|Entrance to Jewish Cemetery|
Back in Singapore, i learned further that the Penang Jewish Cemetery was established in 1805 and is believed to be the oldest single Jewish cemetery in Asia. It forms a 38,087 square foot cleaver shaped plot of land situated alongside Jalan Zainal Abidin which was formerly known as Jahudi or Jewish Road, in the heart of Georgetown, Penang. There are approximately 107 graves located in the cemetery, with the most recent tombstone dated 2011. 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. The cemetery is still managed by a board of trustees that was established and registered in 1885.
|Oldest Jewish tomb - Mrs Shoshan Levi|
|Reserved site for Cohens and Levis|
|Second Lieutenant Eliaho Hayeem Victor Cohen|
|Commonwealth War Grave Commission|
|Isaac Abraham Cohen|
History of the Jewish community in PenangThe Jews were said to have visited and traded with the Hindu influenced satellite ports located in the riverbanks of the Bujang Valley, Kedah as early as the 9th Century and 18th Century in emporium of the east, Malacca. The rise in large number of arrival of the Penang Jewish community, happened in the 19th century with large number of Baghdadi Jews (Persian Jews who escaped persecution by settling first in India before expanding to Malaya and Singapore ) set foot on its shores to explore the trade opportunities.
synagogue at Nagore Road closed its doors in 1976 due to a lack of quorum.
Tomb DesignI noticed clean pebbles being placed in front of some of the tombstones. I read that it symbolises remembrance of the deceased and that they are not forgotten. Most of the graves take the design of a triangular vaulted-lid casket, resembling what is term as ossuaries commonly found in Israel.
|Tomb of infants and children|
The last Jew in Penang and hope for it's future
|The last resident Penang Jew|
|Rest in Peace|
ReferenceCasulty Details. [website] War Grave Commission
Penang Jewish Cemetery. [website] Penang Jewish Cemetery Trust