetery

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Knesses Israel Cemetery

Also known as Temple Beth-El Cemetery

Location
320 11th Court North
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, 35204 USA
Phone 205-969-5913
Memorials 1,657 added (73% photographed)

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The Knesseth Israel and Beth-El Cemetery, also known as Cemetery Knesses Israel, is a cemetery founded in 1890 by the Knesseth Israel Congregation on land donated by Temple Emanu-El adjoining its own Northside Cemetery on 11th Court North in the Enon Ridge neighborhood. The cemetery has over 1,600 burials and few remaining plots.
When Temple Beth-El split from Knesseth Israel in 1908, the congregations maintained a joint cemetery association and Chevra Kadisha society, which prepares the dead for burial. That partnership was strained when Beth-El formally joined the conservative synagogue movement in the 1940s. A lawsuit to dissolve their financial ties to the cemetery was filed, but was dropped in 1960.

The earliest graves there document a wave of Jewish immigrants who came from Eastern Europe as Jews escaped persecution in places such as the Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. Since the 1950s, most burials for the Orthodox synagogue Knesseth Israel Congregation, the conservative synagogue Temple Beth-El and the Reform synagogue Temple Emanu-El have been in Jewish sections of Elmwood cemetery.

The cemetery at 320 11th Court North, south of Tuggle Elementary School and north of Parker High School, has an old-world charm about it. On the north side, it's bordered by a cobblestone wall.

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GPS Coordinates: 33.5225, -86.8311

  • Added: 2 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #23863