Volunteers of the JGSCO have provided online access to over 22,000 Jewish burials in 19 cemeteries throughout Colorado; 18,000 include a photograph of the gravestone. Entered into the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry, JOWBR is a database of names and other identifying information from Jewish cemeteries and burial records worldwide. JOWBR's aim is to catalog extant data about Jewish cemeteries and burial records worldwide. Some photographs of the gravestones (matzevot) are included in the database. At the end of 2015, there were 2.75 million records, from more than 5,900 cemeteries, in 121 countries. Although more than 600,000 of those entries are from cemeteries in the United States, other countries represented are Austria, Canada, Israel, Romania, South Africa, Ukraine, Poland, and many others.
The database entries usually consist of the cemetery name, surname, given name, date of death and/or burial and when available, plot location, birth date, birth place, death place, Jewish date of death, age, Jewish name, spouse’s name, father’s name, mother’s name and any other genealogically relevant data available.
The Colorado portion of the project was begun in 2003 by Ellen Shindelman Kowitt. She began by documenting information from the Golden Hill Cemetery in west suburban Denver. Terry Lasky took over the project in 2004 and completed the documentation of all Jewish cemeteries and Jewish sections of non-sectarian cemeteries in the state of Colorado. The information for the Colorado burials consisted of plot location, surname, given name, death date, and when available, Jewish name, Jewish date of death, age, spouse’s name and parents names. A picture of the gravestone also accompanied each Colorado burial entry.
The information was collected in a variety of ways. The cemetery or synagogue in charge was contacted in order to provide a written listing of all burials. This was supplied in computerized form, handwritten on paper or on 3x5 cards. A few cemeteries had no recorded information at all. The data was taken from these records and entered into a master Excel spreadsheet. Each cemetery was visited in person where photographs were taken of every gravestone. The visibly inscribed information on gravestones was combined with the written cemetery records and entered into the master spreadsheet. Volunteers then translated Hebrew or Russian inscriptions and incorporated that into the record as well. The final spreadsheet and gravestone photos were submitted to JewishGen for inclusion in JOWBR.
The project was then expanded to include Jewish burials in neighboring states where additional volunteers were enlisted. The project was completed in 2009 when all Jewish burials in Utah, New Mexico, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Kansas, North Dakota and South Dakota were added to the database. The final total completed by volunteers of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado was over 90 cemeteries with 60,000 burials and 35,000 gravestone photos.
Colorado Jewish Cemeteries
Denver: Rose Hill Cemetery (burials 1892-present): 303/288-1414, 6841 E. 62nd Ave., Commerce City, CO 80022. Established 1891 as United Hebrew Cemetery Association. about 7,000 graves. 100% Jewish.
Denver: Mount Nebo Cemetery (burials 1904-present): 303/366-8264, 11658 East Colfax Ave., Aurora, CO 80010. Owned by BMH-BJ Congregation since 1898. 100% Jewish. 6000-7000 graves.
Denver: Golden Hill Cemetery (burials 1908-present): 303/237-0573, 12000 W. Colfax Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80215. Established as West Side Benevolent Society. 3787 Burials. 100% Jewish.
Denver: Emanuel at Fairmount Cemetery (burials 1911-present): 303/399-0692, 430 South Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231. Founded in 1911 and still owned by Congregation Emanuel. About 6% of all burials are Jewish. 1000+ Jewish graves.
Denver: Pioneer Cemetery “Old Jewish Section” (burials 1867-1910): Located east of Cheesman Park. Most Jewish bones and gravestones moved to Fairmount, Riverside, Golden Hill and Rose Hill Cemeteries in early 1900s.
Denver: Riverside Cemetery (1896-1901): 303/293-2466. 5201 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO 80216. Less than 1% of all burials are Jewish. 7 gravestones survive. Plot book available for review but does not contain burials transferred from Old Jewish Section at Pioneer Cemetery. Affiliated with Congregation Emanuel and Fairmount Cemetery.
Aspen: Red Butte Cemetery
Boulder: Green Mountain Cemetery
Boulder: Mountain View Cemetery
Colorado Springs: Evergreen Cemetery Sons of Israel
El Paso: Jewish Cemetery
Fort Collins: Rose Lawn Cemetery
Grand Junction: Congregation Ohr Shalom Cemetery
Greeley: Beth Israel Congregation
Greeley: Linn Grove Cemetery
Leadville: Jewish Cemetery
Pueblo: B'nai Jacob Cemetery
Pueblo: Rose Lawn Cemetery
Steamboat Springs: Municipal Cemetery
Trinidad: Congregation Aaron Cemetery
Trinidad: Masonic Cemetery
Jewish Funeral Homes
Feldman Mortuary – Serving 1936-present - 303/322-7764, 1673 York, Denver, Colorado 80206. Records available – recent burials listed on website. 100% Jewish.
Horan and McConaty Shalom Funeral Services – Serving 1998-present – 303/504-6266.
Always With You, Inc. – Serving 2003-present - 303/283-1700, services conducted in Russian, Yiddish, and Polish – clientele mostly immigrants – records available to genealogists. 100% Jewish.
Jewish Memorial and Gravestone Cutters
Erickson Monuments – Serving 1925-present - 303/571-5151 – records available to genealogists.
Norman’s Memorials Inc. – Serving 1912-present – 303/422-3425.
Fairmount Monuments and Memorials – Serving 1988-present - 303/399-0692.
Ted Ruskin Memorials – Serving 2003-present - 303/738-1755 or 303/246-8221.
Watson Memorial Company – Serving 1897-2011. Records began 1970.