Ndola, Livingstone and Kitwe Cemeteries
Below are pictures of the Ndola cemetery. Excellent work done to restore the old cemetery in Ndola, Zambia. The Ndola Hebrew Congregation was active for many decades but was ultimately forced to close due to a lack of congregants during the 1990s.
This background post is from Mervyn Blumberg.
My father came to the Kitwe, on the Copperbelt (from Livingstone) in 1935, and lived in Ndola from 1952 and died there in 1964. This cemetery is in an area where there are many sports fields (cricket, soccer etc) I attended many soccer games with my Dad on most Sundays, and was totally unaware of it’s existence. We were a small vibrant Jewish community (about 40 families) and the shul was the centre, with Friday night services every week and on the High Holidays, and Habonim on Sundays. In all my years there, I never heard mention of this, the Pioneer Cemetery. As you will note, most, if not all the graves date back from the early ’30’s. I last visited Ndola in 2013, in the main part to visit my fathers grave in the Kansenshi Jewish cemetery. That cemetery was in great shape, thanks to funds provided from the sale of the shul for the upkeep of that cemetery. Through research on the internet, I learned about the Pioneer Cemetery and found it’s approx. location. After some “bundu bashing” with a panga, I arrived there to find it completely over gown. At that time there were no Jews left, living in Ndola. I contacted the late Michael Galaun in Lusaka, and through him, the over growth was cleared, and now thanks to Rav Moshe Silberhaft and his crew (under direction of Selwyn Katzeff) the cemetery has now been restored. The only name I recognise is Harry Gordon. His related family lived in Ndola till the mid/early ’60’s (Gordon; Shulman; Fingleson). Following are some pictures I took, when I rediscovered this cemetery.