Greetings

Happy Birthday to Vytautas Landsbergis

Happy Birthday to Vytautas Landsbergis

The Lithuanian Jewish Community and chairwoman Faina Kukliansky wish a happy birthday to Lithuanian independence leader and our good friend Vytautas Landsbergis, who turned 91 Monday, October 16.

We wish you health, stamina, peace and many more years to come. Mazl tov. Bis 120!

Rosh Hashana at the Šiauliai Regional Jewish Community

Rosh Hashana at the Šiauliai Regional Jewish Community

The Šiauliai Regional Jewish Community celebrated the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, at the Žemaitis restaurant in Šiauliai. Community chairman Naumas Gleizeris greeted celebrants and wished everyone a good and healthy year. Vadimas Kamrazeris performed live music and Community members took to the dance floor. The shofar horn was blown during the celebration. Some snapshots follow below.

Panevėžys Jewish Community Celebrates New Year

Panevėžys Jewish Community Celebrates New Year

Rosh Hashana is one of the most important Jewish holidays. The new year 5784 has begun. A small picnic took place in the courtyard of the Panevėžys Jewish Community on September 17 with apples and honey and challa bread, and warm wishes were expressed for Jews around the world.

This year for the first time this century Lithuanian Jewish scouts from Vilnius visited the Panevėžys Jewish Community. They were returning from the Žalioji Forest where they had camped for two days with scouts from Panevėžys. The Panevėžys Jewish Community treated them to a tour of the town including stories about the Jews of Panevėžys and the Holocaust.

After a brief rest at the Community, the scouts joined Community members for a holiday meal including the traditional dishes which according to custom should be sampled in greeting the Jewish New Year.

Rosh Hashana at the LJC

Rosh Hashana at the LJC

Last Friday the Lithuanian Jewish Community hosted a bnei maskilim–followers of Progressive Judaism–Kabalat Shabat ceremony and marked the Jewish New Year or Rosh Hashana, 5784, at the same time. Shana tova!

Thanks to Viljamas Žitkauskas for providing photos of the event below.

Happy Birthday to Faina Kukliansky

Happy Birthday to Faina Kukliansky

We wish a very happy birthday to our chairwoman Faina Kukliansky. Few know how much effort she puts into making everything run smoothly at the Lithuanian Jewish Community. We wish you great joy, limitless energy, success in all your and our endeavors and many happy and wonderful moments with your family, friends, Community members and staff, and many new friends here and around the world.  Mazl tov. Bis 120!

Lithuanian PM Offers Rosh Hashana Greetings

Lithuanian PM Offers Rosh Hashana Greetings

Lithuanian prime minister Ingrida Šimonytė presented the following greeting on the occasion of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year:

“Today when the Jewish communities in Lithuania, Israel and the whole world celebrate the birth of the world, in the name of our entire Government I greet you with the New Year, on the occasion of Rosh Hashana. The New Year with the call of the Shofar horn and the sweetness of apples dipped in honey begins a sacred time of reflection, repentance and renewal. It is a time to stop and look inward. It is a time to ask what sort of people we want to be and how we achieved that over the foregoing year, what we can still do for tranquility and peace in our countries and the world. I wish everyone a happy and peaceful year. May Rosh Hashana bring happiness, health and success to your families and peace to your homes. Shanah tovah u’metuka! A good and sweet year!”

Invitation to Kabalat Shabat

Invitation to Kabalat Shabat

The Lithuanian Jewish Community and Bnei Maskilim followers of Progresive Judaism invite you to a Kabalat Shabat ceremony and celebration of the eve of the Jewish New Year, 5784.

This warm, comfortable and moving gathering is a great entree to Rosh Hashana.

We will meet at 8:00 P.M. on Friday, September 15, in the hall on third floor of the Lithuanian Jewish Community in Vilnius.

Let’s Celebrate Rosh Hashana Together

Let’s Celebrate Rosh Hashana Together

The Lithuanian Jewish Community greets you on the occasion of the upcoming Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, 5784, and invites you and your entire family to come celebrate with us starting at 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 16, at the newly renovated Hotel Conti located at Raugyklos no. 7 in Vilnius.

The program includes greetings, a performance by the Fayerlakh Jewish song and dance ensemble, holiday meal (you can choose a meat or fish dish during registration, another concert called Zingen Mir a Lidele in Yiddish with the sololists Rita Alterman, Mariya Dushkina, Michailas Jablonsky and Leonardas Zenkevičius, plus much more.

Tickets are 25 euros for adults and 10 euros for children aged 13 and under. To register or receive more information, send an email to zanas@sc.lzb.lt or call (+370) 678 81514 between 10:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. on weekdays.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

The entire Lithuanian Jewish Community wishes Fayerlakh director Laurisa Vyšniauskienė a very happy birthday. May your days be filled with health, appreciation of your important work, talented people and many happy moments. Mazl tov. Bis 120!

Happy Birthday to Samuel Bak

Happy Birthday to Samuel Bak

The Lithuanian Jewish Community wishes Samuel Bak a very happy milestone birthday. We think you are one of the most remarkable painters of the 20th century. You cut right to the heart of human nature in your work, infusing even the most tragic historical events with meaning and recalling for the world the lost world of Jewish Vilna. Mazl tov. Bis 120!

Happy Birthday to Polina Sukolskaja

Happy Birthday to Polina Sukolskaja

We wish a very happy milestone birthday to long-time member and Saul Kagan Social Center client Polina Sukolskaja. May you continue to enjoy good health and may many happy moments with loved ones fill your days. Mazl tov. Bis 120!

Panevėžys Esperanto Club Celebrates 100 Years

Panevėžys Esperanto Club Celebrates 100 Years

Photo: Panevėžys Esperanto club members with their club flag in 1930.

The Revo Esperanto Club in Panevėžys recently celebrated its 100th birthday and Panevėžys Jewish Community chairman Gennady Kofman delivered a greeting there from Lithuanian Jewish Community chairwoman Faina Kukliansky, wishing members success in their meeting. Kofman also delivered an address, quoting from a book that the first Esperanto enthusiasts in Panevėžys were Jewish and talking about Jewish contributions to the Esperanto movement.

Revo Esperanto Club director Vida Kulikauskienė presented a short history of the club and said Esperanto might have begun there with Lithuanian Esperanto pioneer Aleksandras Dambrauskas, also known as Adomas Jakštas. Of course the artificial language was invented by Lazer Zamenhoff writing under the pseudonym Dr. Esperanto. Zamenhoff lived at various times in Lithuania and Poland but published the initial book in Poland. It quickly became popular in Lithuania and especially among Lithuanian Jews. At a certain point Soviet authorities banned the Esperanto clubs in the Soviet Union as possible avenues for foreign espionage, but eventually lifted the ban.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

Chairwoman Faina Kukliansky and the whole Lithuanian Jewish Community wish Panevėžys Jewish Community chairman Gennady Kofman a very happy 71st birthday. We wish you continued good health, happy moments, interesting people and many years to come. Mazl tov. Bis 120!