Smila Old Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Cherkasy
District
Smila
Settlement
Smila
Site address
Smila Old Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
49.23773,31.90195
Perimeter length
768 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
no
Type and height of existing fence
Type of the fence
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery. The cemetery is in poor condition. Dry bush thickets and fallen fences around the graves has rendered many of the tombstones almost inaccessible. There are numerous bones scattered around the cemetery. Clearance and fencing are required.
Number of existing gravestones
600
Date of oldest tombstone
1900
Date of newest tombstone
1970
Urgency of erecting a fence
High
Land ownership
Property of local community
Preserved construction on site
There is an ohel dedicated to Rabbi Isa' (Isaiah) of Dinovitsy (Dunaivtsi), a student of Baal Shem Tov who died in 1794.
Drone surveys
No

Historical overview

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. It appears on an old Russian maps since 1860s so it can be assumed that the cemetery emerged in the mid 19th century. The oldest preserved matzevah among existing found relates to the late 19th century.

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