The Beth Hamedrash Hagadol
(BHH) congregation was established in 1874. Initially, it used the communal
Hill Top Cemeteries but, in 1895, it arranged for its own cemetery at the same site. This continued in use
until the early 1950s when a new cemetery on Gelderd Road, Gildersome was acquired. This was opened in 1955.
In the 1890's, and for some time thereafter, BHH was a member of the United Synagogues of Leeds, which also included
the Great Synagogue. At certain
times, affiliated congregations included
Shilleler, Chevra Sefard (Sward),
and Roundhay Road Chevra
(Synagogue). Also, the BHH Congregation fully incorporated
Leeds Zionist Synagogue
Old Central Synagogue
and Roundhay Road Chevra
Notable burials in the new BHH cemetery include:
- Ministers - Rabbi Louis Saffer,
Rev Sam Taylor, Rev Abraham Freedman and Rev Hyman Goldwater
- Honorary Life Officers of the Synagogue -
Ephraim Zimmerman and Joe Glucksmann
- Judge - Vivian Hurwitz
- Politician - Lord Bellwin
The "virtual" cemetery provided here contains details of more than 2,200 burials and has been assembled
from digital photographs of approximately 2,000 headstones together with additional information extracted from
the few available extant records. A fire at BHH in 1952, which destroyed all of the records existing at
that time, predates the opening of this cemetery. The assignment of rows and burial plots follows precisely
that used in the Synagogue records. The layout of the BHH Cemetery, including the row assignments, can be
Details of all burials in the new BHH Cemetery are provided in this database, together with images of all
legible and partially legible headstones. There are a few burials for which no specific grave locations have
been given in the burial records. Details of these burials are provided without headstone images and can be
accessed via a separate drop down list.
The term 'Unconsecrated Grave'
is used to describe graves for which the deceased has been identified (from the burial records) but where
no headstone or plaque has been consecrated. The term 'Unmarked Grave' is used to describe graves (usually
concreted) for which the deceased cannot be identified.
This database covers all
burials and consecrations up to 31 January 2015.
Information for any individual
may be displayed by first selecting the appropriate surname letters from the list below and then selecting the
required name from its corresponding drop-down list. Navigation to the next or previous burial plot in the
Section/Row is achieved by clicking the appropriate link on the individual burial page.
New Feature: Grave locations (accurate to about a metre) can be displayed on a Google satellite image via the button provided on each burial page.
Note that, although the grave location will always be identified, the image may not contain details
of some of the most recent row additions to the cemetery.
This database has been created through the efforts and support of Lee White, Alan Tobias, Malcolm Sender
and the late Murray Freedman. It is made available here with permission of the
The GPS enhancements were developed by Alan and Derek Tobias.
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