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
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.
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.