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. We are now building up on this conference in two ways:
- An online resource on cemeteries has been developed and is hosted by Jewish Heritage Europe, which collects news, information, contacts and best practices on the topic, and can be accessed here.
- The launch of the European Jewish Cemeteries Advisory Network (EJCAN) – an international group of experts representing a range of professional skills and expertise, EJCAN 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, 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 email@example.com.
Please note that the Foundation does not fund the maintenance, restoration or documentation of burial grounds.