The old Neologue cemetery, the largest of the three Jew cemeteries in Arad, preserves the remains of more than ten thousand of our forefathers.
Beyond its spiritual significance, this cemetery, by the extraordinary beauty and diversity of its architectural monuments, is more than a place of collectedness, having valences to become an important tourist attraction of Arad.
In a short historic time, since its first documented mention in 1717 for the acceptance of the first two Jewish families settling in the city until after World War II, when the Jewish population of Arad numbered 12,000 souls, the community has brought an important contribution to the development in all areas of the city.
Along with many anonymous contributors, the cemetery is the resting place for many personalities whose names are inscribed with gratitude in Arad’s historiography. Here lies the famous rabbi and reformer, Aaron Chorin, known throughout Eastern Europe, who had a huge contribution to the integration of Jews into civilian life of the city.
Here are the final resting places of the founders of Neumann Dynasty, whose industrial development of Arad owes a lot, and also of the first president of the chamber of commerce of Arad, of some well known doctors, engineers, architects, merchants, craftsmen, sculptors, lawyers, musicians and journalists.
Currently, our community is numerically low, the average age being of nearly 60 years, with an insignificant number of children and low income possibilities. Under these circumstances, one of our concerns is to leave the posterity the real imagine of a valuable community, an image to be preserved and cared for with proper respect.
Unfortunately, over time, many tombstones were damaged and require extensive restoration. So are the doorways and fences. On the other hand, given the cemetery specific of garden and park, its maintenance of vegetation requires an ongoing effort.
Because the cemetery has been growing without an initial well structured plan, by the diversely and successively created parcels, orientation and finding specific monuments in the cemetery is particularly difficult. As such, it is necessary to create an information system, an orientation system and afterwards placing the signposts.
At September 18, 2016 an article about the restoration of the Jewish Cemetery in Arad on the Jewish Heritage Europe web page has been published. You can read the article at the following link:
All these works require significant financial resources, which the community lacks. Any donation is welcome for this purpose.
We appeal primarily to those from Arad and their descendants, but also to any other person who cherishes such actions.
COMUNITATEA EVREILOR ARAD
Bank Account USD: RO90BTRL00202205D60943XX
Bank Account EUR: RO41BTRL00204205D60943XX
Bank Account RON: RO66BTRL00201205D60943XX
Bank: Banca Transilvania – Sucursala Arad
Swift Code: BTRLRO22ARAD
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