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Hopkins Street Cemetery Cleanup

Sunday, June 2, 2024 25 Iyar 5784

1:00 PM - 3:00 PMHopkins Street Cemetery

Congregation Ahabath Emuno purchased an acre of land located at the intersection of Hopkins and Chambers Streets at a cost of $1,200 in 1854. Some Jews were buried on this ground as early as 1847. Congregations Imanu-Al and Anshe Emeth also agreed to bury their members at this cemetery as a final resting place. When B’ne Jeshurun was established in 1856, they took over management of the cemetery and changed the name to Hopkins Street Cemetery. The last recorded burial was in 1888.

A number of graves were relocated in 1896 when a portion of the property was condemned by the City of Milwaukee to widen Chambers Street. Some bodies were moved to another section of the cemetery and others were relocated, mostly to Greenwood Cemetery. Records show 87 bodies are still buried at the cemetery.

At the time of the merger of Emanu-El and B’ne Jeshurun in 1927, one of the articles of the agreement stipulated that the Hopkins Street Cemetery be preserved. In 1980, the Board of Trustees appropriated a substantial sum of money to refurbish and maintain the cemetery. All of the headstones remaining were placed in one grave, the grounds were landscaped and on May 28, 1981 a memorial service was held, rededicating the cemetery as an event of the 125th Anniversary renaming it “Shaarei Tzedek.”

Our congregation is reaching out to our members to participate in cleaning up Hopkins Street Cemetery on Sunday, May 26. This event will begin at 1:00 pm.


Please bring weed wackers, chain saws, garden clippers, and metal rakes.

If you wish to volunteer, register below, refer to the E-Flyer sent to you or call the synagogue office at (414) 228- 7545.


The entrance to Hopkins Street Cemetery is 1615 West Chambers Street. Click here for a map.

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