Serving Galveston's Jewish Families Since 1900
Our cemetery predates the formation of the Congregation Beth Jacob (CBJ) by approximately thirty years. Until 1907 Jewish immigration through Galveston from Eastern Europe was a trickle until the "The Galveston Plan". The Plan brought 10,000 Jews to America through Galveston's port between 1907 and 1914. Many continued their journey inland in all directions. Those who stayed in Galveston helped build the community and the new synagogue Congregation Beth Jacob. Interned at CBJ Cemetery are the founders of the Shul and many of their decedents.
We are in the process of creating webpage of CBJ family histories that will trace the generations for future reference. Please check back for updates.
In 2000 The Shul board conveyed the cemetery to a separate not-for-profit corporation governed by a board that meets quarterly to review the financial status of the corporation and the condition of the property.
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In Memory of a Loved One
The hard freeze of mid-February 2021 had a devastating impact on the wonderful blooming bottlebrush and olive trees scattered about the cemetery. With the loss of the trees comes an opportunity to dedicate a new crape myrtle tree in memory of a loved one.
Make a Gift in Memory of a Loved One
The CBJ Cemetery Fund support the efforts of the Cemetery Board to maintain the cemetery’s infrastructure including driveways, sidewalks, curbing, fencing, gates, water lines and landscape. This spring we completed the restoration on the front fence and gate.
If a headstone restoration or repair is needed and we cannot find a descendent to fund the work, we offer others the opportunity to perform a mitzvah by supporting the restoration of these headstones. We also have several graves without headstones. The Maintenance Fund also purchases a headstone for those who have no family.
Restoration of the front wall
We have completed designating a section of plots for the burial of non-Jewish spouses with their Jewish spouse and/or their unmarried children. The section was created per the instructions provided by the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement. Eight of the 32 plots in the section have already been reserved.
Please let family members or friends who would be interested in such accommodations know about our new section. All burials in this new section follow the same procedures that the Cemetery has always required.
Congregation Shaar Hashalom has reserved a section of 32 plots in
the CBJ Cemetery for its congregants. Contact Rex Hemme at
281-216-1485 or firstname.lastname@example.org about purchasing plots.