Temple Israel's historic cemetery has served as the congregation's burial ground since 1885. A special section of the cemetery established in 1846 contains remains that were moved from the congregation’s burial ground on Bass Avenue (later Jefferson Avenue). This section, surrounded by a wrought-iron fence, contains the graves of many of the congregation's earliest members, as well as numerous victims of the yellow fever epidemics that plagued Memphis during the 1870s. It has been expanded only once, in 1991, when the congregation purchased additional land across from the existing cemetery to meet future needs. Burials in the new section began in 1994.
Completed in 2007, the Levy-Cooper Chapel is a 150-seat venue that provides year-round weather protection for those attending funerals and other ceremonies on the grounds.
Effective May 1, 2015, the cemetery is open for visitors:
Sunday - Thursday: 10:30am - 4pm
Friday: 10:30am - 2pm
The cemetery is closed Saturdays and Jewish holidays, including Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Shavuot, and the first and last day of Passover.
On September 27, 2014, Temple Israel dedicated a memorial to recognize congregants who lost their lives in service to our country.