Surveys in Moldova

ESJF 2019/20 surveys in five European countries

Orhei Jewish Cemetery

Perimeter map:

Orhei Jewish Cemetery map


Site Address:
Located between Strada Unirii Street and Strada Tudose Roman Street. The entrance is next to 32, Stradela Unilirii Street.
GPS coordinates:
47.38597, 28.81711
Perimeter length:
1,110 meters
Is the cemetery demolished:
Type and height of existing fence:
Yes. The cemetery is surrounded by an old and partially ruined masonry wall between one and 1.5 metres height.
General Site Condition:
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery. The cemetery is operational. Some parts are well-maintained, and some are very overgrown. The local Jewish community takes care of the site. On the western side, the wall is broken, the territory is littered and there are gas pipes which run through the cemetery’s territory.
Number of existing gravestones:
Around 10,000 - 15,000
Date of Oldest Tombstone:
1778 (oldest tombstone found by ESJF expedition). Supposedly, the oldest tombstones date back to the 17th century.
Date of Newest Tombstone:
Urgency of erecting a fence:
The masonry wall should be repaired.
Traces of Vandalism:
Land Ownership:
Municipality/Property of local community
Preserved Construction on Site:
The cemetery site includes a house near the cemetery gate. Reconstructed after WWII, it may have been used as a beit-tahara.
Mass Graves on Site:
Yes. The cemetery site includes at least two mass graves from the Holocaust.
Drone surveys:

According to the local community of Orhei, this cemetery was used by Jewish communities from the surrounding areas, and each shtetl had its own plot.