Jewish Heritage Europe

Launch of EJCAN — the European Jewish Cemeteries Advisory Network

Gravestones with representation of books. Siret, Romania


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


Please note:

— EJCAN does not handle genealogy research or queries

— the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe does not fund the maintenance, restoration or documentation of burial grounds.


Click here for further information on EJCAN


Detail of a tombstone in the Jewish cemetery at Hamburg Altona


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.




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