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More Jewish Headstones Rescued Near the Old Cemetery

Our Lviv-based friends Vasyl Yuzyshyn and Sasha Nazar of the Lviv Volunteer Center of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Charitable Foundation “Hesed-Arieh” were in Rohatyn again yesterday, helping us by cutting and clearing wild vegetation at the old Jewish cemetery. Ця стаття також доступна українською. While they were working, a neighbor came over to alert them to Jewish headstone fragments she had…

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New Guide to Jewish Cemetery Preservation in Western Ukraine

The results of my 2019-2020 Fulbright project are now online and available to the public on a new website: “A Guide to Jewish Cemetery Preservation in Western Ukraine”. Ця стаття також доступна українською. Though initially more narrowly defined as a demonstration project for Jewish cemetery preservation in the region using Rohatyn’s “old” Jewish cemetery as example, it became clear once…

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Remembering Together, Though Apart

Due to the worldwide pandemic, Jay and I were unable this year to physically stand beside the memorial at the “vodokanal” Jewish mass grave site in Rohatyn to recite a prayer of remembrance for the more than 3,000 Jewish victims of the final liquidation of Rohatyn’s wartime Jewish ghetto on the anniversary. Instead, sheltering in place in northern California, we…

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Jewish Headstones Recovered from Demolished Cellar

Earlier this month, a Rohatyn resident uncovered more than half a dozen Jewish headstone fragments during a DIY home repair project. As he pulled building stones and rubble from the walls of an old cellar, Oleh Yefimovych was startled to turn over seven of the removed building-block-sized pieces to see Hebrew lettering and ornamental markings typical of Jewish headstones. His…

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RJH Annual Report 2019

This is a descriptive annual report for Rohatyn Jewish Heritage (RJH) covering the calendar year 2019 – in essence a year-in-review summary of our project progress and events, with an outline of our finances as well. To compare our progress in 2019 to our forecast of a year ago, see also our report for 2018. Most elements of this review…

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