DUMBRAVENI: Sibiu County, Transylvania. ]Dumbraveny , Dumbrăvani, Dambravani, Dombroveni/ ] Print

Alternate names: Dumbrăveni [Rom], Dumbraveny [Rus], Dombroven amd דאמבראווען [Yid], Dumbrăvani, Dambravani, Dombroveni/ Russian: Думбравены. Moldovan: Думбрэвень. 8 miles SSW of Soroca (Soroki). [Not to be confused with several places in Romania named Dumbrăveni].

  • JewishGen Bessarabia SIG
  • Shtetl Finder (1989), p. 20: "Dombroven".
  • Pinkas HaKehilot, Romania, Vol. 2 (1980), p. 347: "Dumbraveni"
  • Encyclopedia of Jewish Life (2001), p. 345: "Dumbraveni (I)".



The cemetery is located at Dumbraveni, Ciobanului Str., cod 3130, judet Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania. The alternate names are Erzsebetvaros (Hungarian) and Elisabethstadt (German.)

4614 2434, 144.9 miles NNW of Bucharest and 18 km from Medias.Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.

  • Mayor Dobreanu Mircea, Dumbraveni, tel. 865347
  • The Jewish Community of Sibiu, Blanarilor Str., no. 15, cod 2400, Sibiu, Romania, Tel. 0040-69-216904.
  • The Federation of The Jewish Communities of Romania, Sf. Vineri Str. no. 9-11, sect. 3, Bucharest, Romania
  • "Dr. Moshe Carmilly" Institute for Hebrew and Jewish History, Universitatii Str. no. 7-9, room 61, 3400 Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Director: Ladislau Gyemant, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Caretaker and key holder: none

The Jewish population by census was ten in 1838 registered 10, 14 in 1850, five in 1857, 23 in 1869-1870, 19 in 1880 registered, 170 in 1910, and 91 in 1930. The Jews from Sibiu County, Transylvania were taken by force and introduced into forced work detachments. They were deported all over the country, and especially in Moldova, between 1942-1944. The 19th and 20th century unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery on isolated suburban flat land has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open with permission. A fence with a gate that locks surrounds the site. The pre- and post-WWII size is 75 m x 50 m. 20-100 stones are visible. 20-100 stones are in original location. 1-20 stones are not in original location. 25%-50% of the stones are toppled or broken. Location of stones removed from the cemetery is unknown. Vegetation overgrowth in the cemetery is not a problem. Water drainage is good all year. No special sections.

The oldest known gravestone dates from 19th century. The 19th and 20th century marble, granite, sandstone, and limestone memorial markers are flat shaped, smoothed and inscribed, carved relief-decorated, and double tombstones. Some have traces of painting on their surfaces. Have Hebrew inscriptions. No known mass graves.

The national Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only.
Adjacent properties are "other." Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The never vandalized cemetery has no maintenance or care. No structures.

Oprea Ioana, B-dul 21 Decembrie, no. 13-15, ap. 6, Cluj Napoca, tel: 190 849 and Popa Cosmina, Tatra Str., no. 4, ap. 11, Cluj Napoca, tel: 128 764 visited the site and completed the survey on December 13, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1850, Bucharest, Ed. Staff, 1996
  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1857, Bucharest, Ed. Staff, 1997
  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1880, Bucharest, Ed. Staff, 1999
  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1910, Bucharest, Ed. Staff, 2000
  • Ernest Wager, Historisch - Statistisches - Ortsnamenbuch fur Siebenburgen, Koln-Wien, Ed. Bohlau, 1977
  • Carmilly-Weinberger, Moshe. Istoria evreilor din Transilvania (1623-1944), Bucharest, 1994
  • Coriolan Suciu, Dictionar istoric al localitãþilor din Transilvania, I-II, Bucharest, 1968.
  • Recensamintul general al populatiei din Transilvania - 1930 decembrie 29, I-III, Bucharest, 1938
  • Ladislau Gyemant, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , The Jews of Transylvania in the Age of Emancipation (1790-1867), Bucharest, Edit. Enciclopedica, 2000.

No interviews. [January 2003]

Dombroveni Jewish Cemetery: Only several remaining graves at the cemetery and only from one memorial we could read the name. Also one person provided 3 other names of Jews who were buried in that cemetery. Please see the overview, maps, photos, and more at Dombroveni Cemetery Report
[Apr 2016]

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 April 2016 11:34