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The Jewish Cemetery in Shumsk

As a result of the concerted efforts of Gita Inbar, Rachel Karni, Yehuda Lerner, Shimshon Bahat, Benyamin Hofshi, and Mickey Amsel (all of them Israeli descendents of Shumsk), Shumsk resident Albert Shafir, and people who offered financial support for the project, a permanent fence was erected in December 2007 around the Jewish cemetery in Shumsk.  The Jewish cemetery, which goes back several centuries, was once at quite a distance from the center of town.  However, the newer part of Shumsk, which is now its busiest part, has grown up quite close to the cemetery. The cemetery is surrounded by industrial and residential development, and many graves succumbed to this development a number of years ago.  The fence surrounding the cemetery will help prevent further destruction. For information on the project, click here. Below are recent images.   And click here for individual photos of all of the existing Shumsk gravestones, with English translation of the inscriptions.




Below are photographs of some of the better preserved tombstones, taken by Mel Werbach and Ann Roman on their visits to Shumsk.


Shumsk cemetery

Shumsk cemetery

Shumsk cemetery

Shumsk cemetery

Shumsk cemetery

Shumsk cemetery

Shumsk cemetery

The images below are of how the Jewish cemetery in Shumsk appeared on a visit by Howard Freedman in 1999, before the establishment of the fence.  About a third of the graves were covered over by thicket and trees.  Ironically, the trees and overgrowth have actually offered protection to some of the stones from the elements.


This is the best preserved section of the cemetery, with most of the headstones standing.

This is a more typical section, with most of the headstones missing.