Restoration works for the Penang Jewish Cemetery

Restoration works for the Penang Jewish Cemetery

From Zac Jacobs

The Trustees are raising funds for the restoration and maintenance of this important cultural and historic site. The Penang Jewish Cemetery, established in 1805, is believed to be the oldest single Jewish cemetery in ...

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The oldest Jewish tombstone is dated 9 July 1835 dedicated to Rachamah Levi and is believed to mark the grave of an English woman that was the benefactor who donated the land where the current cemetery stands. Most of the graves take the form of a triangular vaulted-lid casket, resembling ossuaries commonly found in the Middle East. 

There are approximately 107 graves located in the cemetery, with the most recent tombstone dated 2011, the grave of the last ethnic Jew on the island. It is the only cemetery established solely for the once small and thriving Jewish community in Peninsular Malaysia, although there may be a few Jewish graves in other non-Jewish cemeteries.

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