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Obj. ID: 8934
Jewish Architecture
  Wooden Kloyz of Hevra Kadisha in Plungė, Lithuania

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Kravtsov, Sergey, 2004

The building date of the kloyz is unknown. The plan of Plungė from 1894 shows the shulhoyf with a similar wooden structure located on the same place. However, it is likely that the current building was constructed after the 1931 fire. In the Soviet period, the former kloyz was adapted for educational purposes and served as an art school and driving school. Recently it was restituted to the Jewish community of Plungė.

The kloyz is a wooden building, which has preserved its basic original shape. The building is a rectangular wooden log structure on a masonry foundation, with a hipped roof, covered by red painted tin. It is boarded with horizontal planks. With its liturgical axis oriented to the east, it is slightly broader than longer, measuring 11.18 m from west to east, 12.82 m from south to north, and 8.36 m high from the foundations. Its western part includes a lobby, a vestibule, and a “room for beggars,” and the eastern part is a prayer hall. In 2007, the prayer hall was divided by a longitudinal wooden partition in two classrooms, according to the needs of the former school. Peculiarly, the building never included a women’s section. The interior of the kloyz is spanned with a flat ceiling, below the roof construction. The floors are paved with wooden boards. The prayer hall is lit by two windows on its south and north, and four windows on the east. The lobby is lit by a window above the northern entrance door, the vestibule has a small window in its western wall, and the “beggars’ room” is lit by one window in the southern wall. All openings are rectangular and their upper part is boarded up.

(Text from Aliza Cohen-Mushlin, Sergey Kravtsov, Vladimir Levin, Giedrė Mickūnaitė, Jurgita Šiaučiūnaitė-Verbickienė (eds.), ~Synagogues in Lithuania. A Catalogue~, 2 vols. (Vilnius, 2010-12)).

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Name/Title
Wooden Kloyz of Hevra Kadisha in Plungė | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
1931-1939
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
After 1945, demolished 2010
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Lithuania | Telšiai County | Plungė (Plungiany)
| 5 Juozo Tumo-Vaižganto St.
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
Unknown
Site
Unknown
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
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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
Office building
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
B (Fair)
Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
Part of shulhoyf
Significance Rating
3 (National)
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
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
2004 CJA
Bibliography
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