- Oct 22, 2004Welcome to all my fellow Keidaners. Thanks for making the effort to
get on the relocated email list. I'm sorry for the inconvenience,
but I think we should be able to carry on here.
In fact there are some advantages to the current hosting
arrangement; for instance, it's possible to post photographs as well
as messages. If you click over on "Photos" to the left of the page,
you'll see a couple I just recently received. Ellen Cassedy of
Takoma Park, Md. spent part of last summer studying Yiddish in
Vilnius, and while in Lithuania she made a visit to Keidan, where
she snapped these pictures of the old synagogue complex. As you can
see, the Lithuanians have done some work on the buildings, which
they now use as an exhibition hall and an art school. According to
Ellen, they have historical material on display there, but, sadly,
have done very little to highlight or explain the town's past as a
predominantly Jewish community.
To quote from Ellen's note:
"The "winter synagogue" has been renovated, inside and out. Outside
is a line of wooden statures in honor of potters, woodworkers, and
something about books -- Mikolas Dauksa? Danksa? Very Christian-
looking. Inside, a grand piano near where the ark would have been.
On the ark wall, a digitized picture, a melange of Jewish things.
On the walls, a photo exhibit, "Before and After" pix taken from the
exact same spot, many years apart. NO sign of Jews, no Yiddish.
One old photo taken by M. Ioffe."
Ellen also forwarded the name and contact info for someone connected
to the current Kedainiai museum administration. I hope to contact
that person and hopefully will learn more about what's going on over
there, which I'll dutifully pass on.
Meanwhile, if anyone would like to open a discussion about any
aspect of Keidan, past or present, please feel free. The floor is
All the best,
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