JOWBR Breaks Through the 4 Million Record Mark! #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Dear JewishGen Community,

JewishGen is proud to announce its 2021 Summer update to the JOWBR (JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database.
Please visit to access the JOWBR database. If you’re a new JOWBR user, we recommend that you visit our screencast page at  and take a look at the first two explanatory screencasts.

This update, adds approximately 250,000 new records and 57,000 new photos.  The database is adding and/or updating 644 cemeteries.  This update brings JOWBR’s holdings to 4.11 million records and 863,000 photos from approximately 9,500 cemeteries / cemetery sections representing 138 countries!  
Once again, donors for this update include a mix of individuals, Jewish genealogical societies, historical societies and museums.  We appreciate all our donor’s submissions and the transliteration work done by a faithful group of JewishGen volunteers.  

Significant additions to JOWBR by country include:
  • Argentina – the AGJA submitted approximately 2,900 new records and 5,300 photos from 14 different existing and new JOWBR cemeteries, the majority from Buenos Aires.
  • Belarus – approximately 7,700 records, mostly from Chesed Shel Emet, the largest set from Vitebsk.
  • Canada – 7,600 records and 11,200 photos from new and existing cemeteries submitted primarily from the JGS of Montreal and the JGS of Toronto.
  • Czech Republic – approximately 2,000 records and 1,600 photos from 8 new and updated cemeteries, the largest set from Bzenec.
  • England – 2,800 records and 2,300 photos from 16 new and updated cemeteries, the majority of which are from Hazelrigg and London from the JCR-UK.
  • Lebanon – 3,200 records from Ras El Nabba Cemetery in Beirut from the Jeff Malka Collection.
  • Netherlands – added 105,800 mostly new records and burial permits from Amsterdam and Mulderberg submitted by Akevoth.
  • Romania –approximately 2,200 new records from 37 mostly new cemeteries.
  • Russia – added 7,400 records from 30 new and 5 updated Russian cemeteries, the largest sets from Perm and Saratov. 
  • Ukraine – 71,400 records from 19 new and 4 updated cemeteries, submitted largely by Chesed Shel Emet, the largest sets from Odessa, Dontetsk, and Belaya Tserkov.
  • United States - approximately 27,600 new records and 33,300 photos for 97 new and 63 updated cemeteries. Significant additions came from the Lasky Collection, JGS of Georgia, JGS of Greater Boston, and a number of dedicated individual volunteers and representatives of synagogues and historical societies.
Please see for a complete listing of all cemeteries in JOWBR. 
I want to particularly thank Eric Feinstein who has been helping me to find and gain permission to add many US and non-US records, especially worldwide veteran burials.  Eric’s group of volunteers includes Sandra Bennett, Lineke Bos, Malka Chosnek, George Goldschmied, Ann Meddin Hellman, Maurice Kessler, Hans Nord, Deborah Ross, Marylin Shalks, and Suzanne Tarica. In addition, a big thank you to our volunteer transliterators, led by Gilberto Jugend and Anya Givental, without whom we would not be able to add the information from some very difficult to read photos.
We appreciate all the work our donors have done and encourage you to make additional submissions.  Whether you work on a cemetery / cemetery section individually or consider a group project for your local Society, temple or other group, it’s your submissions that help grow the JOWBR database and make it possible for researchers and family members to find answers they otherwise might not.  Please also consider other organizations you may be affiliated with that may already have done cemetery indexing that would consider having their records included in the JOWBR database.
Our next update will include submissions received by November 30th for an update to be made by year-end.
Nolan Altman
JewishGen Director for Special Projects - JOWBR
August, 2021