These impressive gardens and monuments were meticulously and painstakingly maintained by the local population just one generation ago. The decline in Jewish population since the Holocaust, and subsequent immigration have left few to care or to remember. Fewer local funerals have also led to diminishing income for the cemetery, whose restoration needs continue to compound.
Experts estimate renewal needs at 378,000 man hours of clearing, trimming and building, in order to prevent future damage from roots and trees. This translates into 200 people working for a year, or less manpower over the course of several years.
How can you help?
Friends of the Budapest Jewish Cemetery was established as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization to embrace the ambitious task of rescuing and restoring this important historical landmark for future generations. Its mission is to utilize the cemetery as a proud monument and accessible educational site for the promotion of tolerance, and to ensure a vibrant and lasting link between Hungarian Jewish descendants around the world and their rich heritage.