Many projects are under way to protect, preserve and restore Jewish cemeteries across Europe. They are being carried out by Jewish communities and Jewish museums, as well as NGOs, private individuals, and others. Here are links to some of these projects and the organizations that carry them out.
(You can find further local links and links to individual cemetery projects in the individual country-by-country pages of JHE.)
Please let us know of other organizations, initiatives, and specific projects!
Fences Jewish cemeteries; carries out other work. Currently is engaged in an EU-funded project to survey and map Jewish cemeteries in a range of countries in Europe.
Within the framework of the European Commission’s call for a pilot project Protecting the Jewish cemeteries of Europe: A full mapping process with research and monitoring and individual costed proposals for protection, the ESJF was awarded 800,000 EUR to survey 1,500 Jewish burial sites across five European countries. In December 2019, it received another €1 million to continue surveys in 7 countries.
The Prague Jewish Museum, the Federation of Jewish Communities, and the Jewish Communities in Prague and Brno have been carrying out documentation preservation and restoration projects in Jewish cemeteries for many years.
Some specific projects:
A complex project begun in 2003.
Database, photographs and other material on Jewish cemeteries and other Jewish heritage sites in scores of towns, cities and villages, primarily in eastern Poland.
Database including transcriptions of inscriptions and photographs of gravestones in scores of Jewish cemeteries in Poland
Fencing; documentation; preservation in much of Poland.
Comprehensive web site documenting Jewish cemeteries in Poland, with lots of pictures
The Matzevah Foundation, a Baptist Christian foundation that sponsors restoration and clean up work in Jewish cemeteries in Poland.
Clickable descriptive list of dozens of Jewish cemeteries, some with pictures, put together by Dariusz Stankiewicz
Founded in 2001 with the restoration of the Ozarow cemetery
Extensive online documentation for Poland and parts of Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania. News and historical information. A project of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.