Lost Treasures: The Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe The Lino Cuts of Bill Farran

Kelmė, Lithuania - Original Linocut Kelmė, Lithuania - With Background

Yiddish name: Kelm; Polish name: Kielmy Probishta

The wooden synagogue of Kelme stood for approximately 300 years. According to legend, the town was owned by Poritz (landowner) Grozheviski, who lived on a large estate outside the town. The Poritz had no male heir, and in desperation for a son, he asked the Jews to pray for him. To show his gratitude for their prayers when his wife gave birth to a son later that year, the Poritz built a synagogue for the town’s Jews and freed them from taxes.

While the synagogue may not have been the largest, it was famous for its ancient artifacts throughout Lithuania. Built of wood with a wooden shingle roof that was reminiscent of a pagoda, its style was common in Eastern Europe.

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Original linocut prints are 8x10 inches, and are available either unmatted or in an 11x14 matte.

I also offer matted 5x7 digital prints. These prints are created from high-res digital images and come in an 8x10 matte.

For this synagogue I have created an additional digital print, with Hebrew lettering in the background. These prints are also created from high-res digital images and come in an 8x10 matte.

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