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Jewish Cemetery (Kirkut)
The Jewish Cemetery in Narewka, the only surviving visible evidence of the local sacred Jewish material culture, was also used as a burial ground by Jews from neighboring shtetls, including Bialowieza and Hajnówka.
For the location of the Jewish Cemetery, see Map of Narewka at the beginning of the XX century and Narewka - Jewish cemetery (On Panoramio website).
    Images on Narewka KehilaLinks (ShtetLinks) Site:
(Cemetery Photos from June 2016) - Courtesy of Kenneth Altman

    Chronology of Cemetery Work:

2000:  Katarzyna Bielawska, an Orthodox Christian Pole from Narewka's Culture Center,  organized local schoolchildren to clear up and fence the abandoned and overgrown Jewish cemetery in Narewka. Bielawska received an award of recognition by the Israeli Embassy and the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation for her work in preserving and honoring Jewish heritage. (See also article by Ruth E. Gruber, "Around the Jewish World: Poles Recognized for their Work in Saving Remains of Jewish culture," Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 24 Jul 2000.)
2005-2006:  Inmates from Hajnowka Prison participated in "Atlantyda" (Atlantis) project led by Artur Cyruk to clean up the nearby Jewish cemetery in Narewka as part of an effort toward education and rehabilitation; work was performed in cooperation with the Rabbinical Commission for the Jewish Cemeteries. (See also, "News Brief," Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 30 Jun 2005.
2006-2007:  Israeli students helped clean up the Jewish cemetery in Narewka in a project coordinated by the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland and the Yad LeZehava Holocaust Research Institute.

Sign at Narewka Cemetery