Please support the independent, civic, volunteer action for saving an abandoned jewish cemetery of Tállya, in Hungary! We already started the project, and now we would like to continue to finish the renovation!
We organize a two 2-days events in September and October at the beautiful and very unique jewish cemetery of Tállya, which cemetery is the last reminders of the jewish community that once thrived there.
We already had one event in September where we started the renovation process during 4 days. Due to the size of the cemetery (~1 hectar) and the heaviness of the work, we will continue the volunteer restoration work at Tállya in October.
(The cemetery of Tállya as it was, in a completely abandoned state, before the first renovation)
(Cemetery renovation in progress...)
During these four days, mostly non-jewish volunteers from all over the country will come with a lot of passion and enthusiasm to work on renovating the cemetery that are abandoned for many decades now and close to destruction. During the work at the cemetery, we will cut the highly grown grass, remove the weeds, clean the graves, renovate the fences around the cemetery and make a small documentary movie on the renovation project to show the initiative and hopefully inspire others to follow this example!
(Just the part of the team, who managed to stay till the end of the day)
(Cleaning the matzevot)
(We even uncovered some so far hidden, very unique and rare sephardic style tombstones!)
(Almost the full team, having a lunch break - the menu was of course, cholent)
The cemeteries each have more than 100 graves, including the graves of two tzadik (righteous person / wonder rabbi) Moshe Leib Segal Lits, and his son Arieh of Tállya, and we even discovered around 15 very rare and unique sephardic style tombstones that was covered by grass and soil. There are still much to do in the cemetery to renovate it completely, therefore now we collecting for the second renovating action in October!
We believe, that it is also our responsibility, as hungarian citizens to take care of the built cultural/religious heritage of the country and don't let it go to waste, since because of the Soa, there are no jews live in Tállya, and there are no relatives and descendants who could take care of the cemetery.
We only need your support to cover the transportation, acommodation meals and drinks of the 15-20 volunteers. Help us with the price of a meal and a drink for two days / person (around 5000-7000 forint) in order to realize the project and save a unique jewish cemetery!
More details and video about the cemetery here (you can turn on the english subs!)