Vol 61, No 9 (2000)


Cover Page
Locked exterior door of abandoned wooden synagogue in Alanta, Lithuania. Once numbering more than 1,000, these structures were the focal point of Jewish life in the small towns of Eastern Europe. Only a few now survive, being used as barns, storage sheds, or garages. The Florida Atlantic University Libraries, through its Judaica Collections, sent a team to Eastern Europe to document the re­maining structures, an effort which re­sulted in a film narrated by Theodore Bike!. Wooden models of the wooden synagogues are currently on display in the Judaica Collections, which number more than 80,000 volumes gathered largely from Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Israel. For more information, see article on page 777.