In 1888 the Chesed Shel Emeth Society was formed by Jewish immigrants from Russia who found the rituals and traditions of the local Orthodox synagogues unfamiliar. They formed a chevra kadisha (burial society) in order to bury their deceased with familiar rites.
Then in 1889 Chesed Shel Emeth obtained a hearse and an agreement with one of the Jewish cemeteries for a section of their own. The first Chesed Shel Emeth synagogue opened on O'Fallon Street.
In 1893 ground was acquired at Olive and Hanley which became the site of the original Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery.
In 1919 The synagogue moved to Euclid and Page where it resided until the early 1950s.
In 1958 Following the westward movement of the Jewish community, the congregation builds a new synagogue at 700 North & South Road in University City. By 1958 a new win is added to the building.
In the 1960s Chesed Shel Emeth began to run out of space. The congregation purchased thirty acres in Chesterfield again following the westward movement of the Jewish community. Called the White Road Cemetery it has the potential for growth over the next 200 years to hold the entire St. Louis Jewish population.
2011 In recognizing the various denominations of Judaism, the Beth Shalom Cemetery opens and is a growing entity. It is available to all segments of the St. Louis Jewish community.
Feb 2017 A groundskeeper arrived Monday morning to find gravestones overturned across a wide section of the cemetery, the oldest section, bearing the remains of Jews who died between the late 1800s and the mid-20th century. She called it a “horrific act of cowardice,” beyond anything the cemetery had experienced in the past. The cemetery was founded in 1888 by the Russian Jewish community in St. Louis “to aid all Jews who needed burial whether they had the money or not. They started with the burial society and then extended to hospitals and houses that help the poor and the sick. To this day that’s what we do. We are not for profit. We help in this horrible time in a person’s life.” http://wapo.st/2mlThzU
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