Tag Archives: Tsarist Russia

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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Another Day to Remember

Recently, Jews around the world commemorated Yom HaShoah. Yet even if the Holocaust had never happened, however, this would be a season for remembering the suffering, death and displacement inflicted on the Jews of Eastern Europe by war – World … Continue reading

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Tales of the Talmud Society

by Dr. Hyman J. Epstein Dr. Hyman (Chaim Yakov) Epstein (1881-1951) was an active participant in Jewish affairs in early 20th century New York, helping to organize the Bronx Jewish Hospital and the New York “kehillah” which for several years … Continue reading

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The Big Celebration

By Hirsh Bloshtein Originally published in the newspaper “Birobidzhaner Shtern,” October 1970.  I once had a friend. We were born in the same town, on the same street and in the same year. We were together through our childhood years and … Continue reading

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The Doctor and the Chief

By Pesach Weitzer-Chittin (Beit Zera, Israel) This event in the life of Keidan, about which I wish to write, I heard of from my father, of blessed memory, when I was a child. Later, in about 1923, I heard the … Continue reading

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Stolypin in Keidan

By Berl Cohen (Durban, S. Africa) The name of Stolypin, once the second most powerful man in all Great Russia, was linked to Keidan, and also, it must be noted, to its Jewish community. Piotr Arkadjevich Stolypin began as “marshalik” … Continue reading

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World War I Refugees in Exile

By Pesach Weitzer-Chittin (Beit Zera, Israel) Published in “The Past,” a quarterly chronicle of Jews and Judaism in Russia, vol. 13. Tel Aviv, Iyar 1966.  1. More than 50 years have passed since the event I describe here, which I … Continue reading

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B. Cassel

Boruch Chaim Cassel – called Bernard in America, but known to his friends as Alter – was born in Keidan in 1877, the son of a tailor. He had a traditional Jewish cheder education, but also studied Russian and other secular … Continue reading

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