Today is February 26, 2024 ()
Hebrew Cemetery of Brownsville, Texas
Corner of E. Madison St. & 2nd Street
The Hebrew Cemetery land was deeded by Charles Stillman, founder of Brownsville, on May 21, 1868, to the Hebrew Benevolent Society of Brownsville and Matamoros.
Today it is recognized as a historical landmark by the Brownsville Historical Association, Texas Historical Commission, and the National Register of Historic Places.
The earliest gravestones date from 1858. These were Jewish victims of a yellow fever epidemic who were first buried in the Old Brownsville Cemetery before being moved to the Hebrew Cemetery.
Buried in the Hebrew Cemetery are Jewish veterans who fought in the Mexican-American War, the Civil War (two Confederate and two Union Army), the Spanish-American War, World War I, twenty-one who fought in World War II, soldiers of the Korean War and Vietnam. Buried here are survivors of the Holocaust.
The Hebrew Cemetery is a perpetual-care cemetery operated by the Hebrew Cemetery Association, successor to the Hebrew Benevolent Society. Larry Holtzman is the volunteer director of the non-profit organization. No city or state funds are received. As per Jewish tradition, donations are often received from families whose relatives are buried in the cemetery.
The beautifully landscaped cemetery is enclosed by a 100-year-old triple brick wall. History can be found in the markers of county leaders, mayors, surgeons, philanthropists, prosperous merchants, ranchers, and explorers.
Donations to Hebrew Cemetery can be mailed to: Temple Beth-El, Attn. Larry Holtzman, 24 Coveway Drive, Brownsville, TX 78521.
Larry Holtzman, Director