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Your Questions: the European Jewish Cemeteries Advisory Network (EJCAN)

Detail of 16th century Jewish gravestone, in Bologna, Italy

European Jewish Cemeteries Advisory Network (EJCAN)

The preservation, restoration and documentation of Jewish cemeteries in Europe was widely discussed at an international cross-disciplinary conference  in Vilnius in October 2015 supported by the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe.

Following on from thie conference, the Foundation has now launched the European Jewish Cemeteries Advisory Network (EJCAN).

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, including (but 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.