Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois to visit historic cemetery on Aug. 11 #general


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will tour the Hebrew
Benevolent Society Cemetery at 3919 N. Clark St. in Chicago on Sunday,
Aug. 11, 2019, starting at 11 a.m.

The Hebrew Benevolent Society Cemetery is believed to be one of the
oldest existing Jewish burial grounds in the Chicago area. The first
interment occurred in 1854. The Hebrew Benevolent Society, which was
founded in 1851, owns two parts in what is often referred to as Jewish
Graceland Cemetery: gate 2: B'nai Shalom, KAM (948 burials); and gate 3:
Hebrew Benevolent Society (1,249 burials).

This tour will be led by Cathy Eiseman-Horwitz, who is co-owner of the
cemetery. She will explain the history of the cemetery and lead us
through the cemetery, visiting the graves of some of the most
significant individuals buried there.

Attendees are asked to bring folding chairs, because chairs will not be
provided for the 15-minute introductory talk.

For those coming >from the north suburbs, carpools will form in Edens
Plaza by the Walgreens at 10:15 a.m. If you can drive or would like a
ride, please email JGSI at or call 312-666-0100.

Street parking for this special event is available on Clark Street in
front of the cemetery.
The CTA Irving Park #80 bus stops at Clark, about one block >from the
gate. The Clark #22 bus runs on Clark, and the CTA Red Line Train's
Sheridan stop is about a half-mile >from the cemetery.

Several prominent people or their ancestors are buried in the Hebrew
Benevolent Society Cemetery. They include Col. Marcus Spiegel
(1829-1864), a Civil War veteran, whose family helped start the Spiegel
mail order and catalog store. Hannah Greenebaum Solomon, known as the
organizer of the National Council of Jewish Women and who was its
president >from 1893 to 1905, is buried nearby.

For more information about this special event and to RSVP, go to or phone 312-666-0100.

JGSI has indexed the records of the Hebrew Benevolent Society Cemetery
as part of the JGSI Jewish Chicago Database (JJCD), and they can be
searched at JGSI has also made these indexed
records available worldwide through JewishGen's JewishGen Online
Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR).

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois is a non-profit organization
dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the
records and history of their ancestors. JGSI is a resource for the
worldwide Jewish community to research their Chicago-area roots.

The JGSI motto is "Members Helping Members Since 1981." The group has
more than 300 members.

Monthly meetings, usually held at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road,
Northbrook, feature informative speakers as well as access to an
800-volume genealogy research library and expert volunteer genealogy
help desk. Members also have access to useful and informative online
family history research resources, including a members forum, more than
40 video recordings of past speakers' presentations, the free searchable
JGSI Jewish Chicago Database, monthly JGSI E-News, quarterly Morasha
JGSI newsletter, and much more. For more information, see

---Martin Fischer, Vice President-Publicity, Jewish Genealogical Society
of Illinois

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