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Kelme, Lithuania Jewish Cemetery Headstone Inscriptions

Sonia and David Hoffman

In the Summer of 2000, on our second visit to Lithuania, we again made our way to Kelme.  Accompanied by Regina Kopilevich from Vilnius, we walked through the Jewish cemetery transcribing the Hebrew inscriptions on the headstones, where they were legible, and photographing a few of them. While the overall condition of the cemetery is poor, while we were there, three men were cutting the high grass with scythes. We asked them who had asked them to do this, and they told us that the municipal government paid them for this minimal upkeep. When we offered them additional money as an expression of thanks, and perhaps as an encouragement to do more, they declined taking it.

We walked down one (somewhat irregular) row and then back up another. There was no way to definitely specify the order that the headstones are in. We decided to present this information in the following table without sorting it in any other way (such as alphabetically) because this may help you find a particular headstone. Also while we have indicated where more than one name is on a headstone, it is possible that others who are related might be buried near to each other and we did not want this information to be lost.  Several larger tombs hang over a hillside.                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regina's talent for "feeling" the Hebrew letters on the weathered and often fragmented stones, which had long since become invisible to the eye is incredible, and we are very indebted to her.

 

The earliest gravestone is from 1817 and the most recent one is from 1938. Some stones indicate where the person was from.

More photos of headstones and cemetery will be added soon.

Sonia and David Hoffman E-Mail: SoniaHoff1@aol.com

Surname

Given Name

Father

Year

Comments

 

Bejla

Abram

1918

Cemetery Inscription

ZAKS

Feyga

Israel

1936

 

MEYEROVITCH?

Yehuda Leib

Meyer?

 

 

AGNOL

Hana Gitel

 

1927

 

DOMBE

 

 

1927

 

VINER

Eliezer

Mordehai

1936

 

BERBAIZKI

Rivka

 

1937

 

DRUKER

 

 

1934

 

BERBAIZKI

Cormen?

 

 

 

DUKOVITCH

 

 

 

 

 

Dov Ber

Chaim Itsak

1929

Same Stone as Shmuel Izaiah

 

Shmuel Izaia

Dov Ber

1933

Same Stone as Dov Ber

 

Reuven

Rafael Matlis

 

 

KESEL

 

 

1931

 

SHENK

Abram

Aron

1934

 

BERBAIZKI

 

 

1932

 

BERBAIZKI

 

 

 

 

 

Abram Edel

Shaul Leib

1932

 

WOLPERT

Ester Reisel

 

1934

 

PRAIL?

Dvora Braina

Chaim SHAPIRO

1932

 

YAFET/

Chaya Feyga

 

1931

 

ZON?

Feviel

 

1938

 

WOLPERT

Ester

"HaLevy"

1934

 

SHACHAN

Chaja Leja

Abram Meyer

 

 

FISHER

Israel

Josef

 

 

 

Sheyna Beshel

Yakov HaLevy

 

From Tytuvenai

VIGDEROVICH

Shmuel Chaim

Itsak Zvi

1932

 

RUBEN

Zoster/Toster

Shmuel

1931

 

ZILBERMAN

Hinda

 

1929

 

 

Basha

Yahuda "HaCohen"

1927

 

 

Chaya Sara

Yakov

 

 

RODKIN

Feyga

Zvi

1922

 

 

Aron

Yosel

1922

 

SANDLER

Hana

 

1924

 

MILNER

Guta Feyga

Zvi

1924?

 

 

Toiba Rivka

Aria Leib

1925

 

SHARAGA

Miriam

Moche

1926

 

FRIEDLAND

Leib Itsak

Chaim

1926

 

SHAYEVICH

David

Moshe

1926

 

 

Feiga Chiena

Israel Chaim "HaLevy"

1923

 

GOLDSHMIT

Osher

Josef

 

 

 

Sheyna Necha

Dov

1901 or 1921?

 

ABRAMOVITCH

Chaim

David

1921

 

WOLPERT

Zev Ruven

 

1922

 

ZILBERG

Abram Minor

Moshe

1921

 

YANOVER

Eliahu

Rabbi Peisach Itsak

1922

 

YANOVER

Peisach Itsak

Eliahu

1931

 

 

Cara

Moshe

 

from Tavrig

 

Chaja

Eiezer "HaLevy"

1909

 

 

Bluma

Zalman

1899

 

 

Nachmiahu

Akiva

1885

 

 

Abram

Itsik

1882

 

 

Miriam

Yehoshua Hershel

1891

 

 

Itsak

Shmuel

1888

 

 

Leib

Josef

1893

 

 

Shifra Rivka

Yehezkiel

 

 

 

Moshe Aron

Zev

 

 

 

Dov Menachem

Kalman

1899

 

 

Mordehai Aron

Shlomo

1892

 

 

Eliezer

Meir?

1892

"Yeshiva Boker"

 

Boruch

Abba

 

 

 

Tsipa

Meir

1897

From Tytuvenai; white paint on stone

 

Itsak

Chaim

1894

 

 

Sara

Iser-Yehuda "HaCohen"

1897

 

 

Hinda

Ze'ev Ezra "HaLevy"

1895

 

 

Shmuel David

Shloma

1892

"The Mighty One"

 

Chaim Itsak

Abram

1887

 

 

Rachel

Moshe

 

 

 

Batya Leja

Sholom

1890

 

HELIN?

Yehuda Leib

Yehezkiel Helin?

1908

 

 

Beshe/Pesha

Yehoshua

1887

 

 

Mina

Boruch

1894

 

BIRMAN

Bentzion Ruven

Moshe

 

 

 

Moshe Shraga

Efraim

 

"Rabbi, Teacher"

 

Hiena

Nison "HaCohen"

1893

 

 

Batsheva

Yakov

1891

 

 

Itsak

Aron

1884

 

ROM

Ada Gitel

Boruch

 

Large, lying decorated stone

 

Ze'ev

Zvi

1895

 

 

Yakov Yeckel

Yehoshua

1881

 

 

Eliezer

Isak

 

 

 

Sheyna Toiba

 

1888

"A Victory"

 

Sheyna

Abram

1908

 

 

Yakov

Yehuda Leib

1885

 

 

Bentzion

Shlomo

1882

 

 

Elia

Eliezer

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Leja Dvora

Itsak

1871

 

 

Sora Rivka

Yehuda Leib

1872

 

 

Yehuda

Yakov

1871

 

 

Zev

Hilman

1870

 

 

Moshe

Abram

1874

 

 

Sheyna

Meir

1874

 

 

Feyga

Wolf?

1874

 

 

Moshe

Abram

1873

 

 

Chaim

Yakov

1870s?

 

 

Yosef

Bentzion

1869

 

 

Itsak

Moshe

1869

 

 

Miriam

Todres

1860s?

 

 

Vichna

Yakov

1867

Sharabisker

 

Zvi

Meir

1868

 

 

Shmuel

Ykov Bazalon

1872

 

 

Sender Eli

Leib Tuvia

1874

 

 

Iosel Hillel

Mordehai

1873

 

BROIDA

Yonatan

Aria

1869

 

 

Miriam

Aria Leib

1869

 

 

Alexander

Avi

1869

 

 

Yehuda Zendel

Chaim Shaul

1866

 

 

Boruch

Gehilel

1863

 

 

Rivka

Yakov

1866

 

 

Itsik

Yohoshua

1864

 

KAZ

Sara Bejla

Abram

1866

 

 

Nechama

Abram

 

 

 

Itsak Zelik

Issaker

1840

 

 

Shmuel

 

 

 

 

Bluma

Yakov

 

 

 

Frieda

Itsak

1858

 

 

Riva

Isak

1859

 

 

Itsak

Boruch

1859

 

 

Sara Rivka

Itsak

1864

 

 

Betzalel

Moshe

1867

 

 

Ester

Shmuel

 

 

 

Moshe Simka

Isak

1859

 

SEGAL

Itsak

Zelik

1857

 

 

Chana

 

1850

 

 

Sara

Chaim

 

 

 

Rina

Michal

1852

 

 

Chaja

 

 

 

 

Shmuel

Azriel

 

 

ZALKIN

Shlomo

Yakkov

1848

 

 

Rahel

Baruch

 

Same stone as Yacha

 

Yacha

 

 

Same stone as Rahel

 

Boruch

Yehoshua

1851

 

 

Chaya Feyga

Shmuel

1850

 

 

Hilman

Ze'ev

 

 

 

Moshe

Yakov

 

 

 

Dov Ber

Yukutiel

1848

 

 

Feyga Rosa

Yosef?

 

 

 

Batsheva

Mordehai

1844?

 

 

Bentzion

Itsak

 

 

 

Itsak

Shimon/Shama

 

 

 

Zev Wulf

Mordehai

1850

 

 

David

Shimon

1846

 

 

Yakov

Ruven

 

 

 

Chana

Itsak

1842?

 

 

Rachel

Mordehai

1842

 

 

David

Itsak

1840

 

 

Yehuda Leib

Yakov

1843

 

 

Zipora

Yehuda Leib

1842

 

 

Rachel Sara

Duber?

1840

 

 

Hiena

Yakov

1841

 

 

Bentzion

Yakov "HaCohen"

1840

 

 

Aron

Mordehai

1829

 

KAZ

David

Yosef

1837

 

 

Yosef

Aron

 

 

 

Israel

Yosef

1836

 

 

Kalman (Clonimas)

Aria Leib

1835

 

 

Rivka

Akiva

1839

 

 

Rochel

Dov

1834

 

 

Chaja

Eliezer

 

 

 

Chaim

 

1837

 

 

Yosef

Dov

1837

 

 

Pica

Arieh

1838

 

 

Dov

Chaim

 

 

 

Aron

Ze'ev

 

 

 

Deborah

Bentzion

1828

Photo taken

 

Zvi

Dov

1823

Photo taken

 

Michla

Eliezer

1829

 

 

Malka

Abram

 

 

 

Benjamin

Yakov

1825

 

 

Eleizer

Abram

 

 

 

Eleizer

Itsak

 

Same stone as Buna

 

Buna or Chuna

Yeckiel

1824

Same stone as Eleizer

 

Yehuda

Zvi Shaptai

 

 

 

Pesa

Meir

 

 

 

Leja

Aba Meyer

1862

 

 

Shlioma Osher

Ze'ev?

 

 

 

Abram

Yakov

1817

Photo #23

 

Beyla

Rafel

1863

 

 

Sheyna

Yehoshua

1837

 

 

Yakov

Yosef

1841

 

 

Reisha

Elchonan

 

 

 

Chana

Kalman

1847

 

 

Dov

Abraham

1848

 

 

Abram

Sender

1848

 

 

Alexander

Abraham

1847

Photo taken

 

Yehuda

Zvi Sholem

1853

 

 

Elchonan

Moshe

1859

 

 

Yakov

Itsak

1863

 

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