The Great Synagogue of Vilna site presentation
September 2-7, 2018, Vilnius, Lithuania
During the inspiring international conference we had in September 2017, where the issue of the Great Vilna Synagogue site presentation was raised and discussed widely, the idea of creating an intellectual centre based on the history of the site for humanistic ideas to be promoted, was born and widely approved. Having now a strong support of the Vilnius city Mayor, we continue developing the project and invite students from all over the world to come to Vilnius and to take part in “brain storming” sessions (Hackathon) to find solutions that would be attractive for young generations. Join us, if you wish to contribute in any form - this a beautiful opportunity to become part of a modern enlightenment movement.
We were so happy to receive the acknowledgement from the Vilnius city Mayor, addressed to the Litvak World organisation.
But in fact, it goes to all of you, our dear friends, who had contributed to the international conference on the Great Synagogue of Vilna commemoration. Thank you!
Together with our friends – “Centre for Studies of the Culture and History of East European Jews” and Jakovas Bunka Charity and Sponsorship fund – we have established a grant award Or be’Lita for the best defended graduate and undergraduate theses on a Jewish history, culture or heritage topic among the students of the Lithuanian high schools and universities.
A map of Vilnius with around 130 synagogues marked on it will be published soon!
Israeli and Lithuanian scholars have identified over 130 locations of the former synagogues of Vilnius. By publishing this map we intend to depict the scope of the lost pre war Jewish life in Vilnius, which can be perceived mostly by means of imagination. This map will serve as a visual cognition tool both for those who live or visit Vilnius, as well as for those who are exploring their family heritage living away from Lithuania.
On November 11, 2016 “Litvak world” project was presented by its member of board Mr Rolandas Valiūnas in the Lithuanian Embassy in Tel Aviv.
Later in November our managing director Anna Avidan met Mickey Kantor - the leader of the Association of Jews from Vilna, and Zvika Kezurer - director of the Israeli Lithuanian Technology HUB, discussing possible cooperation.
As a farewell to our friend and supporter, a Lithuanian Jewish philosopher and public intellectual, prof. Leonidas Donskis, and
fulfilling his recently expressed wish to say Kaddish in the memory of more than 2000 Jews who were murdered in his hometown Butrimonys, we organised the Kaddish there, for his memory, as well, now...