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The Jewish Cemetery - Virginia City 1862

 
 
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By Jerry Klinger
1. The Jewish Cemetery - Virginia City 1862 Marker
Inscription.  The Jewish cemetery is located a few miles north of where you stand. It was the norm for organizations to have separate cemeteries. However the commonalities of the Comstock population are of more significance than separatism. Like their neighbors, the Jewish immigrants were attracted by financial opportunities, they experienced high infant mortality, contributed to local economy and government, and viewed their cemetery as a societal obligation.

In the early 1860's, the B'nai B'rith Lodge 52, a Jewish fraternal group, was established and in all probability was responsible for the Jewish cemetery. A local newspaper of the times notes, "...this is a very handsome plat of ground, nicely cleaned off and substantially fenced..." Adella Adler and Aaron Korn, both children were the first burials.

In the mid-1960's a hate crime left the cemetery with one marker out of twenty-four interments. In 2002 the Comstock Cemetery Foundation fenced the property and the two Reno synagogues re-dedicated the site.

The Jewish cemetery stands today as simultaneously a reminder of American Western diversity, and a disgrace upon those with no tolerance

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By Jerry Klinger
2. The Jewish Cemetery - Virginia City 1862 Marker
for that diversity.
 
Erected 2015 by Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, Comstock Cemetery Foundation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 19.003′ N, 119° 38.62′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is on Cemetery Road. Located above the ravine, along the edge of the Comstock Cemetery, Virginia city, Nevada 39 19 00 N 119 38 32 W. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia City NV 89440, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Pearson (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Captain Edward Faris Storey (about 700 feet away); Silver Terrace Cemeteries (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Comstock Lode (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Day November 11th 1995 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Life in Virginia City on the Comstock Lode (approx. 0.2 miles away); Consolidated Virginia & California Pan Mill (approx. 0.4 miles away); V & T, 1869 - 1950 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
 
More about this marker. Marker text provided by the Comstock Foundation
 
Additional keywords. Jewish Pioneers of the Comstock
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2019, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 25, 2019, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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