The Jewish Cemetery
The Jewish Cemetery in Dawson City
Bet Chaim Cemetery in 2019
This project started in 1997 with research into where the Jewish cemetery was located in Dawson. Arthur Mitchell, Howard Kushner and Rick Karp took the lead in doing that work, went to Dawson, and discovered the cemetery.
Rick Looking through the bush
Arthur and Howard found the Archway Bet Chaim
Clearing the trees and brush, finding the graves, and the start of the restoration
Finding, Restoring, and Re-dedication ceremony of the Jewish Cemetery in Dawson City in 1997:
Thank you to all the people that travelled to Whitehorse and then Dawson City for this event.
And a special thank you to Rebbetzin Joan Cohen for leading the Shabbat Services in Whitehorse and the Rededication Services for the Cemetery in Dawson City.
And finally an expression of gratitude from the Jewish Community of Yukon to the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada at the time, The Honorable Herb Gray (May His Memory be a Blessing), for coming all this way to be with us. Minister Gray is the speaker at the end of the video.
The people interred in the cemetery
The only gravestone - Solomon Packer
The entrance from the road
The Bet Chaim Archway
Rebbetzin Joan Cohen leading the re-dedication services -1998
Then Deputy Prime Minister Herb Gray addressing the congregation and being taped by CBC Radio and Television - 1998
The First Ever Shabbat Services in Whitehorse - 1998
For the first time in history a Torah was brought to Whitehorse and the RCMP dedicated service members to deliver and watch over the Torah during its stay in Whitehorse, which had never happened in Canada before then.