Sachkhere Old Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Site address
From Sachkhere city centre, proceed north-east via Sachkhere - Perevi - Ertso Lake. After passing Sachkhere stadium (visible on your left), drive 600 meters further and then turn left after the turn to Nozadze Street). Drive another 120 meters uphill towards Todadze fortress and turn right into Saakadze Street. The cemetery is located at No. 11, Saakadze Street (about 500 meters up the hill after a right turn.
GPS coordinates
42.34922, 43.42189
Perimeter length
238 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
The cemetery is partially fenced with metal mesh at a height of about two meters. The fence is damaged in many places. This fencing was funded by local residents who live in the neighbouring house, it requires repair and there is a need for fencing from all sides of the cemetery (currently it is fenced only on the side facing the street).
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is located between private houses. A neighbour takes care of the site, has organised partial fencing and removed the high grass. Nevertheless, it requires proper fencing and care, as the gravestones are almost invisible and barely possible to read.
Number of existing gravestones
About 50 (many are covered by grass and soil and are barely visible). The insriptions on the gravestones are barely visible. The cemetery requires cleaning which will hopefully allow the reading of dates on the gravestones.
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Land ownership
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

Sachkhere is a town in upper-Imereti, Western Georgia. Its history dates back to the Bronze Age. As a settlement, Sachkhere was first mentioned in the historical records in the 17th century as a strategic trading point on the Kvirila river.

While it is not known when and from where the first Jewish settlers came to Sachkhere, 19th century Georgian historian Zakaria Chichinadze believes the Jewish population came to Sachkhere from Kartli. On the other hand, there are sources which refer to the mutual migration process of Jews between Sachkhere and Kutaisi. Some of Sachkhere’s Jews were serfs during the feudal period. While most of Sachkhere’s Jewish population traditionally were involved in trade, some worked in agriculture. Most sources regarding Jewish life in Sachkhere date to the 19th century, which note that the Jews of Sachkhere did not have any separate district and lived throughout the town. As a result, there were 4 synagogues in the town, each in a separate district. Sachkhere’s synagogues date to the 19th century. According to archival documents from 1946, the wooden synagogue was built in 1901 and later the stone one in 1903. Most likely the Sachkhere’ Jewish cemetery was established around the same time.The oldest Jewish cemetery in Sachkhere is located in the village of Zeda Skhvitori, on the road towards the Todadze fortress. The cemetery likely dates to the 19th century. The gravestones are illegible.