Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery


The Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary is a Jewish cemetery located at 6001 West Centinela Avenue, in Culver City, California. Many Jews from the entertainment industry are buried here. The cemetery is known for Al Jolson's elaborate tomb (designed by Los Angeles architect Paul Williams), a 75-foot-high pergola and monument atop a hill above a water cascade, all visible from the adjacent San Diego Freeway.[1][2]

Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary
CountryUnited States
Coordinates33°58′50″N 118°23′23″W / 33.98056°N 118.38972°W / 33.98056; -118.38972Coordinates: 33°58′50″N 118°23′23″W / 33.98056°N 118.38972°W / 33.98056; -118.38972
Owned byTemple Israel of Hollywood
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Built on 35 acres of rolling hills in an undeveloped area near Inglewood, the cemetery was originally founded as B'nai B'rith Memorial Park in 1941 by Lazare F. Bernhard and Robert S. and Harry Groman, founders of Groman Mortuaries in 1936 and sons of Charles Groman, who co-founded the first licensed Jewish mortuary west of Chicago, Glasband-Groman-Glasband, before it was renamed to "Hillside Memorial Park" in 1942. Because of objections by the Inglewood Chamber of Commerce, they were not granted a permit to operate by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors until July 1943.[3][4][5]

In 1951 the park became famous when Al Jolson's widow, Erle, purchased a large plot and had erected a 75-foot-high domed monument in his memory. Thousands attended the dedication and service, which included a eulogy by Jack Benny.[3]

After a bitter legal dispute between the Groman brothers, and Robert's death in 1957, the park was acquired by Temple Israel of Hollywood, which continues to own and operate it.[3][5]

Jack Benny's funeral in 1974 included a eulogy by Bob Hope and was attended by over 2000 people, including dozens of well-known members of the entertainment community.[6] Major figures in the worlds of philanthropy, women's rights, law, education, medicine and religion are interred at Hillside, some of whom are listed below.[3][5]

Notable intermentsEdit

Waterfall and Al Jolson monument at Hillside Memorial Park

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  1. ^ David Gebhard, Robert Winter, An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles (Gibbs Smith, rev. ed. 2003), ISBN 978-1586853082, p. 119. Excerpt available at Google Books.
  2. ^ Edmon J. Rodmon, "You ain't heard Kol Nidre yet", Washington Jewish Week, September 13, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d Meares, Hadley (14 March 2014). "Hillside Memorial Park: A Jewish Modernist Masterpiece in the Midst of the City". KCET. Public Media Group of Southern California. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  4. ^ "Distinguished Residents of Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary" (PDF). hillsidememorial.org. Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary. 2008. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  5. ^ a b c "Our History | Hillside Memorial". Hillside Memorial. Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  6. ^ Nordheimer, Jon (December 30, 1974). "Thousands Watch Hollywood Farewell to Benny". The New York Times. Los Angeles. p. 26 (original print edition). Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  7. ^ "Bernard Alben Obituary". Legacy.com. Los Angeles Times. 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  8. ^ Higgins, Bill (2010-11-21). "Hollywood publicist laid to rest at emotional funeral". Reuters. Retrieved 2010-11-23.
  9. ^ Victoria Talbot, 'Edith Flagg, Fashion Pioneer and Philanthropist, Dead at 94', The Beverly Hills Courier, August 22, 2014 Volume XXXXVIIII, Number 34, pp. 4;18 [1]
  10. ^ Elaine Woo, "Deborah Raffin dies at 59; actress was also a force in audio books", Los Angeles Times, November 21, 2012.
  11. ^ Regan, Marilou (1 May 2013). "The Happening Freddy Sessler: "World's Oldest Rolling Stones Groupie" (and Keith Richard's Best Friend)". Loveyouliverollingstones.com. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Jerry Weintraub (1937 – 2015) – Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2016-08-11.

External linksEdit

  • Hillside Memorial Park official website
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hillside Memorial Park
  • Hillside Memorial Park: Famous names at Find a Grave