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Jewish Cemetery of Aden

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Jewish Cemetery of Aden


Basic Information

Location Ma'ala district, Aden, Yemen
Country Yemen
City Aden

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 12.8,45.03333


There were four Jewish cemeteries in Aden. The one in Ma'ala is the newest one (1860-1967). The cemetery was used until the Jewish community of Aden dissolved in 1967.


The Jews of Aden are those Jews who were born in, or whose recent ancestors lived, in Aden, on the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula, bordering in Hadramaut—akin to Biblical Chatzar-Mavet. Aden is a seaport on the Red Sea, previously belonging to Great Britain. The Jews here must have been among the earliest settlers. Some five hundred years ago, the great Rabbi Obadiah of Bartinuro wrote that there had come to Jerusalem "Jews from the land of Eden . . . They are not much acquainted with the Talmud, but only with Rabbi Alfasi and Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon". Virtually the entire population emigrated from Aden between June 1947 and September 1967. Most now live in Israel, with some others in the United Kingdom, and fewer elsewhere.

Special discoveries

Tombstones were found in Jewish cemeteries in Aden, dating as far back as the 12th century.

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