Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The Hirsch Cemetery

I am an executive member of the Saskatchewan Jewish Council South. We are responsible for a number of things Jewish but one of the more interesting things is the Hirsch Cemetery.

The Hirsch Colony was named after the Baron de Hirsch who created and supported Jewish agricultural settlements in Canada in the mid 1800s.

Hirsch was a centre of Jewish life for a while complete with rabbi and synagogue. Today there are only three Jewish people in the area. Two are brothers who still own farm land and the third is a woman who lives in Estevan.

The Hirsch Jewish Cemetery has 103 graves, many unmarked or without a name.

We renovated and rejuvenated the cemetery in 2000 and visit there annually.

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