“The Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks in the West was originally established in 1962 as a trust of the Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum in Berkeley, California. In 2010, the Commission became an independent, California 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. It oversees seven pioneer Jewish cemeteries in Northern California, dating back to between 1853-1859.”

Our mission includes the restoration and preservation of cemeteries and landmarks relating to the Jewish presence in the early settlements of the American west. We provide educational materials and research opportunities to inform the public of the contributions made by Jewish pioneers to the development of the state, the nation, and the world.



The Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks in the West is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We welcome your involvement in our efforts to maintain these important relics of our American Jewish heritage.