YIVO is the predominant research institute in the world dealing with the history and culture of the Jews of Eastern Europe. It was found in Vilnius in 1925. YIVO headquarters moved to New York City in 1940, where it has been in operation to the present.Events to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the YIVO will take place in Vilnius September 18 to 20.read more
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...read more
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.read more
Congressional Democrats are increasingly confident that they will have the one-third votes in either chamber to defend a presidential veto against any legislative bid to overturn the Iran nuclear deal.
“More and more of them (House Democrats) have confirmed to me that they will be there to sustain the veto,” Pelosi told reporters, according to Reuters.
Republicans in the House and Senate are expected to push through a “resolution disapproval,” effectively keeping the US out of the nuclear deal negotiated with Iran by a US-led group of six world powers.
But President Barack Obama has promised to veto such a bill, forcing Congress to produce a two-thirds majority in both houses to override the veto.
File photo: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, December 5, 2014 (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
The swimming competition at the European Maccabi Games in Berlin has ended in which Lithuanian Makabi swimmers made a very good showing. The competition took place in an open swimming pool. Conditions for the athletes were quite complicated because of the low air temperature, varying from 11 degrees in the morning to 18 during the day. The Lithuanian team withstood all the challenges and came away with 16 medals. Each of the four members of Lithuanian Makabi competed in from 4 to 8 swimming styles over the length of the pool. Andrej Fadajev reaped a heavy harvest taking 3 gold and 5 silver medals. Veteran swimmer Ela Pavinskienė won three bronze, as did the young Ekaterina Gampe, while young Artiom Perepelica took two bronze. The home team won another three medals in one-on-one swim-offs with swimmers from other countries, Ekaterina Gamper taking a gold medal and Artiom Perepelica a silver.
Badminton player Alanas Plavinas won two European championship gold medals, one by himself and the other together with Estonian badminton player Semion Bremer.
The Lithuanian Makabi football team faced a tougher course. The team includes Gercas Žakas as coach, Matvejus Fišmanas as head of the team and Arturas Sobolis as team captain. Within the division the Lithuanian Makabi team won against the Netherlands 6:3, against Turkey 7:3 and tied with Spain’s Macabbeans at 3:3, to take first place within the division. There are a total of 15 teams competing, divided into 4 subgroups. Lithuanian Makabi are to face the powerful Israeli team Sunday, August 2, in the semichampionship.read more
Dubbing Iran “the world’s leading exponent of anti-Jewish racism,” a former professor of comparative literature and Yiddish at Harvard decried the nuclear deal with Iran touted by President Barack Obama, saying it would fuel “racism on a global scale.”
“Iran’s frank genocidal ambition dwarfs [Nazi Germany]. Whereas Adolf Hitler and Reinhard Heydrich had to plot the ‘Final Solution’ in secrecy, using euphemisms for their intended annihilation of the Jews of Europe, Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweets that Israel ‘has no cure but to be annihilated,’” wrote Ruth R. Wisse.
She wrote that until Iran has a nuclear bomb — though the nuclear deal aims to curb Iran’s ability to do just that — it will continue to commit violence against the Jewish state through Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Lebanese Hezbollah and other regional proxies.
Wisse charged Obama with acting out a double standard on racism; Obama “leaped to the defense” of Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. and Trayvon Martin, but apparently ignores “the world’s most widespread and ideologically driven racism” by forging a deal with the “fanatical anti-Jewish regime in Tehran, despite what he calls Iran’s ‘bad behavior.’”
She argued that Obama’s environment has long been tainted with anti-Jewish beliefs, whether growing up in Indonesia or worshiping in Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, which apparently practices an “animus against Jews and Israel.”
Wisse concluded that “Americans intent on stopping Iran are not against the president but in favor of the hope he once embodied for an end to racism.”