The caretaker at the cemetery on Mihai Eminescu Street was quite diligent in fulfilling his responsibilities when we visited. He adamantly refused us admission to the grounds until that action had been approved by the head of the Jewish community. Then, just to be sure of our good faith and truthfulness, he quizzed me on the symbolism of tombstone art work. I am not sure that he and I saw eye-to-eye on the meaning of all the motifs, but apparently I passed his examination and he allowed us to go forward.

In 2014, I returned to Botosani in an effort to be sure that I had not overlooked any fascinating stones the previous year. Coincidentally we arrived at the cemetery at the same time as the caretaker. This time he recognized us and proved most gracious and helpful by cutting us a path to the rear of the cemetery. We passed a pleasant half hour in conversation before it was time to move on to the next destination.

Many of the stones in this cemetery are absolutely gorgeous. In terms of the quality of the artwork and the number of extraordinary stones this cemetery is probably the best that I have seen in Poland, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, or elsewhere in Romania.