Helkat Mehokek #galicia


Billie Stein <billie.stein@...>
 

'Helkat Mehokek' is a collection of 4 booklets by Asher Leib
Brisk published in 1913. It includes copies of tombstone
inscriptions >from part of the Mount of Olives cemetery in
Jerusalem.

The Israel Genealogical Society (IGS) is proud to announce that
Helkat Mehokek has been completely indexed and digitiized. The
result is a bi-lingual (Hebrew-English) searchable database of
8,092 tombstones, mostly covering the period of 1740-1906, while
the earliest inscription dates >from 1646.

There are 1,500 graves of Sephardim and 6592 of Ashkenazim, many
of them originally >from Galicia.

The inscriptions listed by Brisk cover graves >from the top part
of the Mount of Olives Cemetery, a part that has totally been
destroyed under Jordanian rule (1948-1967) to make room for the
building of a hotel and a road. The destruction of the tombstones
thereby makes this work the only source for some of this
information. Some of the information can be found in records of
the various Hevrot Kadisha in Jerusalem.

Before searching the database, IGS team highly recommends reading
the instructions preceding the search engine.

The database is located on the IGS English website at:
http://www.isragen.org.il/siteFiles/1/153/4977.asp

and on the IGS Hebrew website at:
http://www.isragen.org.il/siteFiles/13/79/5778.asp

Billie Stein
President, Tel Aviv Branch - IGS

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