“Every town and village has its own chapter in Jewish history,” wrote Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, the sixth Rebbe of Chabad. “Thus, for example, for 102 years Lubavitch was the seat of four generations of Chabad Rebbeim – the focus of Chabad Chassidus for hundreds of thousands of chassidim throughout Russia and elsewhere.” In 1915, as World War I engulfed Europe, the fifth Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn, evacuated his court from the village and settled in Rostov-on-the-River-Don. “Nevertheless,” as his son and successor, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak, went on to say, “the name ‘Lubavitch’ will always be bound up with Chabad Chassidus and will ever awaken sweet memories, and portray a wonderful chapter in Jewish history.”
The project of fencing the cemetery in Lubavitch, begun by ESJF and Geder Avos was completed in 2018.
In 2019 Geder Avos began a massive restoration project of the interior of the cemetery, including cleaning and discovering nearly 700 tombstones that had been buried in the ground. Also included in this project is the restoration of the synagogue and Ohel at the cemetery, and the discovery and restoration of the Ohel of the Rebbetzins of Lubavitch. In 2020 Geder Avos will also fence and clean up the older cemetery in Lubavitch that had been used in the 17th century.
The entire Lubavitch restoration project is fully sponsored by Mr. Joseph Popack of New York.
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