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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Shavuot – the Festival of Weeks


The Torah was given by G-d to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai more than 3300 years ago. Every year on the holiday ofShavuot we renew our acceptance of G‑d’s gift, and G‑d “re-gives” the Torah. The word Shavuot means “weeks.” It marks the completion of the seven-week counting period between Passover and Shavuot.

You shall count for yourselves — from the day after the Shabbat, from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving — seven Shabbats, they shall be complete. Until the day after the seventh sabbath you shall count, fifty days… You shall convoke on this very day — there shall be a holy convocation for yourselves — you shall do no laborious work; it is an eternal decree in your dwelling places for your generations. -Leviticus 21:15-16, 21

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Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism – very short update


To:      All WJC Affiliated Communities & Organizations
WJC Executive Committee

Dear Friends,

Last week the Foreign Ministry of Israel convened The 5th International Conference of the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism.

There were all together 1,200 participants from over 80 countries present over the 3 days in Jerusalem. Most of them were professionals dealing with this issue, but politicians, diplomatic representatives as well as press were also present.

Following you will find the statements adopted by the conference on Combating Cyberhate and Online Antisemitism and Combating Antisemitism in Europe – as well as my own closing statement of the conference.

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Few things about bagels


Chew On This: The Science Of Great NYC Bagels (It’s Not The Water)

One of the first life lessons I picked up in college was this: The secret to the shiny crust and chewy bite prized in New York bagels is boiling. Any other way of cooking them, my Brooklyn born-and-raised, freshman-year roommate told me, is simply unacceptable.


Leo Rosten famously noted in The Joys of Yiddish (1968) that bagels are mentioned around 1610, in Jewish community rules (takónes) from Krakow but he oversimplified a bit when he reported that “bagels would be given as a gift to any woman in childbirth”.


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Kol Europe Newsletter


Welcome to Kol Europe, the only news bulletin dedicated to European policy news for Jewish communities brought to you by CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe. The “voice of Europe” focuses on the latest policy and institutional developments that can have an impact on the creation of an inclusive Europe where Jews and everyone can live securely to their fullest potential.

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“The Naked Truth” on Lithuanian Television


by Geoff Vasil

The national Lithuanian television channel Lietuvos rytas TV recently (on May 4) broadcast a show by veteran talk-show host Rūta Grinevičiūtė (surname recently changed to Janutienė) called Nuoga Tiesa, “Naked Truth,” which posed the question, “Do you want the Jews to return again [sic] to Lithuania?” Viewers were invited to call in and/or vote by special telephone lines for Yes and No with a one euro toll per call. For that and a number of other reasons the entire program had something of the macabre about it, and although some of the guests made some important points, all of them seemed to miss certain glaring details which would have been the center of attention in the West.

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