Temple Israel Cemetery (Omaha, Nebraska)
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The cemetery comprises cemeteries for three congregations: Temple Israel Synagogue and two defunct synagogues, B'nai Jacob and Anshe Sholom.
Temple Israel Cemetery is the oldest Jewish cemetery in Nebraska. Max Meyer, Emmanuel Simon and Meyer Hellman recognized the need for a sanctified Jewish burial ground. They formed the B’nai Israel Society in March 1871, for the purpose of aiding the sick and burying the dead. In August 1871, they bought five acres for a cemetery at 42nd and Redick. The B’nai Israel Society deeded the cemetery property to the Congregation of Israel which later became Temple Israel. Chevra Bikur Cholim acquired an adjacent tract around 1885 and the Kapulier Congregation bought a tract inside Pleasant Hill shortly after the turn of the century.
Carol Gendler, in The First Synagogue in Nebraska: The Early History of the Congregation of Israel in Omaha, writes that in "July of 1871 the B'nai Israel Society purchased property at 42nd and Redick streets in Omaha for $300 for use as Pleasant Hill Cemetery."
The Temple Israel congregation owns and maintains its own cemetery along with B’nai Jacob and B’nai Shalom Cemeteries.
The Schrager Memorial Chapel at the Temple Israel Cemetery provides families an option for funerals and memorial services in a chapel setting.
The cemetery is part of the Conservative and Reform Jewish communities of Omaha. It is a medium-sized cemetery that is situated on five acres and features a long central drive that goes down a steep hill. The cemetery, along with a new front gate, was refurbished in 1999.
- Emil Brandeis, son of Jonas L. Brandeis, founder of Brandeis, who died on the Titanic - only his ashes are buried here
- Jonas L. Brandeis, who founded Brandeis, the landmark Omaha department store
- Lester Simon, from the Omaha Steaks family, who was instrumental in expanding the business into mail order via the Union Pacific Railroad
- The cemetery also has graves for Jewish soldiers and officers from Omaha who were killed in World War I, World War II, and other wars
- History of the Jews in Omaha, Nebraska
- List of cemeteries in Omaha
- History of Omaha
- Jewish cemeteries
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- "Cemetery". Temple Israel Omaha. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- Gendler, Carol (1977). "The First Synagogue in Nebraska: The Early History of the Congregation of Israel in Omaha". Nebraska History 58: 323–341. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
- "Temple Israel". Graveyards of Omaha. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Emil Brandeis". Find A Grave. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Temple Israel Cemetery - Brandeis". Graveyards of Omaha. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- Pollak, Oliver B (1982). "The Jewish Peddlers of Omaha". Nebraska History 63: 474–501. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Jonas Leopold Brandeis". Find A Grave. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Omaha Steaks Heritage Brochure". Omaha Steaks. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "War Casualties". Central High School Foundation. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
- "WWII Veterans: Memories of the Jewish Midwest (Volume 12 - Summer 2003/5763)". Nebraska Jewish Historical Society. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
- Temple Israel (Omaha, NE) - cemetery contact
- International Jewish Cemetery Project at International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS)
- JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) at JewishGen
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