European routes of Jewish heritage

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Series of events to commemorate the nationally designated day of genocide of the Jewish people of Lithuania, with events dedicated to commemorating also the liquidation of the Kaunas (Kovno) and Šiauliai (Shavl) ghettos as well as other important dates in Lithuanian Jewish history  will take place from 18 th  to 23rd of September 2014.

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Bagel Shop

With the aim of diminishing the hate and encouraging openness in society, the Lithuanian Jewish Community is conducting a project called "Bagel Shop" a tolerance campaign against public expressions of anti-Semitism and hate. The project is being financed under the NGO program of the European Economic Area's financial mechanism for the 2009-2014 period.

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Resources for Educators

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European routes of Jewish heritage

After more than a year researching Jewish heritage all over Europe, we are proud to present you our new series on Jewish Heritage Routes focusing on its different elements. >>ENTER

Invitation

Series of events to commemorate the nationally designated day of genocide of the Jewish people of Lithuania, with events dedicated to commemorating also the liquidation of the Kaunas (Kovno) and Šiauliai (Shavl) ghettos as well as other important dates in Lithuanian Jewish history  will take place from 18 th  to 23rd of September 2014.

>>Please see the the draft program 

 

In case you have any questions regarding these events, please do not hesitate to contact us :   \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

March of Living 2014

The Lithuanian Jewish Community invites you to attend the March of Living procession and memorial ceremony at Paneriai at 1:00 P.M.  April 28. This is a march to commemorate Holocaust victims and survivors from the
Paneriai railway station to the Paneriai Memorial.  >>MORE

Tourism opportunities must be exploited to increase economic growth

 

On 17 October, the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania Evaldas Gustas opened the 12th European Tourism Forum ‘Tourism – a Force for Economic Growth, Social Change and Welfare’, www.eu2013.lt has reported.

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World Jewish Congress and Lithuanian Jewish Community Attention to and Support for the Vilnius Yiddish Institute

 April 9, 2014

 Michael SchneiderisMichael Schneideris

Michael Schneider, a well-known leader of the World Jewish Congress and former executive director of WJC and the JDC (Joint), is currently visiting the Lithuanian Jewish Community. Discussions are taking place at the community on improving and expanding the activity of the Vilnius Yiddish Institute at Vilnius University and changes in its administration. These crucial questions regarding the future of the institute are being considered with the participation of the Lithuanian Jewish Community, fated by history to work to maintain the vitality of the Yiddish language. M.Schneider has said Vilnius should become the central and most important venue for Yiddish language studies in the world. The WJC is prepared to allocate funds to help create added value to the institute currently operating.

M.Schneider is a Litvak, his grandparents left Vilnius for South Africa in 1927. While visiting Lithuanian Jewish community now he was interviewed for the website of LJC. This is what M.Schneider said:

 

‘’Vilnius means coming back to my roots. It's a very beautiful city. I feel very good here. I walked around the Jewish ghetto, in the evening it was dark and empty, so it was impossible to get a feeling how it was in those days. My grandmother used to run a delicatessen shop and my father was a student of one of the yeshivas. I remember my uncles, one of my uncles used to be a very good football player. They called him Moshe the Footballist.  He was an outstanding Jewish scholar. My grandparents went to South Africa in 1927, and my grandfather became a religious leader revered by the Jewish community in a small town in South Africa. I know a lot about the scholarly achievements of Lithuanian Jews. I learned Yiddish from my mother.

   We are considering establishing a Yiddish institute, possibly in partnership in some way with the Lithuanian Jewish community, with Vilnius University where there is a course. So I just came to see what the facilities there are, what is already being done, what else additional might be required to upgrade the Yiddish studies in Vilnius, which was the spiritual centre of a very large Yiddish culture.

I don't think there are many practical problems at the moment,it's rather a question of thinking how we can create a value in addition to what has been already done. That's a major exploration with the local Jewish community and with some partnership. We are holding a discussion on Thursday with the Jewish community, the World Jewish Congress and the ORT in order to decide who will be the head of the Yiddish institute. We have obtained some funding from an anonymous donor who doesn't want his name to be mentioned. We are ready to fund it.

I am here in order to facilitate reaching some kind of agreement. I was the chief executive of the Jewish Congress and chief executive of the Joint. I represent the WJC and through WJC I represent the donor who wants to know that what will be done, will be done in the most effective way. It's very important to WJC to have such a Yiddish centre in Vilnius because, in my opinion, it's one of the Jewish heartlands of the Jewish language. That is why if we want to keep Yiddish as a living language, the best way to do it is in Lithuania. I am a Litvak. It will be an international centre with prominent experts who are renowned teachers of Yiddish and who will form the staff of teachers who will work here.’’

 

 

 

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  • Jewish Cuisine Seminars Continue 

    Everyone interested in learning how to cook traditional Jewish dishes and in finding out more about traditions of preparation and the special characteristics of Jewish cuisine is invited to attend the series of seminars called Jewish Cuisine. Topics: May 24, 2013 -- Traditional Jewish matzo dishes -- matzo cakes. The seminars are on Fridays in the White Hall on the first floor of the Lithuanian Jewish Community, Pylimo 4, Vilnius. Please come!