The Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe has announced the launch of a new initiative — the European Jewish Cemeteries Advisory Network (EJCAN).
The launch coincides with the launch of JHE’s new JHE Jewish Cemetery Forum, a dedicated section of our web site pulling together news, information, resources, and insights on Jewish heritage preservation, restoration, research, and study.
EJCAN is a group of more than 30 international experts representing a range of professional skills and expertise related to Jewish cemeteries who can be contacted for advice on a number of issues. These include (but are not limited to):
— maintenance of burial grounds
— cleaning of tombstones
— documentation of tombstones and epigraphy
— protection of boundaries
— Halachic (Jewish law) questions
— visitor access to cemeteries
— religious pilgrimage
— restitution issues where relevant
— commemoration ceremonies
— archaeological implications of cemeteries
— modern buildings on cemeteries, etc.
If you have a specific query for EJCAN, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
— EJCAN does not handle genealogy research or queries
— the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe does not fund the maintenance, restoration or documentation of burial grounds.
The launch of EJCAN follows directly on from an international cross-disciplinary conference in Vilnius in October 2015, which was supported by the Foundation, and where the preservation, restoration and documentation of Jewish cemeteries in Europe was widely discussed.