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Polish Newspaper, 2014

In 2014 the Gidonim project was covered by the Polish press in Czestochowa.

Alon Goldman, 2014

At the end of 8 days of hard work we uncovered and documented approximately 900 gravestones which after processing the data will be posted on the website of the school… Read more

Alon Goldman, 2014

On behalf of Czestochowa Descendants in Israel and all over the world I want to thank the Gidonim, a wonderful bunch with high-quality youth that Israel can be proud of them… Read more

Alon Goldman, 2015

Yesterday morning we took a break from the hard work in the cemetery and the students from Reut high school from Jerusalem learned about the Jewish history of Czestochowa and followed the community that no longer exists. We visited the deportations square at Strażacka street… Read more

Alon Goldman, 2015

The work this year has been particularly difficult. The plots we reached were covered with tangled vegetation that it was necessary to clean if you want to start to locate the tombstones. Most of the tombstones were broken, some upside down, which required great physical effort to view the headstone to be able to document, in many cases the letters of the Mazeva was covered with earth and only after excavation it was possible to expose and document it. There were cases that in order to get the name it was necessary to build a puzzle from small fragments of stone from the tombstone, but as Dani Kahn said: “they were not willing to give up in any situation if they can save a memory of a soul in Israel”… Read more

Sigmund Rolat

Gidonim had and exciting meeting today with Mr. Sigmund Rolat who came to visit in the Jewish Cemetery of Czestochowa… Read more

Josefow

The greatest challenge working at this cemetery was the steepness of the hill but the disarray and the size also contributed. We worked tirelessly for two long days finishing at eight o’clock at night but we finished. We stood at the top of the hill for the memorial ceremony at nightfall on Tuesday and we could really see what we had done… Read more

Zvika Welgreen

For the first time in my life I went to visit my grandfather’s grave – the source of my name – Zvi Menachem Welgreen 29/05/1861- 05/10/1912. I did not believe it would happen, the tomb was found intact… Read more

Rachell Kakoun

The feeling of satisfaction after digging for hour after hour and finding a matzeiva that is whole with a name that we revealed is amazing. We knew that if we did not do this work, that the matzeiva would be lost forever. That realization drove us and pushed us to work to our maximum.

The Gidonim mission was one of the strongest experiences that my friends and I have ever had. Knowing that we had taken care of almost a thousand, matzievot has changed how I look at life. In one week, I did one of the most significant acts of my life… Read more