Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois


JGSI Project -- JewishGen database
Hebrew Benevolent Society sections 2 & 3
(Jewish Graceland) Cemetery (burials thru 1989)
Cathy Eiseman Horwitz  or Edie Eiseman
Phone:  847-279-8115.
Mailing Address:
1132 Lockwood Drive
Buffalo Grove, IL  60089

Database contains 2,198 records from Sections 2 & 3 and 1,491 from Sections 1 and 4.

Founded in the 1850's, four sections make up the original Jewish Graceland:
Gate 1: B'nai Zion
Gate 2: B'nai Shalom (KAM)
Gate 3: Hebrew Benevolent Society
Gate 4: Chevra Kadisha
The Jewish Graceland Cemetery project began in the 1980s. Norman Schwartz provided the early inspiration, essential guidance, and much of the original work. JGSI volunteers spent many hours at the cemetery recording gravestone information and locations. This information was indexed and recorded in an off-line database which has helped many people over the years.

The North section (Gate 1) and the South section (Gate 4) are owned by Doris Weiss-Evon and the two center sections (Gates 2 & 3) are owned by the Hebrew Benevolent Society. Maps of the cemetery are being prepared to aid you when you visit the cemetery at 3919 North Clark Street in Chicago.

Jewish Graceland Cemetery:
Hebrew Benevolent Society Sections 2 & 3

Gate 2 Section # Row ## Lot #  
Gate 3 Section # Row ## Lot #  

In 2005, JGSI initiated a project to make the previously indexed records available worldwide through JewishGen’s "JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry" (JOWBR). This process will soon be completed for Gates 2 & 3. If you need information now, please e-mail us at:

Julie Levin has directed the 2005 effort with help from Norman Schwartz, Mike Karsen, Michael Tarkoff, and Sandy Pakin. Mark Mandle was instrumental in the early days of this project and has written a history of the cemetery.

We are especially grateful to Howard Eiseman and The Hebrew Benevolent Society of Chicago for their support of this project. We continue to work on this project and have future phases planned. If you have information about Jewish Graceland’s history or about people buried there, please share it with us. To help us with the above items or other inquiries, e-mail us at

Julie Levin
Jewish Graceland Coordinator

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