As visitors to Waldheim cemetery began to wane during the 1950’s and the decades that followed, the site began to show signs of neglect. However, over the years a handful of the original caretakers emerged to restore Waldheim’s dignity and make it the legacy cemetery of choice for Jewish families in the Chicago area.
A New Beginning
One of the few remaining caretakers from the original group, Barnett Joseph & Sons began to consolidate the few remaining caretaker companies into the Waldheim Cemetery Company. This was also supplemented by the original founding organizations transferring their ownership to the new company. Almost 100 years after its founding and with over 150,000 Jews interred within its gates, the seeds of a new rebirth for Waldheim had just been planted.
Over the years, Waldheim has implemented astute financial controls, a dedicated management team and experienced maintenance personnel to perform regular inspections and renovation projects. These measures, along with extensive communication with families, have enabled us to revitalize an important historical and religious landmark for Chicago’s Jewish community. As a result, Waldheim Cemetery offers a dignified and traditional experience for Jewish families in the Chicagoland area.
Today Waldheim enjoys a healthy, stable and secure future with a robust State of Illinois supervised Endowment fund. The cemetery continues the tradition of bringing Jewish families together at difficult times. With many burials and dedications continuing, once again, Waldheim is enjoying its well-earned and deserved reputation as one of the largest, oldest and still active Jewish cemeteries in the country. Everyone here at Waldheim Cemetery looks forward to another 130 years as being a key member of the Chicago Jewish community.
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