The significance of family is an integral concept at Greenwood Cemetery.
Greenwood is an independent, non-traditional Jewish cemetery governed by a Board of Directors and is not affiliated with any particular synagogue. The first officers were elected on May 16, 1872, and throughout the years, the roster of the board has been studded with names famous in the development of the Milwaukee Jewish and civic community.
Greenwood is a memorial ground where non-Jewish spouses and/or children are welcomed to be laid to rest alongside their Jewish spouse or parent, the owner of the plot. The significance of family is continued today and is an integral concept of Greenwood.
Located on a ten acre site, Greenwood’s grounds are well maintained and landscaped. The cemetery has a park-like setting that is quiet, dignified and unpretentious, allowing patrons a pleasing, aesthetic experience and a comforting place to visit.
Greenwood Cemetery is one of the oldest active Jewish cemeteries in the greater Milwaukee area, dating back to 1871. Greenwood began as a German Jewish cemetery and continued that trend for fifty years. By the mid 1920s other members of Milwaukee’s Jewish community chose to have their family burials at Greenwood.
Greenwood Cemetery has had a wonderful working relationship with our neighbor, Forest Home Cemetery, for over 20 years. Forest Home not only maintains the grounds but performs Greenwood’s day to day business activities.
Lot owners have the opportunity each spring to purchase a floral program which includes planting, watering and
pruning. Private plantings by family members on family graves are permitted but need to be communicated to our maintenance caretakers, Forest Home Cemetery.
Staff would be happy to identify the abundance of areas available at Greenwood that would accommodate potential single or new family plot purchases.