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Our History

OldHMP2Founded as B’nai B’rith Memorial Park in 1941 by Lazare F. Bernhard and Robert and Harry Groman, the park was renamed just one year later. In 1957, the park was acquired by Temple Israel of Hollywood and has been an integral part of Jewish values and traditions throughout the community. Hillside Memorial Park has also become the final resting place for people who have contributed to shaping the Los Angeles community, touching and inspiring lives of people across the nation and around the world.

Hillside Memorial Park provides dignified tranquility in the midst of bustling Los Angeles, known for its beautiful and peaceful setting. The Jolson Memorial, designed by Paul R. Williams, has become an iconic landmark for travelers on the 405 Freeway. Amongst the beauty of the waterfalls, stained glass windows, and bronze reliefs, Hillside features many unique works of art and sculptures by world renowned artists and architects. The Akiba Sculpture by Albert Wein, which was generously donated by Temple Akiba, now adorns the entrance of Hillside’s Courts of the Book mausoleum.

Hillside Memorial Park prides itself on celebrating the past, present and future, recognizing the rich heritage and special character of our residents.  Deeply dedicated to the values of Tikkun Olam, we are proud to provide support for local services and organizations. Engagement with our community through outreach grants and sponsorships is part of Hillside’s mission and commitment to the entire Los Angeles Jewish community.


Historic news footage of Jack Benny’s funeral at Hillside in 1974. Among the mourners interviewed are Danny Thomas, Ronald & Nancy Reagan Milton Berle and George Burns