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HEBREW CEMETERY

Hebrew Cemetery, operated by the Hebrew Cemetery Company, has played an important role in the history of Beth Ahabah and its predecessor congregation, K.K. Beth Shalome. It is located on Shockoe Hill at Fourth and Hospital Streets, a site that was chosen in 1816 after the first cemetery of K. K. Beth Shalome, located on Franklin Street, was filled. The Franklin Street Burial Grounds, founded in 1791, was the first Jewish cemetery in Virginia and continues to be maintained by the Hebrew Cemetery Company. Hebrew Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register in 2006.

The cemetery gates are open Sunday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by arrangement with the Temple office. A security guard also is present on the first and third Sundays of each month from noon until 3:00 p.m.

Call the Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives at 804-353-2668 for information about historical tours.

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CONFEDERATE SECTION

The Soldiers’ Section of Hebrew Cemetery is the only Jewish military cemetery in the United States, and one of the few outside of Israel. Thirty Jewish Confederate soldiers were buried in a self-contained section during the course of the Civil War. Shortly after the war, the Hebrew Ladies’ Memorial Association took over care of the graves, erecting grave markers, holding memorial services and erecting an ornamental iron fence depicting muskets, crossed swords and sabers – with a flat Confederate soldier’s cap adorning the top of the fence posts. In the 1950s, the decaying tombstones were removed and replaced with a bronze plaque listing the names of the soldiers affixed to a large granite stone.


The Hebrew Cemetery is centrally located in Richmond’s historic Fan District. Parking is readily available in the deck that Congregation Beth Ahabah shares with St. James’s Episcopal Church, located directly across from the Temple campus.

From the Temple: Continue east on West Franklin Street. Cross over Belvidere Street (Rt. 1). Continue several blocks and turn left on N. Adams Street. After several blocks, take a right on W. Leigh Street.  Turn left on N. 3rd Street, and continue on it as it changes into N. 5th Street.  Take a left onto Hospital Street, and Hebrew Cemetery will be on your right.

From Downtown: From Main Street or Broad Street, head north on N. Adams Street. After several blocks, take a right on W. Leigh Street.  Turn left on N. 3rd Street, and continue on it as it changes into N. 5th Street.  Take a left onto Hospital Street, and Hebrew Cemetery will be on your right.

From the West: Take I-64 East. I-64 East will merge with I-95 South. Take the 3rd Street exit. From 3rd Street turn left at the next intersection onto Jackson Street. Travel 1 block on Jackson to 4th Street and turn left. Continue on 4th Street underneath I-64/I-95.Turn left at the light onto Hospital Street. The older section of Hebrew Cemetery will be on your immediate right, the newer section on your left.

From the North: Take I-95 South. I-95 South will merge with I-64 East. Take the 3rd Street exit. From 3rd Street turn left at the next intersection onto Jackson Street. Travel 1 block on Jackson to 4th Street and turn left. Continue on 4th Street underneath I-64/I-95.Turn left at the light onto Hospital Street. The older section of Hebrew Cemetery will be on your immediate right, the newer section on your left.

From the East: Take I-64 West toward Downtown Richmond. As you reach Downtown Richmond take the 5th Street exit. Proceed south on 5th one block to Jackson Street and turn right. Take the next right onto 4th Street. Continue on 4th Street underneath I-64/I-95.Turn left at the light onto Hospital Street. The older section of Hebrew Cemetery will be on your immediate right, the newer section on your left.

From the South: Take the Powhite Parkway north. After crossing the James River continue on I-195 North. Take I-64 East. Take the 3rd Street exit. From 3rd Street turn left at the next intersection onto Jackson Street. Travel 1 block on Jackson to 4th Street and turn left. Continue on 4th Street underneath I-64/I-95.Turn left at the light onto Hospital Street. The older section of Hebrew Cemetery will be on your immediate right, the newer section on your left.

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CEMETERY DATABASE:
BURIAL RECORDS OF JEWISH CEMETERIES IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA

This database – made possible in part by a grant from the Genesis Fund of the Richmond Jewish Foundation, is based on information provided by area congregations and cemetery managers, and is as accurate as the data they have recorded over the years. Our hope is that our database will, at least, be useful in providing clues that will open additional doors ingenealogical research. If ‘Yes’ appears in the last column of the data on an individual, it indicates that there is additional information in the Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives. All information in the database is the exclusive property of the Museum & Archives and the providing organizations, and may not be reproduced in any form without express written permission.

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