Candlesticks in Baligrod

In early June, I spent a few days in the southeastern tip of Poland, re-visiting Jewish heritage sites I had seen before in order to update my information, but also visiting places I had never been too. The  village of Baligrod is part of the Chassidic Route itinerary sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ). There is a Jewish cemetery on a hill overlooking the town — clearly marked by signposts from the village. The cemetery was restored in 2008, and the stones are in good condition — and there is even a trash can for visitors to deposite rubbish —  but when I visited the grass and weeds were chest-high (totally obscuring some of the stones), in sore need of cutting. Someone had clearly visited a short while before I did, though, as there were paths tromped through the grass and someone had piled stones and pebbles on many of the gravestones.

I found many beautifully carved stones, with a variety of candlestick shapes, ranging from crude but delicate incised images to more elaborate styles, some featuring candlesticks flanked by birds.

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All pictures (c) Ruth Ellen Gruber

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