Upcoming Events

Summer Work Party at the Gladwyne Jewish Memorial Cemetery

Mark your calendar: Sunday, July 30th the Friends of the Gladwyne Jewish Memorial Cemetery will host a workday to remove invasive plants and clear trails in preparation for planting a new meadow in the cemetery this fall. The workday runs from 9:30 am- 1 pm and will be followed by a brief tour for anyone interested in learning more about this fascinating place. Gloves, tools, water and light snacks will be provided. The workday will only be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or thunderstorms. Our volunteers play a major role in helping us restore this formerly abandoned cemetery- your participation makes a big difference!

We will depart from the parking lot of Beth David Reform Congregation (1130 Vaughn Lane, Gladwyne) promptly at 9:30 am, so please plan to arrive a few minutes early. If you cannot arrive by 9:30 but would still like to participate, please contact Rachael Griffith, (570) 807-8106 to make arrangements.

​Past Events

Annual General Meeting of Members
Sunday, March 26th, 11:00AM

Join Us on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 16, 2017!

Thanks to several volunteer groups and dedicated individuals, we made significant progress in 2016 toward our goal of having all of the graves visible and accessible throughout every season of the year, and you can help us continue this meaningful effort!  Even if you choose not to participate in the clean-up, all are welcome to visit this historic and sacred site first-hand.  The morning of the 16th we'll gather in the parking lot of Beth David Reform Congregation, 1130 Vaughan Lane in Gladwyne, at 9:30 for the short walk to the cemetery.  Please feel free to bring or send others.

We look forward to seeing you!

​Gladwyne Memorial Cemetery at Villanova University

Thursday May 5, 2016   

Graduate Student Public History Symposium, Villanova University Department of History Presents People and Place: The Making and Meanings of Har Hasetim in Gladwyne, PA. Villanova University, Driscoll Auditorium 134.

Villanova University, Driscoll Auditorium 134.

Join graduate students from Villanova University's Department of History as they present their research on the Har Hasetim Cemetery. This semester long project culminates with the retelling of Gladwyne's hidden Jewish cemetery. From immigration to Philadelphia to being interred in Gladwyne, the projects completed during the semester demonstrate the importance and history of the cemetery to understanding Philadelphia and Gladwyne. We will also be having a moment of silence for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.



​Sacred Journey – Placing our Prayer Books to Rest

​On Sunday October 4, 2015, come experience a re-creation of the funeral

processions that occurred 100 years ago from the Ardmore train station to

the Gladwyne Jewish Memorial Cemetery.  We will reenact the journey by

taking a trolley from the Ardmore Train Station, which will follow a horse

drawn buggy hearse that will be filled with worn and tattered religious

prayer books and other religious items that are no longer in use – which

have come from local synagogues.  By Jewish tradition, these worn and

damaged items are often buried in Jewish cemeteries as a sign of reverence

and respect. 



Har Hasetim