Many Jewish properties located in Poland, such as synagogue buildings and cemeteries, are managed or held on behalf of the Polish Jewish community by Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ). For this reason, The Matzevah Foundation (TMF) is partnering with FODZ to care for and preserve the Jewish cemetery in Zambrów, Poland.
FODZ is the only institution in Poland that is officially dedicated to the task of recovering, preserving, and commemorating physical sites of Jewish significance. To date they have completed work in over 100 Jewish cemeteries in Poland. Their building revitalization activities involve some of the most important and prominent surviving Jewish structures in Poland, such as the synagogues in Kraśnik, Łańcut, Przysucha, Rymanów, Jarosław, and Przemyśl.
The vast majority of the more than 1,200 cemeteries surviving in Poland today still have no markers or commemorative plaques evidencing their pre-War Jewish past and purpose. Beginning in 2012 in the Jewish cemetery in Zambrów , TMF has worked hand-in-hand with FODZ, the Rabbinical Council for Matters of Jewish Cemeteries in Poland, and the local Zambrów community and its leadership to place a memorial stone, a matzevah, and plaque honoring the nearly 2,000 local Jewish people who died in the Shoah. TMF has worked to clean-up, renovate, discover and uncover buried matzevah for documentation, which was accomplished in the summer of 2013 by the Foundation for Documentation of Jewish Cemeteries (visit their Facebook page). Please visit the database for the Zambrów cemetery.
TMF is working to raise volunteer resources to build a new fence to restore and protect the cemetery. Read more about this important project regarding TMF’s work in Zambrów.
Both FODZ and TMF welcome and encourage partnerships and cooperative projects with individuals, families, groups, and institutions as it relates to their work.
If you have been wanting to get involved in saving a Jewish cemetery in a particular Polish ancestral town by erecting a memorial, marker, plaque, or fence, but did not know to whom to turn in Poland, FODZ may be able to help. They could possibly help with obtaining the necessary legal papers, permits, and approvals as well as helping to identify local artisans, designers, carpenters, and other professionals for hire. This is a great opportunity to get involved and make a difference in saving our precious Jewish heritage.
If you would like to learn more about FODZ projects or get involved to ensure that Poland’s rare survivors of its pre-war Jewish past are preserved for future generations, please visit the FODZ website.
You can also contact Marla Raucher Osborn of FODZ at: [email protected].
The Matzevah Foundation is proud to be a partner with FODZ and to work with them in caring for the Jewish cemetery in Zambrów. TMF will continue to cooperate jointly with FODZ by engaging in other important initiatives and projects in Poland as time and resources permit.