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The cemetery is located at str. Al.I.Cuza, no. 74, Negresti, Vaslui judet, Moldavia region at 46°51' 27°33', 6.30 km from Vaslui. Present town population is 5,000-25,000 with no Jews.

  • Local Authority: Mayor Oancea Constantin
  • Religious Authority: The Jewish Community of Iasi, str. Elena Doamna no. 15. Phone: 113711; 114414
  • Regional Authority: The Federation of the Jewish Communities of Romania, Sf. Vineri str., no. 9-11, sector 3, Bucharest, Romania.
  • Interested: "A.D. Xenopol" Institute of History, Lascar Catargi str., no. 15, 6400- Iasi (Iasi judet), Romania. Tel. 032/212614; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Director: Alexandru Zub.
  • Caretaker with key: Pavel V. Constantin, str. Al.I .Cuza 70, Negresti, Vaslui judet.

The 1899 Census registered 45 Jewish inhabitants. The 1930 Census registered 512 Jewish inhabitants. Prominent residents include Leiba Dascalu (19th century), Pincas and Matatia Iechezkiel-scholar rabbi. This Jewish cemetery was established in the 19th century. The last known Jewish burial in cemetery was in 1965 (Iancu Liberman). The unlandmarked Conservative cemetery is 2 km from the congregation that used it. Pungesti (Vaslui judet) end Rebricea (Vaslui judet) also used this cemetery.

The isolated suburban flat land has no sign or marker. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open with permission. A continuous masonry wall and a gate that locks surround the site. The pre- and post-WWII size is 100-m X 70 m. 500 - 5,000 gravestones are visible. 1 to 20 is not in original location. More than 75% are toppled or broken. Vegetation overgrowth and water drainage in the cemetery are not problems. Tombstones date from end the 19th through 20th centuries. Marble, granite, limestone, sandstone, and iron are rough stones or boulders, flat shaped stones, finely smoothed and inscribed stones, and flat stones with carved relief decoration, and sculpted tombstones with iron decorations or lettering, portraits on stones, and/or metal fences around graves. Inscriptions are in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Romanian.

The national Jewish community owns the property used for agricultural purposes. Adjacent properties are agricultural and residential. Compared to 1939, the cemetery boundaries enclose the same area. Occasionally, private visitors (Jewish or non-Jewish) stop.
Care of the never vandalized cemetery is annual cleaning of stones, annual clearing of vegetation, and fixing of gate by the regular unpaid caretaker, Pavel V. Constantin, str. Al.I. Cuza 70, Negresti, Vaslui judet. No structures. Weather erosion is a slight threat.

Lucian Nastasa, Clinicilor str., no. 19, Cluj, Romania, tel. 064/190107. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it completed the survey on July 21, 2000 using the following documentation:

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He visited July 19, 2000 and interviewed Pavel V. Constantin, str. Al.I .Cuza 70, Negresti, Vaslui judet. July 19, 2000. [June 2002]