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SEPHARDIC JEWS THRIVE IN CONGO; Respected Community Plays Key Role in Elisabethville -- Most Born in Rhodes. The New York Times, Saturday, August 22, 2009 [August 2009]

Lubumbashi had a synagogue built in 1930. Europeans seeking to flee wars came to the Belgian Congo between 1915 and 1950, a common place for European Jews before Israel was created in 1948. The Association Zioniste du Congo Belge was a country-wide Jewish organization that kept the Jews in touch with each other.[August 2009]


Jewish cemetery of Lubumbashi (Elisabethville): 219 burials; some entries include photographs of the gravestones. The names are both Ashkenazi and Sephardic. Vittorio (Vico) Levi and his son Robert renovated the cemetery. [site in French] Photos of the cemetery before renovation. Images of restored cemetery. The Lubumbashi (formerly Elizabethville) synagogue is boarded up. The remaining six or so Jews in the city maintain the Jewish cemetery.[August 2009]

Jewish cemetery (new section) [June 2014]

Jewish cemetery (old section) [June 2014]


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