Announcing our work in Poland
We've been waiting more than two years to say... we're going back to Poland!
As 2022 began, we felt like we could safely and confidently plan for Jewish cemetery restoration projects this summer. We started to contact our partners to begin plans. Our board had a loose schedule of possible work. It felt like a new day and we were all excited to be heading back to Poland!
Then Russia invaded Ukraine.
All planning was temporary put on hold as our concern moved to supporting our friends and partners in Ukraine and in Poland. Many were active from the first day in assisting Ukrainian refugees as they crossed into Poland. Like you, we've been inspired by the generosity and hospitality that Poland and other surrounding countries have displayed since the start of this war.
After some time went by, we reached out to our partners and they eagerly invited us to come to Poland this summer. They assured us that the work we do together to restore and preserve Jewish cemeteries and Jewish heritage remains vitally important. And so, we resumed our plans.
It is with great joy that we announce our upcoming projects. Each of these will be focused on cleaning and restoring Jewish cemeteries. We're excited to return to some familiar towns as well as to work in a few new locations, too.
June 7-12 Częstochowa Jewish Cemetery
Volunteers from The Matzevah Foundation will join Alon Goldman of the World Society of Częstochowa Jews, Fundacja Chrześcijańska “Adullam,” local high school and elementary school students and other volunteers from Częstochowa to clean and clear the Jewish cemetery. Plans include touring the former Jewish areas of the city and inviting members of the community of Częstochowa to join in the cleanup efforts on Sunday June 12.
June 13-19 Staffordshire University Field Course in Częstochowa and Krzepice Jewish Cemeteries
The Matzevah Foundation will once more cooperate with Dr. Caroline Sturdy-Colls, Staffordshire University (UK) and their students in a field course for learning and applying non-invasive archeological principles and techniques in the Jewish cemeteries of Częstochowa and Krzepice.
June 26-29 Markuszów Jewish Cemetery
In collaboration with the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ), Dan Oren and his organization Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland, TMF will return to Markuszów for a cemetery cleanup in preparation for a wall dedication ceremony.
June 30-July 1 Garwolin Jewish Cemetery
TMF will join the Rabbinical Commission for Matters of Jewish Cemeteries in Poland and local volunteers to clear and clean the Jewish cemetery in Garwolin.
July 6-15 JewishGen Future Scholars Fellowship in Przysucha Jewish Cemetery
JewishGen is conducting an immersive program in coordination with TMF and Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland. Fellowship participants will tour Jewish heritage sites in Warsaw, Lublin, Tarnow, and Krakow and will end their fellowship by joining their Polish peers led by Dr. Radosław Ptaszyński, professor of history at the University of Szczecin to help clean the Jewish cemetery in Przysucha as part of their study in Poland. We are thrilled to be a part of this second annual program and look forward to working with the JewishGen Future Scholars once more.
July 29-August 5 Oświęcim Jewish Cemetery
We are happy to return to Oświęcim and join our local friends and partners in clearing the cemetery of overgrowth. They have been coordinating yearly cleanings of the cemetery during COVID and we’re excited to return and support their continuing efforts.
For 2022, volunteer participation in our projects will be by invitation only.
We invite you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up with our planning and return to Poland this summer!