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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

San Mateo County Cemeteries: Salem Memorial Park


"So Teach us to number our days so that we may get us a heart of wisdoms"
Chapel Inscription in Hebrew and English



Originally established in 1877 as a designated area in City Cemetery near Ocean Beach, Salem (Peace) Memorial Park was the third of the Jewish Cemeteries to be reestablished under the hills of Colma.

On 21 Dec 1891 the San Francisco Bulletin reported "Salem Cemetery, the new burial place of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Israel, in San Mateo county, was dedicated yesterday. A special train carried the congregation down to Colma, which is near the cemetery. The dedication services were conducted by Rev. Dr. M.S. Leavy. Addresses were made by President Peckerman and Secretary Leavy. A corner-stone was laid which contained various records and publications. The site purchased by the congregation embraces thirty-five and one-third acres. Contracts have been let for buildings to cost $6,400. A handsome mortuary chapel will be erected near the main entrance to the cemetery. A side track has been laid to near the entrance for railroad trains. It is expected that all the buildings will be completed within ninety days. The old Salem Cemetery has not been closed but the officers of the society will discourage interments there.  

(Monday, December 21, 1891, 

San Francisco Bulletin 

V: LXIII 

I: 64 

P: 2)


Around 700 bodies were moved from City Cemetery to the new cemetery.





    In 1974 Congregation B'nai Emunah erected a monument in the center of the cemetery dedicated to the memory of the 6 million Jews who perished in the holocaust.
      • FindAGrave (3935 burials listed with 90% of them photographed.)

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