Welcome to the website devoted to sharing the restoration process and the cataloguing of the Lunna, Belarus cemetery.

Project Preservation has been running annual trips to Jewish cemeteries in Europe.  To see the rest of Project Preservation's work, please view the Project Preservation homepage.

In June, 2005, around 2 dozen Dartmouth students and faculty traveled to Lunna, Belarus, to restore the old Jewish cemetery there.  They not only constructed a fence around the cemetery and cleaned up the area, but they also catalogued a large number of the headstones.  This website is a resource that shares the catalogued headstone information so that families and those who are curious can search the names on the headstones, read what the headstones say, and learn more about the Jewish history at Lunna.

Some headstones were unfortunately unreadable due to many years of weathering and deterioration, but many of the headstones that were readable are catalogued here, on this website, so that the information on them is available to everyone. 

A second trip to Lunna is being planned for June 2006 so that the restoration of the cemetery may be completed and all of the headstones may be catalogued.

This website has the following sections:

  • Headstone Name Search  Of all the headstones that were legible and catalogued, the family names on each headstone is transliterated and translated into English.  On this page you can browse two tables, one in alphabetical order of the transliteration of the family name, and the other in order of the translation of the name.  Next to each name is the date of death, the location on the map that the headstone is located, and a direct link to the picture of the headstone on the Headstone Photos + Translations page.
  • Headstone Photos + Translations  On this page you will find all of the photos taken of each catalogued headstone, its location on the map, a transcription of the Hebrew on the headstone, and the English translation.
  • Map of Cemetery  This page provides a large map of the cemetery divided into quadrants.  Clicking on a quadrant will bring up an enlarged view of that quadrant where you can find each headstone by its catalogue number.
  • Jewish History at Lunna  This page provides a general history of the Jews in Lunna and the information we could find about the cemetery.
  • Trip Photos  This page provides the photos taken of the restoration process.
  • Reflections  Thoughts shared by the participants during the June 2005 trip to Belarus.


All work copyright 2005 Dartmouth Hillel.  Translations, Transcriptions copyright 2005 Rabbi Edward S. Boraz

Website by Evan Michals, Dartmouth Class of 2007