In 2002, the Commission obtained the funds needed to restore a Jewish cemetery in Brody, a once-large town in western Ukraine. For centuries, Brody was one of the most historically significant centers of Jewish life in Eastern Europe. In the early 19th century, Jews comprised almost 90% of the population.
The cemetery is one of two that once served the town. The other is now an athletic field. The cemetery restoration is noteworthy because almost 3,000 inscribed and decorated gravestones -- many of them six feet tall -- have survived.
Extensive negotiations between representatives of the nearby Jewish Community of Lviv, assisted by the Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union, and the municipality of Brody resulted in recognition of the cemetery’s true boundaries and its religious significance.
Meylakh Sheykhet, who represents the Union of Councils in Ukraine, oversaw the project.