North Bay

The Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks in the West

P.O. Box 433 Aptos, CA 95001
(831) 607-8749 pioneerjewishcemeteries@gmail.com www.pioneerjewishcemeteries.org

Established in 1962, the commission maintains, restores and educates the public about the seven 1850’s pioneer Jewish historic cemeteries in the California Gold Country: Sonora, Mokelumne Hill, Jackson, Placerville, Nevada City, Grass Valley and Marysville.  During the Gold Rush era, numerous Jewish merchants were in these communities. Some individuals also became leaders in local civic affairs. At a time when there were few established synagogues, these cemeteries were critical to Jewish residents living in this region.   The commission offers presentations and welcomes visits to these cemeteries.