“Lotava” - Encyclopedia of Jewish
Communities in Lithuania

Translation of the “Lotava” chapter from
Pinkas Hakehillot Lita

Written by Dov Levin

Published by Yad Vashem

Published in Jerusalem, 1996



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Lotava (Lith.)

In Yiddish, Lotove

Translated by Shaul Yannai

A town in the Utena district, near Anyksciai. In the 19th century, there was a small Jewish settlement there. Rabbi Avraham-Abeli Yaffe, who passed away in 1820, was the Rabbi in Lotava. Kalman-Yitzkhak Kadishevitz, who was born in Lotava in 1875, was known as the “Lotover” (named after his town). Subsequently, he headed the Rabbinate in Anyksciai. He was murdered during the Holocaust.

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