Saturday, March 19, 2011

94. Chestnut Street Jewish Cemetery

Located in the Betts-Longworth Historic District, it is also known as the Old Jewish Cemetery. In1821, Benjamin Lieb requested from his deathbed that he be buried as a Jew. Two of the six practicing Jews in Cincinnati purchased the plot of land from Nicholas Longworth for $75 and Lieb was the first burial at the cemetery. Burials stopped in 1849 after the cemetery filled due to the cholera epidemic. A gate and brick wall was added in 1873.

Chestnut Street Jewish Cemetery is the first Jewish cemetery in Cincinnati and the oldest Jewish cemetery west of the Allegheny Mountains. There are approximately 85 graves in the cemetery which was once managed by Bene Israel but since 2004 it has been managed by the non-profit organization Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati.

Chestnut Street Jewish Cemetery
Corner of Chestnut Street and Central Avenue, West End