Category Archives: Israel

Rabbi Avraham Halevy Sochen

By Dr. Mordechai Sochen (Minneapolis) My father, Rabbi Avraham Halevy Sochen (may he rest in peace) came to Keidan at the end of the last [19th] century, and married my mother (may she rest in peace), Feyge, daughter of Reb … Continue reading

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Avraham Tzoref, Zionist Pioneer

From the “Encyclopedia of the Builders and Pioneers of the Yishuv.”  Avraham Shlomo Zalman Tzoref: Born in Keidan, Lithuania on 1 Kislev, November 3, 1785 — or as he himself wrote later, in the year “TaKuM”[1], thereby hinting at his … Continue reading

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My Vanished Keidan

By Pesach Weitzer-Chittin (Beit Zera, Israel) Writing down memories of the town where you were born and spent close to 40 years evokes strong longings and yearnings. It is many times more difficult to write about the town whose Jews, … Continue reading

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Schools in Keidan

By Zippora Kaplan The Jewish community in Lithuania was generally poor before World War I, but it was rich in spiritual matters and in the love of Torah. The vast majority of the Jewish people in Lithuania lived financially oppressed … Continue reading

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Hechalutz Hatzair and Hapoel in Keidan

By Pesach Shlapobersky My memories of Hechalutz Hatzair in Keidan begin in 1926. In those days, while there were Scouts and Beitar branches, both of which attracted children and school youth, the working youth had no place for meetings or … Continue reading

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Hashomer Hatzair in Keidan

By Abba Jonah Goldin (Golani), Kibbutz Beit Zera In 1923, I joined the Scouts movement that had been founded by Lord Baden-Powell, and whose activity in those days centered around games and summer camps. The Scouts attracted most of the … Continue reading

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Sport in Keidan

By Chaim Landsberg In the early 1920’s, a branch of “Maccabi” was set up in Keidan. The impetus for this organization came from a committee of Zionist activists from various political parties, such as the General Zionists, Poalei Zion, Socialist … Continue reading

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