Back from Chisinau

Visiting Chisinau stirred within me emotions I wasn’t quite expecting. I was so deeply touched. Almost everything around seemed to be symbolic.

The visit opened up a quest in me to try and find some more information about my mother’s side of the family. It is annoying to realize just how little we know about my grandmother. So much has been lost over the years, so many stories that no one took the time to sit and write down and are now lost forever. Something to think about for the future.

So on the first day in Chisinau I visited the Jewish cemetery, hoping to see some commemoration of the atrocities done there against the Jews in 1903. That cemetery has been totally demolished and is now covered with beautiful spring flowers.


The only mention is this one solitary monument, commemorating the Chisinau pogrom of 1903 in which 49 Jews were murdered. My great-grandfather was among them.

Prior to the war, the Jewish population in Chisinau was apparently quite big and thriving. It was, after all, the capital of what was then known as Basarabia, or today, Moldova.


The Jewish present cemetery is in such a sad state of neglect and disarray. Apparently, the authorities do not take any responsibility for maintaining it. The families of those who are buried are supposed to do it. But most of them left, thank God, and now live in Israel. So the tombstones mostly lie desecrate and broken.

In the cemetery stands this beautiful synagogue, neglected, broken, filthy. I assume the Rabbi stood on this very platform while preaching.


I came to Chisinau to teach about forgiveness; the neglect and desolation I saw gave new meaning for my personal need to forgive, not only for the past, but also the present.

5 thoughts on “Back from Chisinau”

  1. Orna thank you so much for sending me these about your trip!! I just this morning while cleaning my house wondered about it and if I would get to hear and then you sent these emails!! So glad to hear. Amazing. Love and shalom ! Kirby

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Thanks for sharing this, Orna…I can imagine what mixed emotions you must have felt upon seeing it all…can’t help but think about the Book of Nehemiah. It would be good to see it all restored and respect given back again. God bless you! Kathe Tinì


  3. Orna – Shalom!

    Rev 1:5-6 And from Jesus Christ WHO is The Faithful Witness and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto HIM that loved us and washed us from our sins in HIS OWN BLOOD. And hath made us kings and priests unto G-D His Father – to HIM be glory and dominion forever and ever Amen!

    We thank God for what He is doing through you in Chisinau! The Blood of Yeshua runs through your veins and covers all the past – so you can go forward to leap over every obstacle! We thank the LORD for strength and perseverance for you and your team! The Best is yet to come!

    Love & Shalom, f&S


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