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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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

A Neo-Nazi Beauty Pageant — Nefarious Glorification of Anti-Semitism at its Worst

2014-10-21

Menachem Rosensaft

One of the most insidious, and perhaps ultimately one of the most dangerous, manifestations of neo-Nazi resurgence may well be its steady subversive infiltration of contemporary popular and consumer culture.

Rabidly bigoted -- anti-Semitic, anti-Roma, generally xenophobic -- modern day neo-Nazi parties and movements such as Jobbik in Hungary and Golden Dawn in Greece are relatively easy to identify and fight through political, judicial and legislative means. They are the violent heirs of the Nazi Brown Shirts, the S.A., who terrorized non-fascist Germans throughout much of the 1920's and early 1930's as part of Hitler's rise to eventual absolute power. read more

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

2014-10-19

For a number of years now the Lithuanian Jewish Community (LJC) and the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) have produced Jewish calendars distributed free to community members and friends during the Jewish New Year season. Each edition of the calendar features a central theme. This year, 5775, the theme chosen was Lithuanian Jewish contributions to medicine. The choice was not random.

Over the past five or ten years a number of Lithuanian cultural figures have rediscovered the fact that a beloved literary character was based on a real Jewish man who lived and worked in Vilna. Korney Chukovsky's stories centered around the figure of Dr. Aibolit (Russian, pronounced áy-balít for ‘Ay, it hurts!’), called Daktaras Aiskauda in Lithuanian (Aiskauda also means ‘Ay, it hurts!’ in Lithuanian), and were roughly modeled on the character of his friend Tsemakh Shabad (1864-1935), the renowned Vilna children's doctor and all-around humanitarian and cultural leader. read more