By Mike Littauer, President, Hebrew Cemetery Association
2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Hebrew Cemetery. In 1867 the Hebrew Benevolent Society, serving a community of more than 20 Jewish families purchased 11 acres on Statesville Avenue for the Hebrew Cemetery.
Now the Hebrew Cemetery Association of Greater Charlotte serves between 13,000 and 15,000 Jews and provides for the on-going maintenance, renovation, and management of our holy burial grounds.
Our mission to provide a dignified, peaceful, and beautiful resting place for our departed is as true today as it was in 1867.
We are excited to announce our 150th Anniversary celebration on Thursday, August 24 from 7-9 PM at The Levine Museum of the New South. Please come celebrate this historic milestone in the life of our oldest Jewish institution in Charlotte. Together we will honor our past and look toward our future. We will also honor our past presidents who have served our Cemetery and community so well and will announce our vision for our future. Live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and punch will be served. This will be an exciting evening and I hope you will join us.
Tickets can be purchased for $54 by contacting Sandra Goldman at 704-576-1859. There are also sponsorship, advertising, and memorial opportunities in the commemorative book being developed for this event. Contact Sandra Goldman, Kevin Levine (704-363-6222) or Mike Littauer (704-572-0655) for those opportunities.
We are pleased and excited to announce a $15,000 challenge grant by Marc and Matteye Silverman to fund Cemetery maintenance and improvements. Please be generous and help us take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to help secure the future of our Cemetery.
On Sunday, August 27 from 11 AM-1 PM, Brian Yesowitch, Past President and Historical Chair, will conduct several walking tours of the cemetery. Thirteen civil war veterans including Corporal Louis Leon, author of a famed civil war diary as well as other notable Charlotteans and families will be highlighted on these tours.
On September 23, our Annual Service will be conducted at the Cemetery. We will also dedicate the new Silverman Circle highlighted by our “Tree of Life” sculpture by artist Jim Gallucci.
Please join us on August 24. The evening promises to be uplifting and informative. Your participation helps guarantee the future of our Cemetery. I look forward to seeing you there.