(JTA) — A project to restore about 1,500 Jewish cemeteries was launched in Ukraine.
The project, sponsored by the Chevra Kadisha organization and spearheaded by the Jewish community of Zhitomir, will begin by inventorying the Jewish cemeteries in Ukraine, according to the Federation of Jewish Communities of the former Soviet Union. The project’s office opened last week in Zhitomir.
Many of the Jewish cemeteries that are to be part of the project are located in towns and villages where there is no longer a Jewish community or just a few Jewish residents. Some of the cemeteries have been the target of anti-Semitic attacks and vandalism.