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Bialystok Region Jewish Genealogy Group



by Heidi M. Szpek, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies

Central Washington University

May 2007

Partial funding provided by: The Department of Philosophy & The Office of International Studies and Programs Grant Committee,

Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington 98926, USA


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GPS: 5242'40.26"N 2320'05.82"E

Size: c. 1 acre

Number of matzevoth: <20 (17 with inscriptions; few supports)

Bagnowka.com: Orla Gallery (photographed in 1988)

Image 1

Directions: From Bialystok, take highway 19 south for 49 km to Bielsk Podlaski. Travel through town until you come to the intersection of highway 66 south and county 689 east. For the shortest route, travel on county 689 east for 1km until a smaller county road breaks away to the (right) south. Travel on this road for 9 km into Orla. Travel into town, cross the small Orlanka River and turn left onto the road going north to Szczyty. The cemetery will be on a hillock at right (Image 1,7). On the road opposite are buildings that once were the local hospital (Image 2); looking back west is the town of Orla (Image 3).

NOTE: Alternate route. If you missed the road to Orla, continue on 689 for another 10 km till you reach the road at right (south) to Szczyty and Orla. Take this road for about 5km into Orla. The cemetery will be on a hillock at right as you head into town. Also if you get lost, the local villagers are quite friendly.


Image 2 Former Hospital Image 3 Looking on Orla


Conditions: The cemetery is situated on an open field atop a hillock at the intersection of smaller county roads. It commands a view of the area, but with no forest for protection is open to the elements. Seventeen matzevoth (boulder-style) were counted in situ. The inscriptions on thirteen were in varying degrees of legibility, some with lichen (Images 4-6). A number of supports are also extant. The only threats appear to be natural erosion to the existing inscriptions.


Image 4

Image 5
Image 6 Image 7


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