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 Kédainiai Jewish Heritage
Themes on the Town’s history:
A story of the life and studies of Vilniaus Gaon Eliyahu;
Reflections on the lives of the community of Kėdainiai Jews during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


european institute of cultural routes
Povilas Batavicius
12 May 2008
Objects of the heritage which can be visited


- Two synagogues dating from the 18th -19th centuries at No. 12 Old Market square (an exhibition means it is also possible to visit inside)
- Old (former Jewish) Market – a central point of the Kėdainiai Jewish community with preserved buildings from the 17th to the early 20th c.
- The house of the last Kėdainiai Jewish community rabbi Fainzilber at No. 11 Senoji street.
- The drugstore of the pharmacist Ch.Gurvich at No. 5 Didžioji street.
- The drugstore of the pharmacist V.Palones at No.11 Didžioji street.
- An alms-house for Jewish orphans at No. 40 Josvainių street.
- The Jewish houses at No 29 and No.3 Josvainių street.
- The Scottish houses dating from the 17th c. which were inhabited by Jews in the 18th-20th c. in Didžioji street No. 2, 4, 6, 36.



Kėdainiai. A drugstore of pharmacist Ch. Gurvich in Didžioji street


Kėdainiai. The tailors' synagogue needs to be restored.


- The Jewish houses in Didžioji street No. 27, 29, 40.
- The Jewish house at No. 9 Big Market square.
- Senoji street with preserved Jewish houses.
- Kranto II street with preserved Jewish houses.
- Kranto I street with preserved Jewish houses.
- A former printing house of Kagan and Mavshovich at No. 7 Kranto I street.
- Jewish street with preserved Jewish houses.
- Paeismilgio street with preserved Jewish houses.
- The Jewish cemetery in A.Kanapinsko and Lakštingalų streets.
- A site of the Holocaust in Daukšiai village (an area of a former military airport).
- A site of the Holocaust in the Babėnai suburb in Jubiliejaus street.

Buildings




Kedainiai. The Jewish national bank at No. 10 Senoji street


Kedainiai. Jewish house at No. 27 Didžioji street


Scheduled events in 2006 and in the future


- an educational programme on Jewish life and culture for pupils at senior school in cooperation with the “Centre for Studies of the Culture and History of East European Jews?;

- an event as part of the international festival “Kaunas Jazz? – a concert “Meetings? of the band “Vilniaus klezmeriai? (Klezmers of Vilna) in the small synagogue (The Multicultural Centre), on April 28 2006 (director - Arkadij Gotesman). The project was organised by the Litvaks Foundation.

- A commemoration of the massacre of the Kėdainiai Jewish community on August 28 (yearly event).

- A commemoration of the Holocaust in Lithuania on September 23 (yearly event).


Kėdainiai. Jewish dance in the Old Town.


Kėdainiai. Jewish exhibition in the Multicultural centre.
Opportunities for Tourists


Kėdainiai is situated in the very centre of Lithuania, close to the big Lithuanian cities: Vilnius (139 km) and Kaunas (56 km).

The town is easy to visit on the way to Žemaitija, the coast or Latvia. Once in the town, it is easy to find the centre of the former Jewish community – Old Market square, which is a suitable location for parking.

The two synagogues are both situtated in this square. In one of the synagogues – Small Winter synagogue – the Multicultural Centre of Kėdainiai Regional Museum is located. Within the Centre there is an exhibition about Kėdainiai Jewish community history, as well as an authentic interior which has been preserved. The guided tours around the Jewish Kėdainiai are led by workers of the Kėdainiai Regional Museum and the Multicultural Centre: Regina Adomaitienė (phone +370 650 45597, e-mail: muziejus@kedainiai.omnitel.net) and Audronė Pe?iulytė (phone + 370 650 45585, e-mail sinagoga@kedainiai.omnitel.net) as well as Kėdainiai district’s monuments supervisor Violeta Berlėtaitė (phone +370 614 01922).





 
 
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