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UNDER THE AUSPICES OF UN VETERANS ORGANIZATION
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Shargorod is another town worthy of a visit if you’re interested in Jewish heritage
sites. Although there is a 16th century synagogue, it is apparently now used as a
factory. What really made the trip worthwhile was one of the best-preserved Jewish
graveyards in Ukraine, located on a hill across the valley.
From the poshta (post office) in town, follow a lane on the right down the hill, bearing
left and crossing the creek. Then follow the trail up the hill bearing left and you will
see the cemetery with three large Stars of David on a black gate. There are both
modern and more historic sections of the extensive cemetery, including a monument
to those who died in the Holocaust. It seemed to be fine to wander around.
Buses to Shargorod leave Vinnytsia hourly from the western bus station; the ride
costs approximately 15 hryven and takes about two hours.