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Obj. ID: 8837
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  Wooden Beit Midrash in Alsėdžiai, Lithuania

© “Synagogues in Lithuania: A Catalogue” Archives, Photographer: Galkus, Mindaugas, 2007

The beit midrash is a log house of an almost square plan standing on a masonry foundation made of boulders. It is covered
by a hipped tin roof, still visible under the asbestos sheets.  According to a photograph from 1989, the eastern façade had six rectangular windows, grouped into three. A broader pier in the center of the façade indicates the location of the Torah ark in the interior. Today (2007), the eastern façade is pierced by three large gates, and only on the lateral façades the upper parts of the windows still correspond to the original ones. There are six small windows on the southern façade, three small windows and a large gate on the northern façade and four small windows and a doorway on the western façade. This doorway might have served as an entrance to the prayer hall or to the women’s section.

It is difficult to reconstruct the former shape, since the interior is destroyed except for the wall that divides the building into
a larger eastern and a smaller western part – presumably the prayer hall and a vestibule or women’s section (Fig. 5). Traces of
light blue paint are still perceptible on the walls beneath the later layers of paint and plaster. It seems that the façades underwent
considerable change as well, since the older photograph shows a horizontal weather-boarding, while today the boarding is vertical.

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Name/Title
Wooden Beit Midrash in Alsėdžiai | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
1932-1934
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
1990s
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
Unknown
Location
Lithuania | Telšiai County | Alsėdžiai
| 8 Platelių St.
Site
Unknown
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Unknown |
Material/Technique
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Timber
Measurements
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
Unknown |
Condition
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
Garage
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
C (Poor)
Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
Significance Rating
2 (Regional)
Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
Unknown
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
Scribes
Script
Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
Catchwords
Hebrew Numeration
Blank Leaves
Direction/Location
Façade (main)
Endivances
Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
East
Coin
Coin Series
Coin Ruler
Coin Year
Denomination
Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
Watermark
Hallmark
Group
Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Vilnius Academy of Art, 2007
Bibliography

Cohen-Mushlin, Aliza, Sergey Kravtsov, Vladimir Levin, Giedrė Mickūnaitė, Jurgita Šiaučiūnaitė-Verbickienė (eds.), Synagogues in Lithuania. A Catalogue, 2 vols. (Vilnius, 2010-12)
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
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Author of description
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Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconsdivuction
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Section Head
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Language Editor
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Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.