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The Jewish Grounds of Oakland
May 5, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
One event on September 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm
This tour examines the Jewish Grounds of Oakland Cemetery and identifies patterns of assimilation and persistence that began to surface as waves of Jewish immigrants entered and adapted to the culture of Victorian America.
In 1860, Atlanta was home to about 50 Jewish citizens. That same year, the Hebrew Benevolent Society purchased within Oakland’s Original Six Acres a burial plot now known as the Old Jewish Burial Grounds. It is the second oldest Jewish burial ground in Georgia. In 1892, the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation (The Temple) acquired yet another, much larger plot and sold a fourth of it to a newly formed synagogue, Ahavath Achim. Ahavath Achim, made up mainly of newly arrived immigrants from Russia, developed what is perhaps the most visually compelling area of Oakland, often described as “forest-like” because the seven-foot markers are so tightly packed together.
Our guides will share their knowledge of the Jewish community’s history, notable citizens, burial customs, and symbolism found throughout these grounds.
Students: (with ID) $6
Seniors: (65 and older) $6
Historic Oakland Foundation Members: Free
Please note that not all areas of Historic Oakland Cemetery are wheelchair accessible. Please use your discretion when planning your tour visit.