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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!

Condolences

Jefimas Libmanas died on July 25. He was a member of the Lithuanian Jewish Community for many years and a client of our Social Center. He was born in 1935. Our deepest condolences to his widow Tatjana as we grieve along with his many friends and family members.

Condolences

Mendelis Askotskis passed away on July 24. He was born in 1928. He was a Community member of long standing and a client of the Community’s Saul Kagan Welfare Center. We extend our deepest condolences to his daughter Mira and all his many friends and family.

Condolences

Natalija Rozman passed away June 27. She was born in 1950. Our deepest condolences to her son, loved ones and many friends.

Condolences

Dovydas Leibzonas passed away Monday, June 5, at the age of 88. He was born in 1936. He was a member of the Union of Former Ghetto and Concentration Camp Prisoners and a Lithuanian Jewish Community Social Center client. Our deepest condolences to family members and friends.

Condolences

LJC Saul Kagan Social Center client Inna Pavlovskaja has died. She was born in 1928. We send our deepest condolences to her daughter, son and other family members.

Condolences

Mirjam Abelovičienė has died at the age of 70. She was born in 1954. A member in long standing of the Lithuanian Jewish Community, she formerly worked at the Vilna Gaon State Jewish History Museum. Our deepest condolences to her son Jakovas and her many friends and relatives.

Kaunas Jewish Community Honors Rescuers

Kaunas Jewish Community Honors Rescuers

Photo: Kaunas Jewish Community chairman Gercas Žakas, by Regimantas Zakšenskas.

Last week the Kaunas Jewish Community invited several dozen people–rescuers of Jews and relatives of rescuers–to the Višta Puode restaurant to remember their courageous acts during the Holocaust. They were treated to a meal and concert.

Kaunas Jewish Community chairman Gercas Žakas conducted the event which included moving stories by the participants. Lithuanian Conservative MP Paulė Kuzmickienė was present at the event and Žakas thanked her for her initiative in the Lithuanian parliament naming March 15 the official day for commemorating those who rescued Lithuanian Jews from the Holocaust.

Shavuot Celebrations

Shavuot Celebrations

Shavuot or Shavuos, the Feast of Weeks, begins on the evening of Friday, May 26, and extends into May 27 until sundown this year. The Lithuanian Jewish Community invites you to attend several events to mark this important holiday on Sunday, May 28.

Israeli dance lesson with Julija Potašnik

Location: Cvirka Park, across the street from the Lithuanian Jewish Community at Pylimo street no. 4 in Vilnius.
Time: from noon on

Enjoying nature with children

The LJC’s children’s clubs Dubi and Ilan are inviting youngsters and their parents to spend Sunday in a beautiful natural setting along the river. Every family is invited to bring their own food for a potluck and barbecue. Water and snacks will be provided.

Location: Valakupiai (Valakampiai) beach no. 2 at the northeastern reach of Vilnius, GPS coordinates 54.742762, 25.293022.
Time: noon

Registration is required for participants at both events. Please contact Žana Skudovičienė by telephone at (+370) 678 81514 or write an email to zanas@sc.lzb.lt to register and for more information.

Avoiding a Third Wife in Lithuania

Avoiding a Third Wife in Lithuania

“If I lived in Lithuania, I would be an active member of the Lithuanian Jewish Community, at least in order to avoid a third marriage,” a guest from the United States visiting the Lithuanian Jewish Community in Vilnius while on a tour of Litvak heritage sites said.

The old joke goes like this: in Lithuania, a man must marry three times: a Polish woman, a Jewish woman and a Lithuanian woman. The first wife is to show him what true passion is. The second wife teaches him how to treat money, and the third wife will tend his grave beautifully.

The group from the Taube Center for Jewish Life and Learning are visiting Jewish heritage sites in Lithuania and Poland.

Ilan Club for Children Aged 7-12

Ilan Club for Children Aged 7-12

They’re not yet adolescents, but already have a firm opinion on almost everything, are constantly coming up with new and unusual words and get excited about things we don’t always understand. More than mobile phones and as much as the oxygen they breathe, they need to spend time with people their own age. Ilan Club is intended for children aged 7 to 12, and meets every Sunday at noon at the Lithuanian Jewish Community in Vilnius. For more information, contact LJC programs director Žana Skudovičienė by e-mail at zanas@sc.lzb.lt.

Dubi Club for Children Aged 4-6

Dubi Club for Children Aged 4-6

Members of the Dubi Club engage in fun activities every Sunday. Last time they learned to make desserts. They did a great job and their parents were happy to try the treats and watch their young ones learn practical life skills. Dubi Club is for children aged 4 to 6 and meets at noon every Sunday at the Lithuanian Jewish Community in Vilnius. For more information, contact LJC programs director Žana Skudovičienė by e-mail at zanas@sc.lzb.lt.

LJC Chairwoman Greets Veterans

LJC Chairwoman Greets Veterans

Lithuanian Jewish Community chairwoman made home visits to greet WWII veterans on the occasion of Victory Day this year. Usually the LJC holds an event on May 8 and/or May 9, VE Day and Victory Day, respectively, at the LJC in Vilnius under the aegis of the Seniors Club, but our aging soldiers are finding it more and more difficult to make that trip, so chairwoman Kukliansky went to them instead. She visited 99-year-old Community member Eliziejus Rimanas and Aleksandras Asovskis who will celebrate his 102nd birthday in the next few days.

Seniors Club Meets

Seniors Club Meets

Last week the Seniors Club of the Lithuanian Jewish Community celebrated several holidays at once, including Lag b’Omer, the Bar Kokhba uprising against the Romans and Victory Day marking the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of the Holocaust.

Seniors shared a meal and lit the traditional six candles in remembrance of those who have perished. LJC Social Commission doctor Ela Gurina spoke about her family’s experience in the Holocaust.

LJC programs director Žana Skudovičienė said one of the main goals of the meeting was just to bring old friends back together, contemporaries who might otherwise remain isolated.

LJC Seniors Club Celebrates 25th Birthday

LJC Seniors Club Celebrates 25th Birthday

The Seniors Club at the Lithuanian Jewish Community in Vilnius celebrated its 25th birthday on Wednesday, April 26.

“Back when the seniors club began operation and now as well the date coincides with the anniversary of Israeli independence. Back in 1988 Israel was turning 50, and now 75. So it’s a double celebration and twice the fun,” LJC programs director Žana Skudovičienė who has been director of the seniors club for its entire 25 years, said.

Condolences

Tatyana Arkhipova-Efros has died at the age of 100. A long-time member of the Lithuanian Jewish Community and a World War II veteran, she was born in 1922. We mourn her passing and extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends.

Condolences

With deep sadness we announce the death April 3 of Ezra Eta Gurvičiūtė. She was born in 1920 and was preparing to celebrate her 104th birthday this month. She was a member of the Lithuanian Jewish Community from the beginning and served for decades as a volunteer at the Community’s medical consultation center. Chairwoman Faina Kukliansky and the entire Community extend our sincere condolences to her son Eduardas Elija, grandchildren Tomas and Julija and her great-grandchildren. Final farewells can be made today, April 4, at 6:00 P.M. at the Nutrūkusi styga funeral home in Vilnius. The burial will take place at the Jewish cemetery on Sudervės road in Vilnius at 12 noon April 5.

Senior Citizens Visit High School Freshmen

Senior Citizens Visit High School Freshmen

As part of the “From Generation to Generation” project by the Anu Museum of the Diaspora in Israel, seniors from the Lithuanian Jewish Community’s social center met with 9th-grade students from the Sholem Aleichem ORT Gymnasium in Vilnius to share thoughts and bridge the generations.

A few weeks ago the high school students visited the Seniors’ Club at the LJC. This time the seniors went back to school where they were given a tour of the facilities including the modern classrooms, labs and an art exhibit currently on display there. Our seniors also attended a Sabbath ceremony with students from all grades. The students presented drawings they made to the seniors as gifts. Seniors and students later met in the library and shared stories, which were recorded and will be sent to the Anu Museum in Tel Aviv.

Matzo Here

Matzo Here

Matzo has arrived and will be distributed to Saul Kagan Social Welfare Center clients at room 220 from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on March 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24.