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Jewish Cemetery In Malaysia

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Published on Jul 20, 2010

History

In 1895, the first Jew, Ezekiel Menassah emigrated from Baghdad and settled in Penang, Malaysia. For more than 30 years, Menassah remained the only Jew in to the country, continuing to observe Jewish holidays and keep kashrut. Following World War I, more Jews began to settle in Malaysia. Then during World War II, the Jewish community was evacuated to Singapore. By 1963, only 20 Jewish families remained in Malaysia.

Today, approximately 100 Jews reside in Malaysia. On the island of Penang there is a tiny congregation and a cemetery in George Town in Jewish Street (Jalan Yahudi). The Jewish cemetery in Penang is considered to be the oldest single cemetery in the country. The oldest legible gravestone in the cemetery dates to 1805 and the latest to 1976. The cemetery also includes the grave of a Jewish British officer killed during World War II. Most of the Jews living in Malaysia are refugees from Russia.

Contacts

Congregation
28 Nagore Road
Penang

The Jewish Cemetery, Penang Neighborhood: Georgetown
Tel: +60 4 261 6663
(Penang Tourist Centre)
Address: Jalan Zainal Abidin
Penang MY, 10400

Mr. Gary Braut
Precision Bearing
17502 Jalam 4 Taman Selayang Baru
Industrial Area Kuala Lumpur 68100 Malaysia
Tel: 603-6138-6200
Fax: 603-6138-6206
email: pirkei@pc.jaring.my

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