The area assigned for the Jewish cemetery in Żółkiew was given to the Jews in 1600 by the town owner, Stanisław Żółkiewski. Earlier, the kehilla of Żółkiew was dependent on the kahal of Lviv, and so it buried its dead in the cemetery in Lviv. The cemetery in Żółkiew was established between 1600 and 1610, and existed until the outbreak of the Second World War. It was never renovated, and the oldest gravestone which was described and preserved till the time of the Second World War belonged to Icchak ben Abraham, who died in 1610. [[re:|S. Gąsiorowski, Chrześcijanie i Żydzi w Żółkwi w XVII i XVIII wieku, (Christians and Jews in Żółkiew in the 17th and 18th centuries), Polish Skills Academy, Cracow 2001, pp. 106-107]]

The cemetery was destroyed during the German occupation.[[re:|]]