Kelmė ( pronunciation (help·info)) is a city in central Lithuania. It has a population of 9,150 and is the administrative center of the Kelmė district municipality.
Kelmė's name may come from the Lithuanian "Kelmynės", literally "the stubby place" because of the forests that were there at the time of its founding.
Kelmė was first mentioned in 1416, the year that Kelmė's first church was built.
Prior to World War II, Kelmė (Yiddish: Kelm) was home to a famous Rabbinical College, the Kelm Talmud Torah.
According to an 1897 census, 2,710 of Kelme’s 3,914 inhabitants were members of the town’s Jewish population, the vast majority of whom were merchants and traders and lived in the town.
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