The Spafford family and friends from Chicago, Illinois, founded a controversial religious commune in Jerusalem in 1881. After ... More
British Military Cemetery
The Spafford family and friends from Chicago, Illinois, founded a controversial religious commune in Jerusalem in 1881. After the death of Horatio Spafford, his wife Anna became the dictatorial leader and "prophetess" of the group. The community's rule of celibacy ended when children in the community wished to marry. The small cemetery at the edge of the Hebrew University campus holds the graves of the Spaffords, along with those of other members of the American-Swedish Colony. The Colony was active until the mid-1930s. Its members operated a tourist shop, served as guides, and had a famous photography studio. The Spafford Children's Hospital is still in existence, and the commune's main residence is now the American Colony Hotel .
It was wonderful to search for and find my great grandfather's grave at the American Colony Cemetary on Mt. Scopus in December 2004. I was visiting Jerusalem as a staff member in a conference hosted by the Family Federation for World Peace. The cemetery is well-cared for and I was pleased to recognize the names of people my grandparents spoke of while I was growing up. My great grandfather Baldwin was a missionary who became of member of the American Colony and raised his children there for a while. I felt I was carrying on some of his work when I went to Jerusalem for interreligious unity. If you are interested in the history of this unique group of religious pilgrims, the cemetery is a special place to visit and consider the challenging life they chose to live.
Located in a quiet neighbourhood of downtown Jerusalem near the original Bezalel Art School, this congregation was founded in 1925.
The present congregation, reinstituted in 1996, is a member of the Baptist Convention of Israel and is affiliated with ...
The British General Gordon visited Jerusalem in 1883 and was convinced this was the true tomb of Christ, especially since
it sits on a skull like rocky ledge outside the Old City walls. Most historians now believe the tomb ...