2015 Vilnius Yiddish Institute Summer Course Graduation Ceremony

2015 Vilnius Yiddish Institute Summer Course Graduation Ceremony

The 2015 Yiddish summer course at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute of Vilnius University concluded at the usual location, the courtyard of a restaurant adjacent to the university in the Old Town, with music, a theatrical presentation, the issuance of diplomas and plenty of food to go around. An addition this year was a sort of daycare center-corner for small children with toys and books.

Šarūnas Liekis, the head of the institute, served as MC and addressed the audience in Yiddish.

This summer’s crop of students included a Japanese individual, an American contingent, a Polish contingent, ethnic Lithuanians and people hailing from other parts of the world.

Arkady Vinokur presented a preview of the New Yiddish Theater project he is working on.

The audience included all the faculty and staff of the summer course, former students, Lithuanian Jewish Community chairwoman Faina Kukliansky and LJC deputy chairwoman Maša Grodnikienė, local Jewish and Jewish-friendly residents and what seemed like an unusal number of primary-school-age children who left before the event was over.


  • American students
  • Anna Verschik Olga and Abraham Lichtenbaum
  • Fania
  • Genadiy Vinokur introduces new Yiddish theater
  • Lithuanian family klezmer band