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B'nai Israel Cemetery

The LJCC owns and maintains the B’nai Israel Cemetery in Eudora, KS. 

The cemetery contains graves of Jews dating back to the settling of the Kansas Territories in the 1850s. LJCC members in good standing have burial rights in the Cemetery

The cemetery, listed as “Beni Israel Cemetery” is on the National Registry of Historic Places. 

Loraine Lindenbaum z"l, former cemetery committee member, discussed the Historic Designation saying, “It protects the property from encroachment as the surrounding land is developed,” Lindenbaum said. “The designation also signifies to our LJCC membership what a gem we have locally — it essentially puts us on the map as far as being the only Jewish cemetery in Kansas that reflects the participation of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe to the state of Kansas in the early 1860s with this important title.”

The plaque on the gates of the cemetery reads "Beni Israel." It is thought that this was either a misspelling or a colloquialism of the times and the property is now referred to as B'nai Israel.

Directions to the Cemetery

From Lawrence:

·         Head east on K-10 for about 10 miles; look for the big cross at the Methodist church

·         Take the Church St./E. 2200 Road exit

·         Turn right onto Church St./E. 2200 Road

·         Take the first right onto N 1300 Rd./E. 20th St., it will curve sharply north and then turn west

·         In one mile, turn right onto E 2100 Rd./Winchester Rd.

·         The cemetery will be on the left, at the NW corner of the intersection of Winchester Rd. and W. 20th St.

 

 

 

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