Graves in Belz, Ukraine, Jewish cemetery? #rabbinic #ukraine #records

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

The town of Belz, Ukraine (pre-WWII in Poland, pre-WWI in Galicia) is of course famous for being the seat of the Belzer hassidic rabbinical dynasty, and with the tombstones of the first, second and third Belzer rebbes and some of their close relatives preserved there, the otherwise dilapidated Jewish cemetery has apparently become a site of pilgrimage in recent decades. Many photos of the famous rebbes' graves are online, and some of these show quite a few OTHER tombstones in the background among the grass and weeds in the cemetery, but I can never find any information on those other not-so-famous graves, so I am wondering if anyone has documented or indexed them or knows of any site where they might be documented or indexed. 

I am asking because two of my great-grandparents lived and died in Belz before World War II, and it stands to reason that they would have been buried in that cemetery. There are no surviving Jewish BMD records for the town, so I am really desperate for any information! 

Thank you in advance to anyone who responds.

Yours Sincerely,
Miriam BULWAR David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.

FYI, my late grandmother, Miriam BULWAR nee FRENKIEL, was born in Belz in 1910; her parents were Todres FRENKIEL, who was apparently a rabbi or a shochet who died around 1925-1930, and Rachel nee VERLIEBTER, who died in or shortly after childbirth, around 1912-1915.

Jeffrey B. Palmer, MD

I cannot answer your question but I can empathize because we have similar issues with my own family.

I want to mention the wonderful Yiddish song “Belz, mein Shtetele Belz.” I love that song!


Jeff Palmer
Researching PINKOWITZ (Bessarabia), DOKTOR (Bohemia), HARFENIST (Galicia), WEINSTEIN (Russia, New York, Baltimore)

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

Several people have written to me about the song "Mein Shtetele Belz," so I am replying publicly about that. I know that song well and love it too. However, although it has come to be associated with "my" Belz, the one in Galicia/Poland/Ukraine, it was apparently originally not written about that town at all, but about Beltz, now called Balti, in Bessarabia/Moldova.

My question remains: Does anyone know of any documentation of the graves in the Belz (Ukraine) Jewish cemetery, other than the famous rabbis' graves? 

All the best,
Raanana, Israel.

Shlomo Katz

I have a (Hebrew) book called "Tel Talpiot: Ha'Ir Belz B'Tifartah" which has a list of 35 tombstones in the Belz cemetery.

Feel free to email me privately with the names you are interested in.

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring, Maryland

Janis and Joe Datz

My husband's grandparents lived in Kopaigorod (yet often some of their records indicate Beltz).  The family names are LEVOVICH and DATZ.  Many thanks.

Janis Datz