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The Temple Cemetery
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
The Temple Cemetery, Louisville, KY
GPS: 38.210513, -85.741499
2716 Preston Hwy
Louisville, KY 40217
Published: December 12, 2019
Total records: 5,624
The Temple Cemetery is owned by The Temple, Congregation Adath Israel Brith Sholom in Louisville, KY.
The first Jewish cemetery in Louisville was the Hebrew Cemetery. When the Congregation of Hebrews became part of Adas Israel, this ground was donated to the new congregation. Adas Israel started its own cemetery in 1859, located on the southwest corner of Preston and Woodbine. In 1873, Adas Israel purchased 15 acres for a new cemetery, on Preston Highway. The old cemetery was not used after 1876, when the new cemetery was opened. In 1924, the last of the old burials from the original Adas Israel cemetery were moved to the new location. In 1955, when I-65 was built, the graves at the old Hebrew Cemetery were moved to Adath Israel Cemetery on Preston Highway.
B’rith Shalom also acquired land at Preston and Woodbine for its cemetery. The first burial at B’rith Shalom cemetery was in 1887. In 1907, approximately 400 people were disinterred from Preston and Woodbine and re-buried in B’rith Shalom’s new cemetery on Preston Highway.
Adath Israel Cemetery and B’rith Shalom Cemetery, although right next to each other, were separate. After the congregations merged in 1976, a connecting road was added, and the cemeteries merged. Today, the combined cemeteries operates as, "The Temple Cemetery".
The Adath Israel sections are designated by the letter A (for example, A-5) and the B’rith Shalom sections are designated by the letter B (for example, B-6). There is also a noticeable difference in the layout of the cemeteries. The B sections are more symmetrical, laid out in rows, while the A sections, with their more elaborate monuments, are less uniform.
The Temple Cemetery Records
Records below were acquired from The Temple Cemetery on December 11, 2019. Dates of death range from 1800 to 2019.