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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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The Keidan Yeshiva

By Adv. Shimon Shibolet-Zang As in every Jewish community, Keidan had its traditional cheder, which the children attended until about bar mitzvah age. Keidan always had many cheders and the various rebbes and melameds who taught Torah to children in … Continue reading

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Synagogues in Keidan

By Yehezkel Rochin (Ramat Rachel, Israel) Published in the Sefer Zikaron (Keidan Memorial Book) 1977. Translated by Chaim Charutz There were seven synagogues in Keidan. Four of them were in the shulhoyf,; two more were in Smilga Street, and one … Continue reading

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Hebrew Books Printed in Keidan

1923 “Beit Israel,” Innovations on tractate Shabbat by scholars of Beit Hamidrash, edited by Sh. Berlin, Keidan, 1923, 1924, 1925 (72 pages, 72 pages and 149 pages). 1924 “Le Plagot Reuven.” On rabbinic divisions and connections from the end of … Continue reading

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Preachers and tailors

By B.Y. Bialostotzky First published in “Lita” pp 1214-1217.  I spent some time in Keidan in 1905, when I was about 12 years old. My father took me with him as he traveled as a maggid [preacher] among the towns … Continue reading

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Keidan and its Jews

from “Yahadut Lita, its history in pictures” p.123. Keidan, an administrative center for its district, was one of Lithuania’s ancient cities. The history of the Jewish community in Keidan begins in the 15th century. In 1495, in the time of … Continue reading

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