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Kenesa, Trakai

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Trakai Kenesa is the kenesa (synagogue) of the Karaite community in Trakai, Lithuania, and a rare example of a surviving wooden synagogue with an interior dome. It is still in use.
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  • We stopped for a quick look outside and take a photo. We didn’t go inside. Wasn’t open. Not worth going out the way for but if passing.  more »
  • While taking a quick stroll through the town, I passed this building; however, it was closed. The exterior and grounds were of interest and would have loved to have been able to see the interior.  more »
  • This building is one of the few remaining wooden synagogues of the Polish/Lithuanian Commonwealth and was constructed in the 18th century, renovated in 1890 and stil in use today.  more »
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  • Interesting and unbelievable history with amazing evidences, like as this Kenesa
  • The turn of 14th and 15th centuries lithuanian Grand Duke Vytautas (Witold) resettled a number of Karaite families from the Crimea for his guard purposes and granted them various privileges. A small community remains there to this day, which has preserved its language, distinctive customs. Their religion of Karaites is the reformed version of Judaism. Kenesa is the term for an East European Karaite synagogue. Karaite kenesa contains: Vestibule (azar), where worshipers take off their shoes. Moshav Zekenim (מושב זקנים, old men's pews): wooden benches for the old and the mourners, usually under a low ceiling. The loft above this ceiling is reserved for the women, who remain invisible to the men on the main floor. Shulkhan (שולחן‎ "table"): the main hall. Traditional Karaite worship was performed on the knees. In the past, kenesa floors were carpeted; however, modern Karaite kenesas have pews in the main hall. Hekhal, or altar (היכל): raised stand for the ritual Ark and the priest.
  • Home for the karaites
  • It is a temple which has very rich historically there are only four such in the world, one of which is located in Trakai. Of course, it is not possible to visit it in the middle but it is worth reading and people who are affiliated with it. It is a pity that so few people have been from this generation.
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  • For anyone who is interested in history or just likes the old architecture.
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