Kishinev “Doyna” Cemetery Project

Project Leader:

Yefim Kogan

JewishGen Liaison/Advisor:

Nolan Altman


Project Synopsis

Approximately 10,000-11,000 tombstones are in Kishinev's “Doyna” Cemetery, in Chişinău, Moldova. This is one of two cemeteries where Jews were buried in Kishinev. Soon after this project is complete, we are going to work on Main Jewish Cemetery, containing about 16,000 burials.

The purpose of this project is to photograph all gravestones. The translated index together with gravestone photographs will be added to the JOWBR, where researchers can obtain the information free of charge.

The first portion of the index has already been translated by Terry Lasky, with about 3,300 records.


Key Audiences

This project will allow researchers of Bessarabian Jewish family history to create or fill gaps in their family trees, and learn more about their families' Jewish heritage.


Project Importance

The JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry(JOWBR) is a searchable database comprised of individual burial records, tombstone photographs, and descriptions of individual cemeteries. As of December 2013, JOWBR contains more than two million burial records from 4,200 cemeteries in 83 countries. New cemetery records are added to JOWBR on a regular basis. This project will expand the JOWBR database by approximately 10,000-11,000 tombstones.

Jewish cemeteries throughout the world are threatened with vandalism and even extinction. It is vitally important to preserve information about existing Jewish cemeteries so future generations will have the benefit of this aspect of our cultural heritage. There is another problem with Jewish burials in Kishinev. Because of the shortage of burial spaces, people who have loved once buried in these cemeteries should pay about $10 annual fee, and that is without any service. For graves for which there are no payments, the authority could remove the monument and bury someone else instead.


Project Description

We have contacted is Pavel Tuev, who will send us photographs all the graves in the Kishinev “Doyna” cemetery. He also sent us the full registry for this cemetery, which is written in Russian. After getting the registry, a team of people will first translate and reformat the records, or possibly we will use automatic translation. Every photograph will be connected to the corresponding record.


Estimated Cost

We will know exact number of gravestones later, when the indexing is complete, but approximate number is 11,000.

The cost for 100 photographs is $35. Therefore the total cost will be $3,850 for 11,000 photographs, plus about $100 for money transfer.



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