LESS HATE, MORE TOLERANCE

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

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Olameinu Summer Camp for Kids 2014

The first session of the Olameinu summer camp for kids at the Dubingiai-Litorina recreational area in Dubingiai, Lithuania, took place from June 30 to July 9, under the direction of camp director Dorin Rosenkov and a creative and active team.

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Bloodbath at Jerusalem synagogue: WJC shocked at heinous terror attack against peaceful worshipers

2014-11-20
 

Press Release

NEW YORK/JERUSALEM – Leaders of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) on Tuesdayexpressed shock and outrage at yet another terrorist attack against Jews in Jerusalem. At least four people, including a rabbi, were killed and more than a dozen others wounded when two Arab terrorists burst into the synagogue during morning prayers and attacked worshipers with a gun, a meat cleaver and an ax. The two perpetrators were killed by police officers arriving at the scene. It was the deadliest terror attack in Jerusalem in many years.

WJC President Ronald Lauder said: “Our hearts go out to the victims of this heinous crime and to their families.” Lauder said the bloodbath in the Kehilat Bnei Torah Synagogue in Har Nof was “obviously the result of an orchestrated campaign by Palestinian groups whose sole aim is to incite to hatred and violence against Jews.”

He welcomed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ condemnation of the attack but said that in order to be credible Abbas had to stop the “vicious incitement against Israelis that is happening on his watch.”

“Instead of opposing the extremists in his own ranks, Mr. Abbas has been placating them. If he wants to retain any credibility he must show strong, unequivocal leadership now. Failure to do so would have catastrophic consequences and would probably put a stop to the peace process for many years to come. The next weeks will show if he is a credible Palestinian leader,” Lauder said.

The WJC president called it an outrage that houses of prayer were now being deliberately targeted by Palestinian terrorists. “Houses of worship anywhere in the world must be sacrosanct. Whoever attacks peaceful worshipers in a synagogue, a mosque or a church is nothing but a despicable criminal.” About the World Jewish Congress

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations.

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Brussels: Michael Thaidigsmann Director, Media relations, World Jewish Congress Tel: +32 2 552 09 24 Cell: +32 495 510 917 Email: mthaidigsmann@wjcmail.org

www.worldjewishcongress.org

 
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Condolences

2014-11-17

The Jewish (Litvak) Community of Lithuania laments the passing of South African Jewish leader Mervyn Smith, a wise leader and a great friend. We extend our most sincere condolences to his children and grandchildren. May his memory never be forgotten. Faina Kukliansky Chairperson of the Jewish (Litvak) Community of Lithuania

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Exhibition “Hello, Paris! The Path of Litvak Artists” opens in London

2014-11-17

On 11 November, representatives of the British, Jewish and Lithuanian communities in London attended the opening of the exhibition "Hello, Paris. The Path of Litvak Artists" at Europe House, Lihtuania's Embassy in London reports.

The Lewben Art Foundation exposition presents long-accumulated works by famous Litvak (Jews from the lands of the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania) representatives of the École de Paris: Pinchus Kremegne, Michael Kikoine, Theo Tobiasse, Emmanuel Mane-Katz, Max Band, Neemiya Arbit Blatas. "I am happy that London hosts this impressive exhibition. We put a lot of heart and effort into promotion of the Jewish heritage of Lithuania in the UK. Each year we organize the traditional Litvak days in London - an annual conference dedicated to the history and culture of the Lithuanian Jews," Lithuanian Ambassador Asta Skaisgirytė-Liauškienė said. Exhibition opening. Photo courtesy of MFA

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Which Issues Did the Exhibition Neglect to Cover?

2014-11-17

by Milan Chersonski

These observations do not claim to be a review of the traveling exhibition “Lithuanian Jews behind the Iron Curtain,” which was mounted by the Tolerance Center of the Vilnius Gaon Jewish State Museum in Vilnius (hereinafter “the state Jewish museum”) from 13 March to 31 July 31 this year. By and large, issues raised refer to the fate of Lithuanian Jewry during World War II and contemporary issues regarding some issues in Lithuanian history.

The design, composition and execution of the March-to-July 2014 exhibit at the state Jewish museum were all excellent, with state of the art utilization of both sides of exhibition boards. There was a wealth of material, particularly photographic, on spheres of life including individual, family, children and adults, group, duets, “before and after” photos of the prewar and postwar periods, official photos of events, documents, newspaper clippings, posters, quotes from academic papers of academics, quotes from letters and literary works, memoirs of the eye-witnesses to the events, cartoons and captions to them, correspondence of public officials, etc. One side of each stand presents the materials in the Lithuanian language, the other in English. The exhibition is mobile: it can be quickly assembled, prepared for inspection, quickly disassembled, folded and transported. This allows us to suggest that the exhibition can be (or is even meant to be?) exhibited not only in Vilnius or Lithuania, but also abroad: it has recently become a fashion among the Lithuanian academic community, while exploring the tragedy of Lithuanian Jews during World War II (the Holocaust issues), to arrange conferences, symposia and other scientific events on this subject and related Jewish questions, not only in Lithuania, but also for foreign tours in the UK, the USA, South Africa and further afield.

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Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly

2014-11-12

Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly on Monday and said that the United States will never abandon Israel.

"Were there not an Israel, US would have to invent one. We will never ever abandon Israel - out of our own selfinterest," he said. Biden also said that Israel has the right to defend itself, and that the US supports Israel with $8.5 million per day.

THE GA IS THE PREMIER LEADERSHIP RETREAT for Federation volunteer leaders and professionals engaged in the business of Jewish philanthropy from across North America and around the world. With Israel in crisis, it is more important than ever. read more