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BROADGREEN
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Broadgreen Cemetery

Thomas Drive
Liverpool
L14 3LB

Broadgreen Cemetery at Thomas Drive, Liverpool L14 3LB, is the congregation’s fourth cemetery, the others being located at Upper Frederick Street, Oakes Street and Deane Road.
 

In 1904 land was purchased. An ohel (prayer hall) was built.

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At the top right side of the cemetery is a small site containing the remains interred in the congregation's first two cemeteries. These graves date back to the 1780s. Here lies the remains of some of the very early settlers to Liverpool's Jewish Community dating to the 18th century.

The earliest burial ground for which any information exists was in Upper Frederick Street, the adjoining house was used as The Liverpool Hebrew Congregation’s Synagogue between 1789 and 1807.

Broadgreen is the resting place of many prominent people of the community, who not only maintained but contributed massively to the further development and status of our city.

On the right side of the Ohel is a wooden Star of David. It is one of the original grave markers which marked the grave of an unknown Jewish soldier who died on the Western Front during the First World War, prior to the grave being permanently marked by a stone headstone. These replacements of Stars of David and Crosses started to take place after the war, and in some cases did not take place until the 1930s.

The Broadgreen example being dedicated to an unknown soldier was probably donated to the congregation as a symbolic memorial some time around 1930.

Men of the congregation made the ultimate sacrifice in two world wars. Information about them has been compiled by Saul Marks, congregant and professional genealogist. His excellent publication about them can be accessed here.

WAR MEMORIAL GARDEN

The memorial is rectangular in shape close to the entrance to the cemetery. The main features are the free-standing granite memorial with rough hewn edges, depicting lives cut short, and an inscribed plaque showing only the names, not the rank, of the fallen. A silver birch tree and rose shrubs complete the garden. Our members Naomi Hoyland and her daughter, Sarah Ellenbogen, made the ceramic poppies.

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Photo copyright Rena Pearl

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