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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Sweden recognition of Palestinian State at this time merely adds fuel to already enflamed Middle East, says European Jewish Congress

2014-10-30

(Brussels, Thursday, October 30, 2014) – The European Jewish Congress has called the Swedish Government’s decision to officially recognize a Palestinian state a display of poorly timed judgment.

“Only last night an Israeli was gunned down in an attempt at cold blooded murder, following on from the intentional murder by ploughing into a crowd of people in Jerusalem, killing two, including a three month old baby, all of which follows Palestinian leaders calling on their people to do anything possible to ‘protect’ Jerusalem,” EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor said. “And rather than condemn the incitement to murder and seek ways to calm the situation, Sweden is merely adding fuel to an already enflamed Middle East and taking unilateral actions which the European Union committed its member states not to undertake.”

“This recognition also means recognizing a state which is at least in part controlled by the terrorist group Hamas, which is dedicated to the destruction of the State of Israel. Furthermore, with the current chaos and mass murder in places like Syria and Iraq, it appears bizarre that a foreign government would take such significant action completely unrelated to seeking ways to protect the tens if not hundreds of thousands of civilians whose lives are at immediate risk.”

“Today the government takes the decision to recognize the state of Palestine,” Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallstrom said in a statement on Thursday. “It is an important step that confirms the Palestinians’ right to self-determination,” she said, adding that “we hope that this will show the way for others.”

“This move is also illegitimate because it stands in opposition to commitments made by the European Union that neither side should take unilateral steps, and here is a member state doing exactly that,” Kantor continued. “For over 20 years the international community has consistently used the stick against Israel with all manner of threats and the carrot for the Palestinians, giving them prizes even while they continue to refuse to negotiate, telling them that recalcitrance is a strategy worth pursuing.”

“Perhaps there should be a major reassessment by the international community to assist the two sides get back to the negotiating table rather than taking actions which just pull the sides further apart.”

 European Jewish Congress (EJC)

Tel : +3225408159

Fax : +3225408169

Web : www.eurojewcong.org

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Invitation to the film screening

2014-10-27

Dear Friends, You are kindly invited to a film

THE LESSONS OF SURVIVAL. CONVERSATIONS WITH SIMON WIESENTHAL

screening to be held in Vilnius Jewish Public Library (Gedimino pr. 24, Vilnius) on October 28 at 5 PM.

The program also includes meeting the film creator INNA ROGATCHI

Invited speakres:

Prof. Irena Veisaitė and Mr. Darius Degutis – the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to Israel in 2009-2014.

The film THE LESSONS OF SURVIVAL. CONVERSATIONS WITH SIMON WIESENTHAL was released at the end of 2013, and was successfully shown at important European public events. Its European premiere was at the European Parliament in January 2014 commemorating the International Holocaust and Remembrance Day. In March 2014, the film was shown at a special screening and discussion event at the Lithuanian Seimas (parliament).

In April 2014, The Israeli National News, in a profile written by Rochel Sylvetsky, described the film in the following way:

"Inna Rogatchi's new film Lessons of Survival is the riveting film documentary on her never-before publicized conversations with the larger-than-life Nazi hunter as well as her own research into fascinating stories and facts about the Holocaust. Inna Rogatchi, too, is larger-than-life, and the noble role filled by the Rogatchi family in so many spheres is an example that is difficult to emulate".

RSVP by e-mail to info@vilnius-jewish-public-library.com or by calling (8 5) 219 77 48

 Sincerely,

Žilvinas Beliauskas

Head of the Vilnius Jewish Public Library

http://vilnius-jewish-public-library.com/

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The Shabbat Project: Making History

2014-10-23

As the sun dips below the horizon on October 24, an estimated one million people worldwide will be participating in this extraordinary initiative.

Paula Abdul and The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik have joined Nobel Prize laureates, international sports stars, a US vice-presidential candidate and Jews of every nationality, ethnicity and level of observance who, in less than a week, will be uniting in 340 cities across the globe for what might just be the most extraordinary Shabbat in Jewish history…

In Melbourne, a sociology professor from Monash University has undertaken an in-depth study of the city’s Jewish community to focus efforts, while scores of committees and subcommittees are ensuring the initiative reaches every last Jew in the state of Victoria. An estimated 50% of the 60,000-strong community are expected to take part.

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Czech movie “All My Loved Ones”

2014-10-23

Following the tradition of  the Czech film-evenings at the Tolerance Center of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum, the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Tolerance Center are cordially inviting you to a projection of a Czech movie "All My Loved Ones"

( "Všichni moji blízcí",  Czech Republic, 1999, 91 min., with EN subtitles) taking place on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 5.30 p.m. at  Tolerance Center of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum, Naugarduko g. 10/2, Vilnius.

„All My Loved Ones“ is a poetic story about unbelievable Sir Nicolas Winton‘s act of kindness – saving 644 Jewish children from death. The movie will be introduced by H. E. Bohumil Mazánek, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Republic of Lithuania. 

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World Jewish Congress mourns passing of Zionist leader Kalman Sultanik z’’l

2014-10-21

NEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress (WJC) mourns the passing of the legendary Zionist leader Kalman Sultanik z’’l, who for decades served in the leadership of the WJC, notably as a vice-president from 1977. Sultanik died in New York over the weekend aged 97. Sultanik was a member of the World Zionist Executive for many years representing the World Confederation of United Zionists. For four decades he served on the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel, and was chairman of the American Section of the World Zionist Organization. He was also a member of the US Holocaust Memorial Council and president of the Federation of Polish Jews. Kalman Sultanik was born in Miechów, Poland in 1917. Before World War II, he was a Jewish community and Zionist activist. During the war, he took part in the underground resistance movement against the Nazi invaders. He was deported to the concentration camp in Płaszów, before being transferred to a camp in Dresden. From there, he was sent on the death march to Terezin (Theresienstadt), where he was liberated in 1945. read more