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Saving European Jewish Cemeteries

My little Temple in north Texas and my small congregation does not face the same problems faced by European Jews in many countries.

Yes, we have a cemetery. But we don't have many thousands of aging grave sites requiring enormous investments of time and money to reconstruct, maintain and protect. Old European Jewish cemeteries are deteriorating, leaving many small congregations with  very expensive and emotional issues. Jewish populations have declined dramatically , and at the same time their cemeteries are crying for attention.


The JTA article mentions legislation requiring governments to contribute to repair and maintenance:

"Last year, the Council of Europe adopted a nonbinding resolution placing responsibility for the care of Jewish cemeteries on national governments.

The resolution was based in part on a report by the special rapporteur for Jewish cemeteries, Piet de Bruyn, who wrote that Jewish cemeteries are “probably” more vulnerable because of the small size of the communities.

The report also noted instances of cemeteries in Eastern Europe that have been turned into “residential areas, public gardens, leisure parks, army grounds and storage sites; some have been turned into lakes.”

The article also describes the efforts of one American to ease the burden on European Jewish congregations:

"In New York, Michael Lozman, an orthodontist whose parents were born in Belarus, founded the Restoration of Eastern European Jewish Cemeteries Foundation, which has brought hundreds of American college students to restore cemeteries in Belarus and Lithuania with money raised from private donors. The students spend two weeks restoring one or more Jewish cemeteries along with non-Jewish local students."

Lozman's foundation accepts donations via PayPal on his website, or by check to his listed address.
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