Kamianets-Podilskyi, whose Jewish history can be traced back as far as 1447, is home to 4 Jewish cemeteries. ESJF first visited this fascinating site, which dates back to at least 1800, in 2019, as part of our European Commission-funded pilot project, “Protecting the Jewish Cemeteries of Europe”, at which point it was found to be unfenced and overgrown, putting the 35 tombstones at risk.
In 2021 ESJF with the support of Geder Avos and American Jewish philanthropic organizations cleared the site, demarcated the boundaries, and erected a fence around the cemetery. The cemetery is located on an elevated plateau, so the ESJF construction team had to get creative, building a wooden crane in order to move materials up the hill.
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