Des Moines question

Trudy Barch

Happy Chanukah to all my JewishGen friends


I have found many cousins buried at the Jewish Glendale Cemetery and one spouse that says just Glendale Cemetery.

Is the Jewish part just a section of the bigger cemetery?


Are there other Jewish cemeteries or sections of cemeteries in the Des Moines area?


Thank you,   Trudy Barch, FLorida



Judith Singer

"Jewish Glendale Cemetery" refers to one area of the Glendale Cemetery, which is maintained by the City of Des Moines and is ecumenical. Other areas of Glendale are devoted to Masons, veterans, infants, etc. There's a map of Glendale Cemetery with the sections outlines at  

Jews are also buried at Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines, plus Temple B'nai Jeshurun maintains a closed inactive cemetery on the East Side of Des Moines (where Eastern European Jews originally settled in Des Moines). The City of Des Moines also maintains three smaller cemeteries in addition to Glendale and Woodland but I am not aware of any Jews buried in those other three (that doesn't mean there aren't any, just that I'm not aware of them). The Iowa Jewish Historical Society might be able to provide more information about those other three.  

Happy holidays - Judith Singer


Sarah L Meyer

There is an older cemetery on the East side of Des Moines, I am not sure exactly where, where there were burials from the Children of Israel congregation.  That congregation disbanded and the memorial plaques were in Beth El Jacob's synagogue, before they sold the building (and I am not sure that BEJ still is active).  I know that the memorial boards were given to the Iowa Jewish Historical Society for storage, until such time as BEJ has another building.  Jewish Glendale, is as was suggested a section in the city cemetery of Glendale, and there were subsections for each of the three congregations.  But I think that cemetery dates back to the 1950's.  

Trudy Barch

thank you for the answers