Cemetery offers guided ‘Movers and Shakers’ tour

The final resting places of some of the most prominent and interesting members of the St. Louis Jewish community will be visited in a guided tour of the New Mt. Sinai Cemetery and Mausoleum, 8430 Gravois Road in South County from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22. It will be conducted by Esley Hamilton, Preservation Historian with the St. Louis County Parks and Recreation Department, and Daniel Brodsky, Executive Director of New Mt. Sinai.

Stops on the tour will include the burial sites of personalities ranging from novelist Fannie Hurst and Solomon Sonnenschein (the first rabbi of both Congregation Shaare Emeth and Temple Israel) to Civil War hero Major Adolph Proskauer and Nathan Frank (the first Jew to represent Missouri in Congress). Other stops will include the mausoleums and gravesites of such iconic local families as the Aloes-Howard Baers, Eisemans, Freunds, Edisons, Wohls, Schoenbergs-Mays, Baers-Fullers and Foxes.

“It’s been said that a tour of New Mt. Sinai is like a walk through the pages of the history of the St. Louis Jewish Community,” said Brodsky.

Bus transportation will be available to and from the cemetery from the parking lots of the three temples that own New Mt. Sinai: B’nai El, Shaare Emeth and Temple Israel. There is no charge for the tour or bus service. However, reservations are required for the limited seating on the bus. For reservations or more information, call the cemetery office at 314-353-2540.

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