Penang Jewish Cemetery



The Penang Jewish Cemetery was established in 1805 and is the oldest Jewish cemetery (and likely the only one) in the country. It is located on a plot of land situated alongside Jalan Zainal Abidin (formerly Jahudi Road), a small link road located between Burmah and MacAlister Roads in George Town.

The oldest Jewish tombstone at the cemetery is dated 9 July 1835 which is believed to have belonged to the English Jewess that was the benefactor who donated the land where the current cemetery stands. Most of the graves within the cemetery are built resembling a triangular vaulted-lid casket (like the ossuaries commonly found in Israel). There are approximately 107 graves located in the cemetery, with the most recent tombstone dated 2011 which belonged to the final member of the Jewish community in Penang.







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