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Our History 

Founded in 1918 by Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Clover Hill Park Cemetery has been a part of the Metropolitan Detroit Jewish community for over three generations, supporting a full spectrum of Jewish ritual observance.


The original vision of the founders of the cemetery stated:


…It is the earnest aim and ambition of Congregation Shaarey Zedek to adequately provide what has long been recognized as a most pressing, even vital need-a modern, high grade cemetery that will provide a last resting place in the midst of beautiful surroundings, with assurance that it will for all time be maintained as a source of comfort and sacred attractiveness to those who are left behind.  In this purpose, we believe we shall succeed, for we have bound ourselves, one and all to carrying out the ideas and ideals embraced by the creation of this Cemetery...


Over 90 years later the Board of Trustees of Clover Hill Park Cemetery remains steadfast in these same ideals, providing continuity to the operations and dedicated attention to the everlasting beauty of the cemetery. The history of Jewish Detroit can be traced through the gates of Clover Hill Park Cemetery as many of  the most prominent Jewish citizens and thought-leaders of the past are at rest in this pastoral setting.


Clover Hill Park Cemetery has the guardianship of the Beth Olem Cemetery (a.k.a. The Smith Street Cemetery), located on the grounds of the General Motors Poletown Plant. Burials date back to 1848 and as a testament to our past heritage, Beth Olem Cemetery is open twice a year to the public for visitation. Click here for a partial list of burials at Beth Olem Cemetery.

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