Heritage Foundation for Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries (HFPJC), first began evaluating the Cemetery on Dec 12 2011.
The evaluated was initiated upon request of Rabbi Louis & Margaret Kestenbaum.
Once the evaluation request was submitted, HFPJC representatives set out to visit the site and provide a detailed report with accompanying photos on the condition of the grounds, enclosure and gravestones, naturally reporting any existing or potential threats to the cemetery. A highly important facet is determining the pre-war boundaries by comparing the current borders to cadastral, pre-war maps obtained from the local archives, to ensure that the original cemetery property has remained intact.
As a result of the analysis and assessment, HFPJC has produced the following Evaluation Report.
Upon receiving the request, the descendants, assisted by the dedicated staff at HFPJC, set out to raise the necessary funds to restore the cemetery. The fundraising was completed in Dec 16 2011.
HFPJC launched the restoration project on Dec 15 2011. The following restoration works were executed:
Upon completion of the cemetery restoration, HFPJC works with the families to arrange a viable maintenance plan for the cemetery. One cannot overstate how crucially important it is to ensure that a cemetery is maintained, both so that the wild vegetation, left to grow unchecked, doesn't overwhelm and damage the fence, as well as to prove to the locals that this is a place of honor and respect and should be treated as such. Maintenance can either be arranged privately through the family, scheduling periodic, on-site inspections by descendants or visitors, or the family may enroll the cemetery in the HFPJC Maintenance Program.
As a post-restoration service, HFPJC offers to photograph each restored gravestone, transliterate the information culled from the stones, and then catalogue the entire cemetery so that the descendants could receive a full index listing of those buried in the cemetery.
The HFPJC team is prepared to service all your cemetery-related needs.