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Mogilev Cemetery Restoration fund

$3,729 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 55 people in 6 months
Created July 22, 2018
My name is Yakov Pevzner. I was born in the former USSR republic of Belarus. Mogilev is my home town and even though I have been living in the USA for about 25 years, Mogilev will always be in my heart. Here in Mogilev I went to school. Here in Mogilev I have a lot of friends and classmates I still keep in touch with.  Here in Mogilev’s Jewish cemetery my grandparents are buried. 

Ancient tombstones in the Jewish cemetery of Mogilev, Belarus, are currently under the threat of complete destruction. This is particularly true for the tombstones left without the care of descendants, as many families perished under Stalin’s repressions and the Holocaust.

                Unfortunately, the current law in Belarus allows the destruction of ancient tombstones labeling them as "dilapidated" and "not subject to restoration" regardless of their cultural and historical value. The city authorities agree to postpone the destruction of monuments for 1.5 years until 2020. The Mogilev Jewish community made great efforts to preserve the memory of their ancestors. The cemetery was fenced to prevent the plundering of expensive stone monuments, and a photo catalog of the ancient part of the cemetery was created. It is available online at http://mogjewshistory.ru/page3  .
The area of the cemetery is periodically cleaned by local and international volunteers.

                However, this is not enough to preserve historical matsevot. The Jewish community is attempting to get historical and cultural monument status to the ancient part of the cemetery. Such a status will oblige the state to protect the tombstones. In order to receive this status, WE must carry out restoration work in the cemetery by repairing more than 100 monuments damaged by time or vandalism. This requires much more money than we have.

             This is where YOUR help makes a difference.  If you value Jewish heritage and believe in its timeless contribution to the world culture, please support these efforts by making a donation.

All your contributions will go directly to “Mogilev Cemetery Restoration fund”.
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Update 9
Posted by Yakov Pevzner
4 days ago
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Mogilev announced a popular vote for the person of the year.
https://news.tut.by/society/622739.html

One of the nominees is a member of our fundraising team Alex Litin.
Many of you know him as one the authors of “Istoriya Mogilevskogo Evreystva” (Mogilev's Jews History). http://mogjewshistory.ru/service

Alex is nominated for studying the history of Jews in Mogilev and publishing the photo album about the city of Mogilev.
https://mogilevnews.by/news/06-06-2018-20-02/50940?fbclid=IwAR0KHRRje9Y48CnogDczSWLnXssJSqnH6q40CKjXzdxIcHCSUY_k8aZfifA

Please join me to support his nomination.
You can cast your vote here (scroll down and click “Vote”):
http://mahistrat.org/2019/01/14/332/
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Update 8
Posted by Yakov Pevzner
7 days ago
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During the restoration work at the Mogilev Jewish cemetery, we found this amazing tombstone. As you can see from the photo, it is in a bad condition.
We want to thank our friends Alexandra Fishel, Kate Malakhova, and David Oleg Lisovsky who made a translation of the epitaph and a brief historical study.

Here is the translation of the inscription: “Dear man Rabbi Nathan (?) Son of Meshulam ha-Levi Horowitz from the town of Piotrkow Trybunalski, grandson of the famous rabbi Meshulam Halevi Horowitz, a descendant of the Gaon Izhak Halevi Horowitz from Hamburg and Alexander Sender ben Ephraim Zalman Shor of Zhovkva (1673-1737), who was the author of a well-known treatise on the rules of ritual slaughter of cattle and kashrut "Tvuat Shor" .

The date of death on the tombstone has not been preserved, but Nathan Horowitz supposedly came to Mogilev during the First World War.

The gravestone needs urgent restoration.

Perhaps his descendants are alive. Maybe they or someone else will be interested in the restoration of this particular tombstone.
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Update 7
Posted by Yakov Pevzner
1 month ago
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In our previous update we mentioned beautiful monument of Zuckerman (Tsuckerman).
This is grave of Shmaryahu – son of Mordechai Zuckerman who was famous Mogilev merchant, banker and philanthropist. He was one of the richest and most respected citizens of the city, who died in 1878 at age of 61. Zuckerman was well educated, religious, engaged in charity. Together with several other families, he organized social support for the poor, the sick and the needy, investing in hospitals, educational institutions, etc.
In the middle of the 19th century, they bought at auction the ruins of the former palace of the Catholic Archbishop Bogush-Sestrentsevich. The building was restored and donated to the Jewish community of Mogilev. There was opened a synagogue and named after the donor - "Tsukerman Synagogue". This building has survived to the present day in the city center. Now here is a children's gymnastics sports school.
The gravestone is made of an expensive stone by Israel Auerbach, a carver from Warsaw. It is decorated with intricate carvings with elegant architectural and floral motifs, complemented by bas-reliefs with six-pointed stars. The epitaph on the tombstone is no less complex and refined than the decor. The frame of the Hebrew text resembles a Torah scroll.
Few years ago this tombstone fell and broke into two parts. One of the most important events of this year is its restoration. The multi-ton gravestone was lifted from the ground by a crane and transported to restoration specialists for renewal.
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Update 6
Posted by Yakov Pevzner
1 month ago
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Work UPDATE.
During last two months people were working practically without any days off, trying to do as much as possible before ground gets frozen.
What's already done?
As you can see from the pictures, some pathways are laid. Some of the fallen monuments are installed back on pedestals. Others are extracted with a crane to strengthen the foundation. Tons of garbage, sand and shrubbery were removed. The beautiful marble monument of Zuckerman was taken for restoration.
Please look at the pictures.
Without you this work would not be possible.
Thanks a lot for your generosity and support.
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