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Condolences

Davidas Ščiupakas has passed away at the age of 84. He was born in 1938. An active member of the Lithuanian Jewish Community who sat on the executive board, he held a doctorate in medical science. He served as a member of the governmental Health and Environmental Sciences Committee and authored numerous books and academic articles on medicine. He also taught many medical students.

He helped launch the book “Lietuvos Jeruzalės medikai” [Medical Experts of the Jerusalem of Lithuania] in 2017 which contained recollections from more than 70 authors about Jewish doctors in Lithuania.

Our deepest condolences to his widow Eva and their sons.

Challa Bake-Off around the World and at Bagel Shop Café

Challa Bake-Off around the World and at Bagel Shop Café

As the weather turns colder out, it’s almost natural for us to retire to our kitchens and engage in baking bread. For most of us this is a solitary vocation, perhaps a weekly one, with few around us to enjoy the pleasing aroma of baking bread. This year as in past, the Shabbos Project is inviting people around the world to bake Sabbath challa bread together, if only in spirit. The Bagel Shop Café will host a challa-bread-making event at 5:00 P.M. on Friday, October 22, as part of this world-wide project connecting millions of people in over 1,600. At 6:00 P.M. the Fayerlakh ensemble will perform for participants at that event.

More information here.

Lithuanian Makabi Conference

Lithuanian Makabi Conference

The Lithuanian Makabi Athletics Club will convene their annual conference at the Lithuanian Jewish Community in Vilnius on November 21. Agenda items include the annual report by the president, a report by the revision commission, new election of president and current issues.

Future Live Science Workshop for Children

The Ilan and Knafaim Clubs of the Lithuanian Jewish Community invite Community children (aged 7 and up) to participate in the Future Live experimental laboratory workshop, for those interested in chemistry and experiments. The chemist Jolanta Pileckienė, PhD, will conduct the activities. The cost is three euros per child. Registration and payment are required by October 22. We will send payment forms to those who register. To register, send an email to avital@lzb.lt. We will meet at 11:45 A.M. at PC Live Cup located at Upės street no. 9 in Vilnius. For more information call Avital Libman at +37064515730.

Introduction to Chess

The Ilan and Knafaim Clubs of the Lithuanian Jewish Community invite Community children and young people to an introduction to the game of chess with trainer V. Dambrauskas at 5:30 P.M. on Thursday, October 21 at the Lithuanian Jewish Community, Pylimo street no. 4, Vilnius. Register is required. To register send an email to avital@lzb.lt or call Avital Libman at +37064515730.

Šiauliai to Open Righteous Gentiles Square

Šiauliai to Open Righteous Gentiles Square

Šiauliai mayor Artūras Visockas invites the public to attend the opening ceremony for the city’s new Square of the Righteous Gentiles at 10:15 A.M. on October 22 at the intersection of Vilniaus and Ežero streets in Šiauliai, followed by a ceremony for planting Japanese cherry trees at Dainai Part at noon, located at Jonas Jablonskis street no. 16. At about 1:30 representatives of the Vilna Gaon Jewish History Museum will deliver a talk at the Aušra Museum located in the Venclauskiai manor at Vytauto street no. 89 including a lunch and discussion with actual Righteous Gentiles and their descendants. Please report your intention to attend by calling (8 41) 50 05 31 or by writing an email to agne.areliunaite@siauliai.lt

Condolences

Jadvyga Zelenkova, a member of the Union of Former Ghetto and Concentration Camp Prisoners, has passed away. She was born in 1935. Our deepest condolences to her son Sergejus and many friends and family members.

Wake and Funeral for Alfonsas Pilitauskas

Those wishing to bid their final farewell to the late Alfonsas Pilitauskas may attend the wake from 10:00 A.M. till 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 21, at the Nutrūkusi styga funeral home, Ąžuolyno street no. 10, Vilnius. The burial is scheduled for 1:30 P.M. the same day at the Antakalnis cemetery, Karių kapų street no. 11, Vilnius.

Condolences

The Kaunas Jewish Community send condolences to Lithuanian Jewish Community chairwoman Faina Kukliansky on the loss of her beloved husband and friend. We mourn his loss together with those he left behind and the entire community. We will always remember his warm glances, direct communication and his really being there together.

The Lithuanian Makabi Athletics Club send their condolences, as do the Šiauliai Regional Jewish Community and the Ukmergė Jewish Community.

We all wish Faina spiritual strength and comfort in this difficult time of loss.

Condolences

Our deepest condolences to Lithuanian Jewish Community chairwoman Faina Kukliansky on the unexpected loss of her beloved husband Alfonsas Pilitauskas. Your loss is our loss and we mourn together.

Sabbath Times

Sabbath Times

The Sabbath begins at 6:02 P.M. on Friday, October 15, and concludes at 7:12 P.M. on Saturday in the Vilnius region.

Book Presentation

Book Presentation

Dear reader,

The Lithuanian Jewish Community is pleased to invite you to a presentation of the book “Jehudit. Pasaulis galėtų būti toks gražus” by Aneta Anra with readings of passages in Lithuanian by Lithuanian actors Jolanta Dapkūnaitė and Darius Gumauskas at 6:00 P.M. on October 21 at the Lithuanian Jewish Community in Vilnius. The author will be there.

More information available here.

Hour of Music Marked 80th Anniversary of the Holocaust

Hour of Music Marked 80th Anniversary of the Holocaust

Judita Leitaitė, teacher at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater, performed a concert with her singing students Aija Jermoloviča, Jūratė Minelgaitė, Greta Rimšaitė, Gabija Žvinklytė, Natalija Dmuchovska, Skirmantė Vaičiūtė, Giedrius Gečys and Joris Gudelevičius at the Lithuanian Jewish Community October 12.

The hour of music was dedicated to commemorating the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Holocaust in Lithuania.

POLIN Museum and the Polish Memory Wars

POLIN Museum and the Polish Memory Wars

At 4:00 P.M. on October 15 the Lost Shtetl project and Vilnius University will continue the series of discussions called “Public Conversations about History.” During these discussions we will raise the issues of historical truth, memory wars and the motivations behind choosing to serve one ideology or another.

This time the topic is “The POLIN Museum and Poland’s Memory Wars.” We will engage historian and former POLIN director Dariusz Stola in conversation.

POLIN, the Polish museum of Jewish history, opened in 2014 and has had millions of visitors since then. The museum successfully addresses the complex past of Poles and Jews. But when POLIN demonstrated an exhibit about the anti-Zionist campaign of 1968 and expressed opposition to Poland’s new law on Holocaust complicity, right-wing nationalists and politicians in the ruling party attacked the museum.

Dariusz Stola will talk about the museum’s achievements and about how everything changed when the culture wars began dividing the country. In the discussion we’ll talk about how national commemoration policy rejects a critical judgment of the past as a “shaming methodology.” We will reflect on how these factors affect us.

Moderators: Sergejus Kanovičius and Paulius Gritėnas

The discussion will take place in English in the Theater Hall of Vilnius University. Certificate of vaccination or equivalent required for entry.

More information available here.

Lithuanian Pledges Made at Malmö Forum

Lithuanian Pledges Made at Malmö Forum

Statement by Lithuania at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Anti-Semitism

Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Anti-Semitism
October, 12-13, 2021

Pledges by Lithuania for 2021-2025

The Lithuanian government is engaged in a number of initiatives on Holocaust remembrance and education, which are to be implemented within a 5-year perspective. The most significant of them include opening new museum spaces and updating existing school curricula incorporating modern teaching recommendations on the Holocaust. This is an important contribution to raising awareness and educating society not only about the Holocaust but also the ages rich history of Jews in Lithuania. It was extensively presented during the year 2020, which was officially dedicated to the Vilna Gaon and saw a significant increase of interest in Jewish life, history and heritage in Lithuania.

Lithuanian President Says Country Ready to Implement EU Strategy for Fighting Anti-Semitism

Lithuanian President Says Country Ready to Implement EU Strategy for Fighting Anti-Semitism

Lithuanian president Gitanas Nausėda at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Battling Anti-Semitism Thursday called for educating young people and resisting hate-speech and attempts to falsify history.

He said the great tragedy of the Jews of Lithuania touched almost every city and town and left a void. He said while it’s not possible to fill that void, it is necessary to insure the lessons of the Holocaust are not forgotten.

“We have to make sure the future generations remember and think about what happened. There is no other way to guarantee the horrific events of the past never happen again. Our pledges today must become specific actions aimed at the young generation and all of society,” he said.

Presenting Lithuania’s pledges for Holocaust remembrance and fighting anti-Semitism, the president stressed the importance of educating society, strong academic research and the preservation of Lithuanian Jewish heritage. The Vilna Gaon Jewish History Museum being expanded for this purpose will help better reveal the rich history of the Jews of Lithuania, he said.

Condolences

Rimas Lipšic, a long-time member of the Šiauliai Regional Jewish Community, died October 13. He was born in 1949. Our deepest condolences to his wife Nijolė and his children and grandchildren.