About This Location

Located on a 1740 land grant from Governor Thomas Penn, Mikveh Israel Cemetery dates to the origin of organized Jewish worship in the city. Nathan Levy, a merchant, purchased the lot to bury his child in accordance with Jewish religious rites. Over the years the cemetery expanded. Notable Philadelphia Jews interred here include: Levy, Haym Solomon, financier of the American Revolution, and Rebecca Gratz, educator and philanthropist.

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