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The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
The Association of Jewish Communities of the Gulf (AGJC) has launched a project to restore and maintain the Kingdom’s Jewish cemetery.
The initiative will begin with the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat, starting the evening of January 16, the AGJC said in a statement released yesterday.
“Modern Jewish life in Bahrain began in the 1880s, when Jews from Iraq, seeking better economic and life prospects, migrated to Bahrain.
Since then, Jewish life in the Kingdom has flourished, and in the 1930s the community established a synagogue and a Jewish cemetery. The synagogue is the oldest in the GCC and the only operational one,” the statement said.
“The over 100-year-old cemetery is the only operational one in the GCC. The project aims to create a perpetual fund to maintain the cemetery. “As we celebrate Tu B’Shevat, in the Jewish tradition, as an arboreal New Year, we are planting trees in the Jewish Cemetery in Bahrain, which is akin to bringing life back to those who lived in the beautiful community. of Bahrain for centuries and have made their resting place in Bahrain for eternity,” said AGJC Rabbi Dr. Elie Abadie.
“As our ancestors planted in their generation for the benefit of our generation, we also plant in this generation for the benefit of future generations.”
“For more than 100 years, our family members have been buried in the Bahrain Jewish Cemetery and one of the elements of our community planning is to ensure that our cemetery is properly cared for for generations to come,” said AGJC President Ebrahim Dawood Nonoo. “We are very grateful that the AGJC chose this for their Tu B’Shevat project.”