History of Cemetery Restoration

The Jewish Cemetery

This isolated, urban Jewish Cemetery is located on a hillside directly off a public road with adjacent commercial and residential properties. A recently installed, decorative, wrought iron fence encloses 1,230 18th to 20th century gravestones. The stones are constructed from marble, granite, limestone, sandstone and other materials, and either finely smoothed and inscribed or carved with relief decoration. The cemetery is 2,146 feet (654 meters) of grass, gravestones, and multi-stone monuments with Hebrew and German inscriptions.

Restoration: Phase 1

Prior to August 2005, the grounds were overgrown and inaccessible. Every gravestone was in disrepair. In August 2005, Phase 1 of the restoration began. The Heritage Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries (HFPJC) acting on behalf of Emil Fish- worked in conjunction with the Central Union of Jewish Religious Communities in the Slovak Republic (UZZNO) to clear the grounds and make them accessible. Phase 1 is completed. From September 2005 to May 2006 the grounds were inspected twice and maintenance was deemed satisfactory.

Extensive Cleaning in Progress

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Visit our Photo Gallery to see images of the cemetery before, during, and after Phase 1 restoration

Restoration: Phase 2

    Phase 2 has also been completed.

Wild overgrowth cleared in 2005 sponsored jointly by Bardejov descendant Emil Fish and Bratislava Jewish Community

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  • New concrete foundations were laid
  • Many of the 1,230 stones were straightened, re-cemented, or re-erected, including some stones in the ohel
  • The graves were catalogued
  • Each grave was photographed
  • The catalogue of all the headstones and individual photos of each headstone were made available on the Bardejov Jewish Preservation Committee website
  • All this work was completed by 2008
Images by the Heritage Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries, www.hfpjc.org

Restoration: Phase 3 - Fencing

In 2009 a new fence was erected around the entire perimeter of the cemetery replacing the former, unsightly fence of concrete, metal, and brick. The new fence is black wrought iron and has decorative Star of David motifs in the center of each section.


Maintenance and Upkeep

Residents of Bardejov, with long connections to the Jewish cemetery, cut the grass and do regular maintenance at the cemetery. They will be taking digital photographs of their regular grass cutting and maintenance an you will be able to see them here on our website.