What did I inherit from my family who survived the Lithuanian Holocaust?

In this important and poignant collection of thoughts and memories from descendants of Holocaust survivors, 88 men and women from around the world share personal, often heartrending reflections...

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2015 version of Litvak Culture Map

Dovid Katz, who has taught at Oxford, Yale and Vilnius University and is now an independent researcher based in Vilnius, has released today the 2015 base version of his map of the traditional Litvak culture area in northeastern Europe.

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Lithuanian Jewish Community Calendar for 5775 (2014-2015) Celebrates Litvak Doctors

LJC and JDC have produced Jewish calendars distributed free to community members and friends during the Jewish New Year season. This year, 5775, the theme chosen was Lithuanian Jewish contributions to medicine.

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In the activities it carries out, the Lithuanian Jewish Community constantly emphasizes the importance of human respect.

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Documentary “Uncle Chatzkel”


Dear Friends,
You are kindly and cordially invited to meet film director from Australia
Rod Freedman
Who will be presenting his documentary “Uncle Chatzkel”
In Vilnius Jewish Public Library, Gedimino pr. 24,
on March 30, at 3 PM
(Please mind that screening of the same documentary with Lithuanian sound and communication providing interpretation services with Rod Freedman will be held on the same day at 6 PM)

Film director from Australia Rod Freedman presents his documentary “Uncle Chatzkel” in Vilnius Jewish Public Library.
On Monday, March 30, 2015, at 3 PM guests of the Vilnius Jewish Public Library will have a rare opportunity to meet a famous film director and producer from Australia Rod Freedman – an independent director, producer and executive producer whose documentaries have won many Australian and international awards and screened in dozens of film festivals. Rod is particularly interested in stories about people and their life’s journeys. Rod’s most recent film as producer is ONCE MY MOTHER, showing in the 2015 Vilnius International Film Festival in the ‘Lithuanians Abroad’ program. Rod’s grandparents were Jewish Lithuanian.

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WJC official participates in reopening ceremony at restored synagogue in Edirne, Turkey


The deputy CEO of the World Jewish Congress, Maram Stern, was in Turkey this week to take part in the re-opening ceremony of the Great Synagogue of Edirne, which was restored for $2.5 million and is the first synagogue to open in Turkey in two generations. Guest of honor at the ceremony was Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç.

Turkey’s Jewish community head, İshak İbrahimzadeh, attended the morning service conducted by Davud Azuz, who had led the last service at the synagogue 46 years ago. An estimated 250 people attended the service in the temple, which has a capacity of 1,200. “I would like to thank those who contributed,” Azuz said, referring to the community effort to re-open the Great Synagogue.

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Iranian president writes to Western leaders as nuclear negotiators come close to deadline


Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani sent a letter to the leaders of the P5+1 group, including US President Barack Obama, as negotiations contuned in Switzerland over a possible agreement aimed at preventing Iran from building an atomic bomb

The content of the letters was not known, but Rouhani also phoned the leaders of Russia, China, Britain and France, his office said.

“We are acting in the national and international interest and we should not lose this exceptional opportunity,” he reportedly told British Prime Minister David Cameron by phone, the presidency said.

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WJC news


‘America must lead’ – Jewish leaders testify before US Congress on rise of anti-Semitism


In testimony before a key US Congressional committee on Tuesday, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder warned that radical Islam was fueling the flames of a new anti-Semitism engulfing Europe, and criticized the United States for failing to lead the fight to extinguish the threat.

Appearing on behalf of WJC – representing more than 100 Jewish communities worldwide – before the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, Lauder said: “In order to defeat this new flame of radical Islamic terror and survive, the United States must lead. The United States can and must speak loudly and clearly to condemn this evil for what it is – the radical Islamic hatred of Jews.”

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