New web site of European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative


Recently completed ESJF fence at  Jewish cemetery in Bohuslav, Ukraine. Photo: ESJF

Recently completed ESJF fence at Jewish cemetery in Bohuslav, Ukraine. Photo: ESJF

The recently established ESJF — European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative — has launched a web site where you can access information on its activities — fencing Jewish cemeteries in (mainly) Eastern and Central Europe; delineating their boundaries; and clearly identifying these sites as Jewish cemeteries.

The ESJF was set up as a German-based non-profit organization in early 2015. Funded in 2015 through a pilot grant of 1,000,000 euros from the German government the ESJF is currently working on some 30 individual protection projects in four European countries, all to be completed by the end of this year.

Brief reports on projects — including completed projects and planned projects — are posted on the web site, in a news section and in a section listing projects by country.

Photo: ESJF

Photo: ESJF

The most recent was the completion of fencing of the Jewish cemetery in Korshun Shevchenkivskyi, Ukraine, which was dedicated with a ceremony November 16. Taking part were Christof Weil, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ukraine, Josef Zissels, President of the VAAD umbrella organisation of Ukrainian Jewish communities, Oleksandr Haidai, Mayor of Korsun Shevchenkivsky, Gabriele Baumann, head of the Kiev office of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Hennadii Polishuk, First Secretary of the Israeli Embassy in Kiev,and Philip Carmel, ESJF Chief Executive Officer.

“It is not within the remit of this project to renovate or replace gravestones,” the web site states.

Instead, the ESJF’s mission is:

— Construction of protective perimeter walls or fences in at Jewish cemetery sites across Europe;

— Establishing clear and defined boundaries for cemetery sites;

— Placement of clear identification markers defining the sites as Jewish cemeteries;

— Signed agreements with local authorities, Jewish communities or site owners for long-term protection;

— Standardized procedure to attain best practice in engineering, budgeting and halachic criteria.

Access the ESJF web site

See the JHE report on the dedication of two projects by the EJSF and the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ)


New fence and gate at Jewish cemetery in Jozefov Bilgorajski. Photo courtesy of FODZ

New fence and gate at Jewish cemetery in Jozefov Bilgorajski. Photo courtesy of FODZ




5 thoughts on “New web site of European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative

  1. I’ll appreciate if you can take care of the cemetery at Chabanivka Ukraine. The cemetery is at the entrance to the village, near the water production plant.
    The village is on road E50, about 12 km west of Mukacheve.

  2. I would like to contact the European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative, but can find no email address or address. Can you provide it?

    Also are there any future sites planned for Lithuania?

  3. There are several cemeteries I am interested in. Have you finished work in any of the three? NagyKallo Hungary, Satoraljaujhely Hungary, Ungvar Hungary (old name) now now Ukraine Urozod (sp)
    If yiou have completed work in any of these cemeteries is there a lodst of names?
    Thank You,
    Geri Roth

    • As I noted in the post, please go to the new ESJF web site, where you will find a list of the cemeteries where they are or plan to be working.

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