About the Cemeteries



The Commission is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, overseeing seven Jewish cemeteries in northern California founded during the period of the Gold Rush. 

If you plan on visiting, please do not attempt headstone rubbings or cleaning, as this will degrade the faces of the stones. Please refer to individual cemetery listings for access information.

A brief history of the Jewish communities that established these cemeteries may be found in A Traveler's Guide to Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries by Susan Morris (Berkeley, CA: Judah L. Magnes Museum) 1996. Plot maps and headstone inscriptions are included. For more information on the families interred in the cemeteries, please contact the Commission.