Last week, an ESJF project team of rabbinical and engineering inspectors led by FSU Projects Director Yana Yanover, ESJF Technical Officer Ihor Travianko, and Rabbi Abraham Ginsberg of CPJCE (London, UK) visited two Jewish cemeteries in Lyubavichi (Lubavitch), a village in the Rudnya district of Smolensk oblast, Western Russia. Lyubavichi was home to the first rabbis of the Chabad movement, and is the burial site of the third and fourth leaders of the famous hasidic dynasty.
The inspection was carried out by the ESJF team, in conjunction with Chabad’s special shaliach for the village, Rabbi Gordon Gavriel, and it was determined that both sites urgently require fencing. Meetings were then held with local authorities to secure planning permission for the necessary construction work.
The ESJF is partnering with the Geder Avos Jewish Heritage Group, under the direction of Rabbi Moshe Rubin. We look forward to commencing construction work on the sites soon.