The ruined and long-abandoned Jewish cemetery in Novi Pazar, Serbia is under restoration sponsored by the city, and work should be finished this spring, according to local media. The work is being overseen by the city’s public utilities service.
An article in January in the newspaper Danas said work began in September last year and will continue in March. It said 20 grave sites can be identified, along with many other toppled monuments or their fragments. Part of the cemetery has long been built over by unauthorized structures. Plans were to enclosed the area and restore the 20 remaining gravestones, as well as create access paths with benches and lighting and erect a monument to the Jews who once lived in the city.
By December, two street sides of the cemetery had been enclosed by fencing incorporating images of the Menorah and star of David, Sandzakpress.net reported.
In her 2013/2016 article about Jewish heritage in Novi Pazar, the scholar Marina Mihajlovic noted that the cemetery had been officially declared a cultural monument by the Novi Pazar Municipality in 1987, and it was listed in the Central Register of Cultural Monuments of the Republic of Serbia in 1992.
She stated that the date of the establishment of the cemetery was unknown, but there were sources saying that it dated back at least two centuries. She described the state of the cemetery as desperate:
In 2017, an NGO produced a video about Jewish heritage in Novi Pazar, including the Jewish cemetery: