Jewish Graceland Cemetery was founded in 1851 by the Hebrew Benevolent Society. It is one of Chicago's oldest existing cemeteries, pre-dating Wunder's, Graceland, Rosehill and Oak Woods. It is the oldest existing Jewish cemetery in Chicago.
Originally four separate Jewish cemeteries, it was named "Hebrew Benevolent Society Cemetery". However, after the famous Graceland Cemetery opened one block north, local residents nicknamed Hebrew Benevolent "Jewish Graceland Cemetery", and the name stuck.
The first recorded burial is of a man named Isaac Rubel, who died in 1854. To date, there have been approximately 3,000 burials.
About 1/4 of the cemetery's headstones are toppled or broken due to acts of vandalism in the 1960s and 1970s, and many are too old and deteriorated to read.
Efforts have been made to restore the cemetery in recent years. In 1986, all of the legible headstones were recorded and archived by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. Their list of burial records is now available online, along with a map of the cemetery:
There is no cemetery office on site. Gates 1 and 4 are owned by Doris Weiss-Evon. Gates 2 and 3 are owned and managed by the Hebrew Benevolent Society.
Cemetery Hours: Sunday-Friday, 8 AM - 4:30 PM. Closed on Saturdays.
Fax# is available upon request
1132 Lockwood Drive
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
GPS Coordinates: 41.95309, -87.66033
- Added: 3 Jun 2001
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #536866
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