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Women’s Club to Meet Friday

Women’s Club to Meet Friday

Women are invited to the Women’s Club meeting this Friday where we’ll prepare for Passover which is coming soon. We’ll talk about traditions from over the millennia and from more recent times and we’ll learn how to make Litvak matzo kneydlakh and a huge matzo cake.

Time: 6:30 P.M., Friday, April 12
Place: Lithuanian Jewish Community, Vilnius

Registration required. Send an email to zanas@lzb.lt or call (+370) 678 81514.

We hope to see you there.

Congratulations to Aleksandras Segalas

Congratulations to Aleksandras Segalas

The entire Lithuanian Jewish Community congratulates Aleksandras Segalas on his successful defense of his dissertation “Emotions and Confirmation Bias in Simulated Child Sexual Abuse Investigative Interviews” last Friday at the Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius. We are all very proud of his achievements and wish him the greatest future success.

Purim Celebrations for Young and Old Sunday

Purim Celebrations for Young and Old Sunday

The Lithuanian Jewish Community invites you to come and celebrate Purim this Sunday with event programs for young and old.

The Dubi Club for children aged 3 to 7 will stage a great program with skits, games, songs and other fun activities.

At the same time Bnei Maskilim invites you to a reading of the Book of Esther, tzedakah and mishloach manot, and the traditional potluck feast.

Everyone is welcome.

Time: 12:00 noon, Sunday, March 24
Place: Lithuanian Jewish Community, Vilnius

Don’t forget your masks and costumes!

Please note: registration is required for the Bnei Maskilim event. Please send an email to viljamas@lzb.lt.

Women’s Club to Meet

Women’s Club to Meet

Dear women of the Lithuanian Jewish Community,

We are meeting at the Lithuanian Jewish Community in Vilnius this Friday. You can expect real Women’s Club fun, including interesting conversation, an introduction to Purim, making hamantashen pastries and more. If you’ve been to one of the meetings before, you know this will be an unforgettable evening. Those who haven’t should come and find out for themselves.

Time: 6:30 P.M., Friday, March
Place: Third floor, Lithuanian Jewish Community, Pylimo street no. 4, Vilnius

Registration is required by writing zanas@sc.lzb.lt or calling (+370) 678 81514.

Youth Clubs Meeting This Weekend

Youth Clubs Meeting This Weekend

The Knafaim Club meets Friday, March 8, at 6:00 P.M. On Sunday at 12 noon the Ilan Club for younger children meet for a special program of activities and loads of fun. On Thursday, March 14, another in the Women’s Club series of meetings will happen at 6:30 P.M. If you’ve been to one of these before, you know what a good time to expect, and if you haven’t, come and find out! It all happens at the Lithuanian Jewish Community in Vilnius. Stay tuned for more information.

Yiddish Lessons

Yiddish Lessons

The Lithuanian Jewish Community is offering Yiddish lessons again. The first class will be Sunday, February 25, at 1:00 P.M. at the Lithuanian Jewish Community in Vilnius. For more information, write zanas@sc.lzb.lt. See you there.

New Dubi Club Season Opens

New Dubi Club Season Opens

The Lithuania Jewish Community’s Dubi Children’s Club opened a new season of activities on Sunday, February 18. If your child or children aged 4 to 6 want to meet friends, play, have fun and engage in new activities, mark your calendar for Sunday at 12 noon. Dubi Club takes place at the Lithuanian Jewish Community in Vilnius. For more information, contact Žana Skudovičienė by telephone at +370 678 81514 or by email at zanas@sc.lzb.lt.

Condolences

Rimanas Elizejus passed away February 12. He was born in 1924. He was a Community member of long standing and a client of the Saul Kagan Welfare Center. We extend our deepest condolences to his children and all of his friends and relatives.

Interview with LJC Chairwoman Faina Kukliansky

Interview with LJC Chairwoman Faina Kukliansky

“As the chairwoman of the Lithuanian Jewish Community, I see my greatest assignment as not letting others forget we are Jews, and not letting Jews forget they are Jews,” LJC chairwoman and attorney Faina Kukliansky said in an interview Arkadijus Vinokuras conducted in Lithuanian for the Jewish discussion club #ŽydiškiPašnekesiai he founded and leads.

In the interview they discussed Community activities, money, protection of wooden and other synagogues, relations with ethnic Lithuanians, Holocaust and Righteous Gentile commemoration policies and the lack thereof, care for senior citizens including Holocaust survivors, cemetery maintenance, relations between the regional Jewish communities in Lithuania, a new kosher food outlet in Vilnius, anti-Semitism in the EU and Lithuania as well as the Lithuanian bureaucracy, the Vilna Gaon Jewish History Museum’s new Litvak identity museum and the future. The full interview in Lithuanian can be found below. Duration: 54:20.

LJC Requests Protection from State after Latest Act of Vandalism

LJC Requests Protection from State after Latest Act of Vandalism

Monday evening security cameras at the Lithuanian Jewish Community in Vilnius recorded a person who threw a rock at the building and broke the glass above the main entrance. Police were contacted immediately.

This is yet another unprovoked anti-Semitic attack against Lithuanian citizens of Jewish descent reflecting inimical attitudes in society which perhaps have been escalated by anti-Jewish rhetoric in parliament and by propaganda from supporters of the Hamas terrorist group.

The LJC is not a political organization. We are an organization which is concerned with the social and cultural life of the Jews of Lithuania. Among our activities are infant, child and youth clubs and the Saul Kagan Social Welfare Center which takes care of our senior citizens with home-care and activities at the Community. Fortunately enough, when the act of vandalism was committed, there were no passers-by on the sidewalk outside nor people inside where the broken glass landed, and no one was physically hurt. Nonetheless, these sorts of incidents could end very badly. This is by no means the first anti-Semitic attack against Jewish communities in Lithuania. Very recently someone threw stones through the windows of the Šiauliai Jewish Community.

We have also received information concerning Nazi and White Power symbols graffitied on a pedestrian bridge in Vilnius. We contacted the police concerning this as well, since Lithuanian laws forbid the propagation of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, their ideologies and their symbols.

Just recently in January at a meeting held at the European Commission all member-states in a special working group presented progress reports on the implementation of the European Union strategy for combating anti-Semitism and fostering Jewish life. We are sad to report this strategy is being implemented very poorly in Lithuania with an ever-growing frequency of anti-Semitic attacks. And, judging from what’s going on in other countries, this is only the beginning of a rising tide of anti-Semitism. Sadly, our state is failing to insure adequate security at important Community sites, including the Choral Synagogue in Vilnius, the LJC, the Sholem Aleichem ORT Gymnasium in Vilnius and the Salvija kindergarten where many Jewish families send their toddlers.

The Lithuanian Jewish Community asks the appropriate and engaged public organizations for help in this, and for security from the corresponding state institutions. The situation in other countries clearly shows we are a footstep away from real human tragedy and misfortune.

Condolences

Gercas Borveinas passed away February 6. He was born in 1935. He was an LJC member and Saul Kagan Welfare Center client.

Lithuanian Jewish Community chairwoman Faina Kukliansky and the entire Community extend our deepest condolences to all who knew and loved him.

Condolences

Elija-Leiba Fainberg passed away January 17. He was born in 1930. The Lithuanian Jewish Community extends our deepest condolences to his son Markas and all his loved ones.

Condolences

We are saddened to report the recent death of Marijaša Graužinienė. She was a member of the Lithuanian Jewish Community and a client of the LJC’s Saul Kagan Welfare Center. Our deepest condolences to her daughters Tatjana and Rima.

Condolences

We regret to report yet another death January 4, that of Svetlana Pugačiova. She was born in 1945 and was a member of the Community in long standing and a client of the Saul Kagan Welfare Center. Our deepest condolences to her husband Valerijus, son Stanislavas and daughter Eliza.

Condolences

Markas Lifšicas passed away January 24. He was born in 1975 and was a long-standing member of the Lithuanian Jewish Community and more recently a client of the Saul Kagan Welfare Center. Chairwoman Faina Kukliansky and the entire Lithuanian Jewish Community extend our condolences to his father Jakovas and sister Liza.

Condolences

With deep sadness we report the death on December 23 of long-time Community member and Saul Kagan Welfare Center client Liubov Indenok. She was born in 1930. We extend our condolences to her daughter Galina and other loved ones.

Condolences

Frume Malka Kučinskienė died December 22. She was born in 1933. She was a long-time member of the Kaunas Jewish Community, a Holocaust survivor and a client of the Saul Kagan Welfare Center. We extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends but also to Lithuania for the loss of this friend who suffered so much but never lost her inner light.

Condolences

Community member and Social Center client Zoja Archangarodskaja passed away December 22. She was born in 1930. Our deepest condolences go to her husband Ilja and friends and family members.

Play for Kids

Play for Kids

The Amehaye children’s day camp invites children of members to the closing ceremony for the winter day camps, a performance of Charles Perrault’s version of the “Puss ‘n Boots” fairy-tale.

Actors from Mroj-Hall theater will perform the tale. It takes place at 12 noon on Sunday, December 17. Registration is required and please register by December 16 by sending an email to viljamas@lzb.lt.

Condolences

Condolences

We are saddened to report the death on December 8 of Kaunas ghetto inmate Kęstutis Deltuvas. He was born in 1931. He was a member of the Union of Ghetto Prisoners and a client of the Saul Kagan Welfare Center. Our deepest condolences to his widow Angelina, son Ričardas, daughter Dalia and grandson Ričardas.