Bessarabia SIG #Bessarabia 2019 JewishGen conference in Cleveland (3) #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan

Hi everybody,

this is my third message about the conference. You probably know by now
that for me Cemetery projects are most important among any other projects
we are doing. The reason is simple, the cemeteries are disappearing...
Because of that I went to a number of events related to cemetery
reconstructions, grave indexing and a like.

==West Side Cemeteries Tour (Monday). I do not have anyone in my family
buried in Cleveland, but I was interested to talk to cemetery caretakers
- Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and see how the graves are maintained
and fixed if needed. We visited cemeteries >from the very old to a modern,
some located in what used to be Jewish neighborhood and others are located
in non-Jewish area, where Jews never lived. I was really surprise to hear
that in such cases the non-Jewish communities are taken care of the
graves! I hope that in Bessarabia/Moldova similar can be done. I also
like to drive many miles throughout town into many different places, which
I would never see myself.

==Jewish Cemetery Restoration in Eastern Europe, meeting/dinner (Tuesday).
I decided to join this group to learn methods of reconstruction Jewish
cemeteries and graves. Most of attendants were interested in Poland and
followed "Projects of The Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland". I asked
people several questions:
1) if we know that a cemetery existed in a place, and was completely
destroyed, and now there are houses built on that location or it is now a
potato fields, What to do with such places?
2) If a writing on a grave is almost destroyed, how best to clean it,
being able to read it.

I received many interesting replies and hopefully some of them we could
use. If you have any ideas, please let us know too. I would be glad to
hear you. After the conference Jeff Miller who was an organizer of that
event, created a Facebook group called "Friends of Jewish Cemetery
Restoration in Eastern Europe".

==How to Improve Data for JOWBR (JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial
Registry) (Thursday), presented by Madeleine Isenberg. It was
interesting to hear how other people are working at the cemeteries

Please let me know if you have any questions, ideas. It would be great
to hear >from you.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
JewishGen Bessarabia SIG Leader and Coordinator

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