June 30, 2017

ESJF arranges immediate reburial of bones found at vandalised Ukrainian Jewish cemetery

While working on the ESJF mass survey and monitoring project, surveyors in Poltava oblast came across signs of vandalism and desecration at the Jewish cemetery in Pyriatyn, as well as exposed bones.

We immediately reached out to the nearby Jewish community in Kremenchug and, thanks to the wonderful efforts of Kremenchug Rabbi Shlomo Solomon and Yevgeniv Leshchinskiy, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Kremenchug-based charitable foundation “Hesed-Haim”, a minyan was hastily arranged. The bones were then reinterred on Sunday, May 21st, in full accordance with Jewish tradition.

ESJF wishes to express its gratitude to Rabbi Solomon and Mr Leschinkiy for their support and encouragement. Many thanks as well to Ihor Shkerynets, Deputy Mayor of Pyriatyn, and Larysa Shevchenko, head of the local Jewish community.

Finally, we would like to express our deep gratitude to Rabbi Moshe Rubin of the Geder Avos Jewish Heritage Group, for his invaluable assistance in facilitating this urgent reburial.

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