June 30, 2017

After bones found at vandalized Ukrainian Jewish cemetery, ESJF arranges for immediate reburial

With the launch in April, 2017 of the ESJF European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative mass surveys and monitoring project of examining the current state of all Jewish cemeteries in Ukraine, ESJF site monitors in Poltava oblast located acts of vandalism and desecration at the Jewish cemetery in Pyriatyn, Poltavska oblast. Exposed bones were also found at the site.

We were immediately in contact with the nearest Jewish community in Kremenchug and thanks to the wonderful efforts of Kremenchug Rabbi Shlomo Salamon and the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Kremenchug-based charitable foundation “Hesed-Haim”, Yevgeniy Leshchinskiy, a minyan was hastily arranged and a reburial of the bones took place on Sunday, May 21st, in full accordance with Jewish tradition.

ESJF European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative expresses special gratitude for the assistance and cooperation to Rabbi Solomon, to the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Kremenchug-based charitable foundation “Hesed-Haim”, Yevgeniy Leshchinskiy, to the Deputy Mayor of Pyriatyn Ihor Shykerynets and to the head of the Jewish community of Pyriatyn, Larysa Shevchenko.

We also express our deep gratitude to Rabbi Moshe Rubin of the Geder Avos Jewish Heritage Group for all his assistance in facilitating this urgent reburial.

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