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In Prison

Dr. Aharon Pick This recollection by Keidan native Dr. Aharon Pick, of his time as a poor yeshiva student in Kovno, was published in 1935 in HaOlam, the official Hebrew weekly organ of the World Zionist Organization. Edited by Nahum … Continue reading

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Three Memorable Characters

A regular feature of “The Keidaner,” the monthly bulletin of the Keidaner Assn. of New York, were short sketches of life back in the old hometown.  Here are three: The Coachman / The Feldsher / Yosse-Itse’s Payos The Coachman By … Continue reading

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Shevuot in Keidan

by B. Cassel Published (in Yiddish) in “The Keidaner” monthly bulletin of the Keidaner Assn. of NY, June, 1941. After Pesach, Spring ruled our lives more and more each day. The days became warmer, lighter. From after cheder until bedtime … Continue reading

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Keidan, My Town

By Nathan Berger (Meyer Yanusevers) Originally published (in Yiddish) in the 1950 anniversary booklet of the Keidaner Society of Johannesburg. Reprinted in the 1977 Keidan Yizkor Book.  With simple words, in a few score lines I will set down, to … Continue reading

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Echoes of a Vanished World

By B. Cassel Originally published Nov. 17, 1940, in the 40th anniversary edition of The Keidaner, the bulletin of the Keidaner Assn. of New York.  Keidan’s Great Synagogue was packed. From all the small prayer-houses and minyans, people had come … Continue reading

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Pranks on the Bridge

By B. Cassel From 1935 until his death in 1941, Boruch Chaim Cassel served as editor of The Keidaner, the monthly bulletin of the Keidaner Association of New York. Besides announcing meetings and recording the happy and sad events in … Continue reading

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Summer Bathing

By B. Cassel From 1935 until his death in 1941, Boruch Chaim Cassel served as editor of The Keidaner, the monthly bulletin of the Keidaner Association of New York. Besides announcing meetings and recording the happy and sad events in … Continue reading

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Reb Zvi the Cooper

(Memories of M.L. Lilienblum’s father) By Dr. Aaron Leib Pick (Šiauliai) Published (in Hebrew) by the Keidaner Assn. of NY, 1930. The area around the Lithuanian city of Keidan has been famous for its beauty since earliest times. Nature has … Continue reading

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Little Portraits

By Dr. Chaim Epstein and B. Cassel Originally published by the Keidaner Assn. of New York, 1930.  Only the devil could stand it Reb Noach Reubens often suffered from toothaches. In those days there were no dentists in Keidan, and … Continue reading

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Looking Back

By Sholem Dat (Johannesburg) First published in “Lita,” (p. 1475) by the Jewish-Lithuanian Cultural Society Inc. 1951.  Keidan is one of the oldest cities in Lithuania, and her Jewish community was also one of the first. Keidan was originally a … Continue reading

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