April 23, 2018

Halachic and engineering surveys by ESJF in Western Ukraine

ESJF has launched halachic and engineering surveys in Western Ukraine in advance of preservation projects in the region.

Today, ESJF rabbinical and engineering surveys began in Western Ukraine with a visit to the Jewish cemetery in Busk, Lviv oblast. The surveys were led by ESJF Chief Engineer Hryhoriy Arshynov and Rabbi Moshe Hershaft from the Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe (CPJCE).

This historical Galician cemetery is one of the oldest surviving in the region and contains the oldest matzeva found in Ukraine, dated 1520 and belonging to one Rabbi Yehuda ben Yakov, who died on Kislev 3rd, 5281.

Other surveys this week are to take place at Dubno, Buchach, Chortkiw, Kozova, Nadvirna, Pechenezhyn, Nyzhny Stanivtsy, and Vizhnitsya, among other historically significant sites.

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