Registry of Opposition to “The National Convention Center” Atop the Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery at Piramónt (Šnipiškės)
PETITION (42,500 SIGNATURES); 12 US CONGRESSMEN; LOCAL JEWS; PEOPLE NEAR & FAR; LEADING RABBIS; CHIEF RABBI OF ISRAEL; VIDEO; ARTICLES IN LITHUANIAN
Just ONE allegedly “compromised” group of Satmar rabbis in London, the “CPJCE”, are allegedly in cahoots with certain Lithuanian government sections, and business & builders’ financial ambitions for the cemetery.
1: The 12 Litvak-tradition rabbis / heads of yeshiva in the U.S. who signed a July 2015 proclamation: Rabbi Moshe Brown (Agudath Israel of West Lawrence); Rabbi Dovid Feinstein (Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem of America); Rabbi Reuven Feinstein (Yeshiva of Staten Island); Rabbi Aharon Feldman (Ner Israel Rabbinical College); Rabbi Moshe Green (Yeshiva D’Monsey Rabbinical College); Rabbi Osher Kalmanowitz (Mirrer Yeshiva); Rabbi Chaim Dov Keller (Telshe Yeshiva − Chicago); Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky (Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia); Rabbi Aryeh Malkiel Kotler (Beth Medrash Govoha − Lakewood, N.J.); Rabbi Yosef Rosenblum (Beth HaMedrash Shaarei Yosher); Rabbi Aaron M. Schechter (Rabbinical Academy Mesivta Chaim Berlin); Rabbi Elya Ber Wachtfogel (Yeshiva Zichron Moshe).
2: The 4 Litvak-tradition rabbis / heads of yeshiva in Israel who signed a June 2015 proclamation: Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach; Rabbi Meir Soloveitchik; Rabbi Israel Isaac Kalmanovitz; Rabbi Tsvi Rotberg.
3: Leaders of the Gaon of Vilna Synagogue in Tel Aviv (including the Gaon’s direct descendants): Rabbi Yosef Tsvi Halevy; Rabbi Elijah Landa (in the name of all the Gaon’s family); the entire council of the synagogue and study house.
4: Rabbinic/academic delegation from Europe, the U.S. and Israel came to Lithuania on 25 August 2015 to plead for the convention center to be moved to another location: Rabbi Chizki Kalmanowitz (Asra Kadisha, Jerusalem); Rabbi Osher Kalmanowitz (dean, Mir Yeshiva in Brooklyn, N.Y.); Rabbi Malkiel Kotler (dean, Beth Medrash Govoha, Lakewood, N.J.); Rabbi David Niederman (Central Rabbinical Congress of the USA and Canada); Dr. David Michael Schaps (Conference of Academicians for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries); Rabbi Avraham Yaffe Schlesinger (chief rabbi, Orthodox community, Geneva).
5: Rabbinic delegation meets in Feb. 2017 in Washington DC with Lithuania’s ambassador to plead for the cemetery, including: Rabbi Pinchos Hecht (Mirrer Yeshiva, N.Y.), Rabbi Malkiel Kotler (Beth Medrash Govoha, Lakewood), Rabbi Osher Kalmanowitz (Mirrer Yeshiva, N.Y.), Rabbi Shmuel Lemberger, Rabbi David Niederman (United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn), Rabbi Shmuel Mordche Stern, Rabbi Yakov Ber Teitelbaum (representing his father, Satmar Grand Rabbi Yekusiel Zalmen Teitelbaum).
6: Compendium of rabbinic pleas to the government of Lithuania concerning the Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery (in Hebrew)
7: Hundreds of rabbis among the 40,000+ signatories of Ruta Bloshtein’s international petition launched in December 2016.
Mauše Beirakas (Lithuania)
Didier Bertin (France)
Herbert Block (New York)
Christian Bonneville (France & Lithuania)
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein (Los Angeles)
Milan Chersonski (Lithuania)
Rabbi Abraham Cooper (USA)
Donna Druchunas (USA & Lithuania)
Rabbi Pini Dunner (London and Beverley Hills)
Professor Pinchos Fridberg (Lithuania)
Berel Fried (USA)
Rabbi Marvin Hier (USA)
Malcolm Hoenlein (USA)
Professor Dovid Katz (Lithuania)
Juris Kaža (Latvia)
Serge Klarsfeld (France)
Rabbi Elijah Landa (Israel)
Pastor Michael Maass (Lithuania & USA)
Dr. Beata Nemcová (Slovakia)
Julius Norwilla (Lithuania)
Professor Josifas Parasonis (Lithuania)
Rabbi Abraham Pinter (London) [petition signer]
Yair Rosenberg (United States)
Rabbi Tzvi Rotberg (Israel)
Dr. Tomasz Wiśniewski (Poland)
Dr. Efraim Zuroff (Israel)