Hebrew Rest Cemetery is located in Gentilly a few blocks off Elysian Fields Ave. The location was chosen for its elevated surface relative to the city so that bodies could truly be buried underground. This is due to the belief in the Jewish faith that bodies must be fully buried so the souls may properly rest.
It was established by the Congregation Shanarai Chasset. In 1860 they entered into contracts to build a metaher and enclosed two squares on Elysian Fields, Pelopidas, and Frenchman Streets with brick walls.
In 1872 Congregation Temple Sinai purchased from Shanarai Chasset half interest in the Hebrew Rest Cemetery and the two congregations formed a joint board, the Hebrew Rest Cemetery Association, to supervise the burial grounds. The cemetery was enlarged in 1894 by the purchase of land across Frenchman Street.
Hebrew Rest Cemetery is the largest Jewish cemetery in New Orleans.
This is the second Jewish cemetery to be built in New Orleans. It opened in 1846 on land purchased and donated by Judah P. Touro, shortly after Spanish-Portuguese Jews organized the Congregation Nefuzoth Yehudah (Dispersed of Judah).
Merged with Congregation Gates of Mercy in 1881, the name was changed to Congregation Gates of Mercy of the Dispersed of Judah. In 1937, the name of the congregation was changed to Touro Synagogue.
There are 3 veterans buried in the Dispersed of Judah Cemetery, 1 World War I veteran and 2 World War II veterans, and 1 Holocaust Survivor.
PVT Julius Maretzky
There are 3 World War II Veterans buried in the Dispersed of Judah Cemetery
LT COL Carl D Reed
RM3 Abe Sol Rosenberg