The JGSNY Burial Society Database Project
In 1989, the Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (New York) began an effort to identify the names and cemetery locations of all Jewish burial society plots in the New York metropolitan area. These include plots of landsmanshaftn (home town associations), synagogues, family circles, fraternal organizations and labor unions. Today, this database contains close to 10,200 entries from almost 100 cemeteries located in New York City, Long Island, Putnam County, Westchester County, and northern New Jersey.
Explore the project!
- Search the entire database by town name or keyword
- Find location and contact information for New York area cemeteries in our Cemetery Directory.
- Get answers to key questions about cemeteries, burial societies, landsmanshaftn in our Burial Society FAQ
The project could not have been accomplished without the extraordinary efforts of Ada Green, who became Chairperson of the JGS' Cemetery Committee in early 1997. We would like to thank the many volunteers who, in addition to Ada, walked or drove around the grounds of each cemetery: Dena Abrams, Risa Axelrad, Mike Brenner, Gerry Dunsky, Les Eldridge, Estelle Guzik, Lorraine Korn, Susan Landau, Hadassah Lipsius, Madeleine Okladek, Rhea Plottel, Fred Shaw, Paul Silverstone, Art Simpson, and Lori Wenig. Additional volunteers included Debra Braverman, Syd Chazanow, Sandra Cohen, Nancy Deutsch-Sinderbrand (z"l), Joe Fibel, Mary Nahon Galgan, Steve Grossman, Eden Joachim, Susannah Juni, Barbara Khait, David Kleiman (z"l), Bob Kramer, Bob Kraus, Eli Levy, Adrienne Moumin, Gladys Paulin, Steve Rauch, Joan Sanders (z"l), Alan Shifrin, Steven Siegel (z"l), Andrew Sverdlove, and Ellen Weiss.
We welcome your assistance in providing us with the correct town or country name where it is questionable, erroneous, or missing, but only if you have personal knowledge of the society. This may be the case if you have a family member buried there or if you have memorabilia from your ancestral society (e.g. souvenir anniversary booklets). Because we are seeking the highest degree of accuracy possible, we regret that we cannot accept "I’m pretty sure" or "I think" as definitive proof of the town name for a society. In such case, we would rather keep the question mark until we receive more exact information. Please send any corrections to firstname.lastname@example.org.