Monday during morning prayers police officers were called to the Choral Synagogue in Vilnius during a disturbance. Vilnius mayoral advisor Daniel Lupshitz allegedly disturbed the peace of worshipers during prayers and Torah reading through the issuance of insults and profanities. It was reportedly not the first time security had to be increased and police help sought because of this individual’s behavior.
The Lithuanian Jewish Community categorically rejects and condemns intentional provocations aimed at members of the religious congregation.
This sort of behavior is unacceptable and demonstrates gigantic disrespect towards all visitors. The incident will be investigated by law enforcement and appropriate measures will be taken.
We apologize for the disruption of the service to those who were affected by the incident.