Burial Society at Mount Hebron Flushing, Queens, NY #usa

Alva Noonan

On my father's side my grandparents, Sigmund & Rose SINDER BALTER. Rose's parents, Abraham & Dora MENDELSON SINDER. Dora's sister, Rose/Rachel MENDELSON SALASNICK & husband Max. Are all buried in Eliohu Meisels Society section.
That society/lodge is years out of existence. I have never found anything with even a clue of who or where this was and why they are buried there. It had to be a choice to bury in that section since they did it over years, 1918-1968.
One thing I have located was an Eliyahu Hayim  Meisel (1821-1912) who was The Rabbi of Lodz. Listed in YIVO encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. I don't know for sure their origins before NY in 1905. Is this a clue? Should I be searching in Lodz? If love to hear some opinions. Thanks!

Jane Foss

The admin at mt hebron has contact info re society as does NY State

Sherri Bobish


First you want to find out if the society was shtetl based.  Even if it was, people would end up with societies for many different reasons, not only because they shared a hometown with most members.

The other research you can do is to trace the original immigrants in your family via naturalization records, passenger manifests, and other records that may indicate a town of birth.

A good place to start is at the free site www.familysearch.org
There you can find all the U.S. census, large databases of passenger arrivals, and a good starting point to search for naturalization records.  WW1 draft records sometimes listed town of birth, and WW11 "old man" draft cards often have town of birth listed.

Vital records are also a good source of birthplace.


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ



The Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (New York) has a Burial Society Database Project that could be a good resource:  https://jgsny.org/searchable-databases/burial-society-databases

The Burial Society FAQ page has links for more information about burial societies that no longer exist.


Marshall Lerner

There is a treasure trove of information about  "landsmanshaftn (a mutual aid society, benefit society, or hometown society of Jewish immigrants from the same European town or region)" at Center for Jewish History in NYC. These mutual aid societies were mini B'na B'rith type organizations that maintained plots at local cemeteries in addition to offering welfare benefits to their member. Here are some helpful links for these organizations that share a common address in Manhattan:

Mt Hebron Cemetery has a searchable index on its website https://www.mounthebroncemetery.com/ that would allow you search on burial societies as well names.

Hope this helps,

Marshall Lerner
West Chester, PA

Marshall Lerner

An here's one more link to a resource that may be helpful on all manner of Jewish communal groups in NYC in the early 20th century: