(JHE) — We are deeply saddened to learn of the recent death of Rabbi Abraham Ginsberg, the Executive Director of the London-based Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe (CPJCE). The CPJCE announced this month that he had died from a brief but severe undisclosed illness. He was 53.
“Rabbi Ginsberg’s contribution to the preservation of Jewish cemeteries in Europe was immense,” Philip Carmel, the ESJF’s CEO said.
He personally visited hundreds of sites over the years, in all conditions and in all seasons. And in his advocacy for their protection, often at the highest diplomatic and political levels, he never failed to accomplish his mission through friendly cooperation and total commitment. We deeply mourn his passing.
In the early 2000s, Rabbi Ginsberg was involved in the creation of a powerful memorial at the site of the Nazi death camp at Belzec, in southeast Poland, which was dedicated in 2004.
Later, he came to Vilnius where the Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe won the trust and appreciation of government authorities and community leaders and since 2009 has been key to protecting the graves of Jews in Vilnius, Kaunas, and elsewhere in Lithuania. He was a man of scholarship, dedication, and the utmost integrity. We will miss him.
Rabbi Ginsberg took part in two international conferences co-organized by JHE: the 2013 conference in Krakow on Managing Jewish Immovable Heritage, and the 2015 conference in Vilnius on Jewish Cemeteries.
He was born in 1968 in London, and lived and studied in London at the Mesifta Talmudical College, where he received his degree in Talmudical Studies. After his marriage to Lea Bollag of Zurich in January 1990, he continued advanced studies in Israel where he received his diploma and was ordained as Rabbi and lecturer. Following his return to London in 1998, he was appointed as Executive Director to the CPJCE, where he established close co-operation with various local and national Government leaders and was active in the passing of a resolution by the Council of Europe on Jewish cemeteries that recognized the CPJCE as an official body to consult regarding issues concerning Jewish cemeteries in Europe.
May his memory be for a blessing!