Jewish Cemetery [1855- ] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Jewish Cemetery [1855- ]

Current condition: 
In use
Date Place completed: 
c.1855-01-01 (Month, Day are approximate)
A. Stempel
Abraham Ben Leib Freiman
Abraham Moseh Alvares Vega
Abraham Shnidman
Adolf Wolepstein
Adolph Nathram
Agnes Tobias
Aladar Vago
Albert Raymond
Albert Weill
Alex Forbes
Alexander Ginsbourg
Amalie Herzberg
Anatoly Livshits
Annabella Oxberry
Barbara Toeg
Barnett Samuel Barnett
Baruel Leon
Bat Sarah Rachel
Bencjon Birger
Benjamin Abraham Slossman
Bertha Bain
Bertha Fleischmann
Bessie Blumenthal
Bluil Charles
Boris Goorevich
Carl Bercovitz
Cecil Ezra
Charles Archie Goldenberg
Charles David Silas
Charlotte Godkin
Chayim Leff
Child of Isydor & A Silberman
Cilly Altshiler
Clara Dietrich
Clara Matilda Jenssen
Clara Thelma Forbes
Claude Pardo Roques
Constance Deborah Ruth Ezra
Daisy Goldenberg
Dario Beraha
David Abraham Arzoony
David Jacob Wolff
Dina David
Dinah Ezra
Dora Hajek
Dr. Leon Friedman
E. E. Elias
Edward David Sykes
Edward Ezra
Edward Leopold Elias
Elias Hai Jacob
Elias Salnicker
Elise Lyons
Emily Papier
Emmanuel Borisovitch Maizel
Ernest S. Moses
Esther Ellis
Esther Fosel Odell
Eva Goldenberg
Eva Weinberg
Ezekiel Abraham
Ezekiel Isaac Ellis
Ezekiel Isaac Ellis
Ezekiel Nissim Elisha Nissim
Ezra Dinah
Ezra Abraham
Fanny Mordecai
Fireside chats
Flora Edgar
Frederick Sassoon Elias
Freeda Elena Pissaresky
Frooma Zeser
Genia Cross
George Bloch
George Raymond
Georgorie Prish
Gladys Dorothy Leff
Gladys Gordon
Goldina Blumenthal
Goldy Weinberg
Gurjiya Saul
H. W. Pearlman
Habeba Levy
Hannah Scott
Harold L. Rothstein
Harry Jephson
Harry Morgan Weinrebe
Harry O. Odell
Hebe Ellis
Henry Graye
Herbert Sedcwick Hurley
Hinde Neubrunn
Horace Kadoorie
Horst Geicke
Howard Arie Orbach
Ira Dan Kaye
Isaac Ezra Ellis
Isaac Levy Sonny Goldenberg
Isacco Aronne Neumann
Israel Weinberg
Israel Michael Kotz
Izaak Meyer Bunderoff
Jacob Ezekiel Dagal
Jacob Nahum Frenkel
Jacob Sternberg
James Henry Oxberry
Jan Abraham Jacob Cohn
John Cohen
John Kanis
John Michael Peter Kaufmann
Joly Vago
Joseph Wolfe
Joseph Abraham
Joseph Edgar Joseph
Joseph Ezekiel
Joseph Haiem Donnenberg
Joseph Hayeem Reuben
Josif Brunshtein
Judah Isaac Ezra
K.J. Shellim
Karel Weiss
Lawrence Kadoorie
Leon Weill
Liane Rose Spivak
Lotte Ramler
Louisa Anna Green
Lubov Topas
Ludwig Beer
M. S. Toplitz
Madelien Ellis
Malvine Weinberger
Manassah Nat Rakusen
Many Mayer
Marcus Ezra
Maria Shulster
Martin Friedlander
Mary Bunderoff
Mary Shaw
Matilde Baraha
Maurice David
Maurice Green
Maurice Muir Percival Somech
Maurice Weill
Mauricy Stadlin
Max Leibovich
Max Wolff
Mayer Nachem Weinberg
Michael Henry Goldstein
Michael Klatchko
Mina Haas
Minnie Pearl McRae
Montague Levien Salamon
Morris Aaron Birnbaum
Moselle Gatton
Moses Moses
Moses Ezekiel
Moses Fleischmann
Moses Goldman
Mozelle Jacob
Mozelle Robinson
Myria Weis
Nadkin Joseph
Naphtali Steinberg Moses
Neil Barash
Nina Torokor
Pearl Antschel Steinberg
Pepi Eidelstein
Pinchas Moses Papier
Rachel Leah Rapoport Rahf
Rachel Levy
Raphael Hayeem Rahamim
Raphaela Greenstein
Raquel Prish
Rebecca Da Costa
Rebecca Daniel Samson
Rebecca Moiseevna Kaner
Reuben Abraham
Reuben Solomon Jacob
Reuben Victor Hardoon
Reuven Ben Elias
Rose Christina Moses
Rosie Weill
Salim Haym
Samuel Dunn
Samuel Chilick
Samuel Hananeli
Samuel Moses Perry
Sarah Rebecca Sebi
Sarah Silberman
Sassoon Regina
Sassoon Elias David Sykes
Sema Belilios
Shaindel Greenstein
Shmuil Elia Oshri
Silas Joseph Mo
Simah Reuben Solomon
Singer Barnett
Solomon Hayum
Solomon Saul
Sophia Joseph
Sophie Elias
Sophie Rachel Odell
Steve Gatton
Sybil Edna Joseph
Sykes Sophie
Taube Taube Scheidlinger
Tevil Silbermann
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Uriel Grubner-Mobilevich
Victor Jack Cario
Wilfred Ross
William Goldenberg
William Rudolph Landstein
Wolf Gootherts

Photos that show this place


The Hong Kong Heritage program on RTHK recently had an interview with Howard Elias, where he talks about the cemetery and some of the people buried there:

I asked Howard what's the best way for family researchers to ask for details if they believe their family member is buried there. He recommends you "contact the synagogue office at", and they'll put you in touch with someone who can help.

I went looking for this last week, as I had an hour to kill in Happy Valley. I knew it should be up Shan Kwong Road, and on the left, but walked straight past it the first time. After walking right around the block I had better luck on my second try.

Shan Kwong Road

These gates mark the entrance. At first glance they looked to be locked closed, but the cemetery is open to the public, and you can just push the gate open.

Visited the Hong Kong Jewish Cemetery today for a guided tour by Howard Elias.  I will share some of the information that I learned from this tour:  The site, surrounded by high-rise apartment buildings and the Tung Lin Kok Yuen Buddhist Nunnery and school, is a beautiful oasis.  It is laid out on five levels with stone (granite) retaining walls, beautiful trees and shrubs, a fountain and includes a small chapel and tahara (ritual purity) room that are used prior to burrials.  There are approximately 300+- grave sites currently.  The original lease for the land was for a 10,750 square foot plot of land with a 999-year lease that was purchased by David Sassoon from the British Crown to be used solely as a burial ground, and the site was officially opened in 1855 by David Sassoon's son Reuben David Sassoon.  In 1904 an adjoining and larger piece of land was aquired from the Crown for the chapel and other small buildings.  The earliest burial is dated to 1857 and was Leon Bin Baruel.  There was no formal synagoge in Hong Kong at the time of the construction of the HK Cemetary (and perhaps not a formal synagoge until the early 1900).  Some of the early graves are not marked with any information.  Many of the gravestones are arranged and placed in a geographic location to be facing Jerusalem.  Many of the early gravestones (reflecting the demographics of Hong Kong) were of Sephardi Jews who generally prefer the larger and more above ground style monuments ( and some of these have Arabic numerals as many of these people came from Iraq), as opposed to the monuments of the Ashkenazi jews (from Europe and Russia) found in the late 19th century in Hong Kong who prefered the lower to the ground monuments.  Many jews do not partake in the tradition of leaving flowers on graves to mark visits, instead, stones are commonly used to mark a visit to a particular gravestone - indeed many of the monuments are covered in stones arranged in patterns.

A list of the people buried here, and photos of all the gravestones, is now online at

We've created a new site for the Jewish Historical Society of HK that contains all the details (that we know) of the people who are buried in our cemetery. You can find it at (We're trying to get the old site taken down.)

Thanks Howard, I've updated the link. The new website is looking good.

Regards, David

Anne-Marie Evans, some time ago, recorded a very interesting 2 part series on the Jewish Cemetery on her Hong Kong Heritage programme.

I have listened to it on YouTube.

Part 1: 

Part 2: