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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JCL Purim


You are invited to the Vilnius Choral Synagogue for Purim, including readings from the Book of Esther.

Wednesday, March 4: Fast of Esther from the morning till 6:44 P.M.

Evening prayer and reading from the Book of Esther: 6:44 P.M.

Thursday, March 5: Morning prayer and reading from Book of Esther at 8:30 A.M.

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The 16th annual cycle of the Vilna Yiddish Reading Circle (which doubles as an intermediate-level class) starts next Thursday March 5th (Purim) at 5 PM sharp (1700) at the Jewish Community of Lithuania, Pylimo 4, Vilnius, upstairs seminar room.

Everyone welcome, admission free. Only Yiddish is spoken, but non-speakers are always invited to come and listen (hearing Yiddish is good for your health!). The project is carried forward in memory of three of its stalwarts of the first decade and a half: Dr. Sheine Sideraite, Dr. Izraelis Lempertas (Yisroel Lempert) and Mr. Meilach Stalevich.

The program is led by Dr. Dovid Katz, who founded it at the Jewish Community in September 1999, and was professor at Vilnius University from 1999 to 2010, after many years of teaching at Oxford and a stint at Yale (information on his works in Yiddish studies at: www.dovidkatz.net). Additional classes and seminars may be added in due course. EVERYBODY WELCOME!

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Limmud 2015 gallery

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Opening of exhibition “ORT in Lithuania: Prepared for Life”


February 10, 2015, M. and K. Petrauskas Museum of Lithuanian Music

The Kaunas branch of the M. and K. Petrauskas Museum of Lithuanian Music (K. Petrausko street no. 31) invites the public to attend the opening of an exhibit called "Prepared for Life: the ORT in Lithuania" at 4:00 P.M. on March 3. The exhibit illustrates the activities of the ORT organization in Kaunas including arts and crafts courses, daily school life, student-teacher activities, snapshots from school life, reminiscences of classmates and teachers, the importance of having a profession in the ghettos during the Holocaust and ORT activities around the world and in Lithuania today. The exhibit will run until April 4. Admission to the opening ceremony is free.

The mobile exhibition in Lithuanian and English was prepared by the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum and the World ORT with the cooperation of the Lithuanian Central State Archive and is dedicated to the history of the ORT as it operated in Lithuania between the world wars. The ORT is a Jewish educational and training organization which continues to operate today around the world. read more




Our deepest condolences to Jewish (Litvak) Community of Lithuania chair, attorney Faina Kukliansky, and to her extended family, upon the death of her beloved mother, Mrs. Klara Toides-Kuklianskienė. Mrs. Toides-Kuklianskienė was born in Šiauliai, Lithuania in 1930, and lived and worked in Vilnius. She spent the last decades of her life in Israel.

Jewish (Litvak) Community of Lithuania, Vilnius Jewish Community, Religious Jewish Community of Lithuania, Religious Jewish Community of Vilnius, The Good Will Foundation

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