Kehillat Israel History

To Collect, Illustrate, And Preserve The Memories


This website is dedicated to the recordation, preservation, and illustration of the Kehillat Israel Synagogue and Hebrew Cemetery in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. From the late 1800's to the mid 1900's a very large Jewish population inhabited the Schuylkill County area including the cities of Shenandoah, Mahanoy City, and Hazelton. The Jewish population emigrated from Eastern Europe and settled in this area to take advantage of the burgeoning coal mining industries. Presently, the Jewish populous has either passed away or moved to another location. This website is not only dedicated to the memory of the Kehillath Israel Synagogue and Hebrew Cemetery but to the memory of those individuals who personified the town.

Please feel free to browse through the pages and relive a time forgotten in a place little known. Link provide pictures of the individuals, buildings, and tombstones.



The cemetery is managed by the Jewish Community Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, 3211 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA  17110.
The Jewish Community Foundation can be contacted by calling 717-236-9555 and pressing 1 for the Foundation. 
On weekends or in the event of an emergency, call 571-421-5311 or 717-525-7735 for Paulette Keifer, Foundation Executive Director.  

The physical address of the cemetery is:
5 Cemetery Road, Shenandoah, PA 

Don't forget to sign the guestbook before you leave - These signatures are representative of the living legacies of those interred in the Cemetery.

Also, at the bottom of THIS page is a box where you have the ability to donate to the Cemetery Fund via the PayPal website. The cemetery association relies on these donations for the continued maintenance of the cemetery and associated projects.

Credit to Jerry Malett, Janice Malett, Dorothy Harris, Emanuel Harris, Bess Harris, Bill Simons (tombstone pictures), Ben Supowitz, Richard Kallan, and those who have assisted with miscellaneous corrections. Comments, corrections, suggestions, and other issues may be directed to the webmaster, Ian Singer at

The Webmaster is also serving as a full service Jewish Genealogist. Please contact Ian Singer at 954-829-0430 or at for further information regarding your familial genealogy.