In recent years, more and more Lithuanian residents get interested in the history of various peoples and ethnic groups inhabiting the country. In particular, the events of Catastrophe of European Jewry which took place on the Lithuanian territory attract growing attention. Among the means of solving this problem, was a seminar "Tracing historic memory" held on February 2, 2017 year in Kupiškis
On January 26, 2017 a seminar "Pearls of Yiddish culture" was held at the Jewish community center "Beit-Dan" in the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine. This event can be considered a follow-up of another seminar which took place there in November 2016
On January 22, 2017 a seminar "Pearls of Yiddish Culture" for the program "PJ Library" members took place in Moscow. This program is involved into international charity activity, run by the organization "Joint".
On January 21, 2017 a lecture about Yiddish writers who witnessed the Holocaust and their creations written during the Nazi regime, took place at Nikitskaya Jewish Community Center in Moscow. The event, intended for about 20 volunteers, is a result of cooperation of International Yiddish Center at the World Jewish Congress and the Moscow JCC.
About the Organisation
The World Jewish Congress views the revival of the Yiddish language and culture as instrumental in regenerating Jewish life in Europe after the tragedy of the Holocaust.
Yiddish language and culture are an integral part of the spiritual heritage of the Jewish people. For about 800 years, Yiddish was the spoken language of the majority of European Jews and Jewish immigrants to other countries. Until World War II, Yiddish culture thrived, producing a vibrant folklore, literature, music, theater, film and media. Vilnius, Lithuania has been chosen as the location for the World Jewish Congress Yiddish Center because for centuries it was traditionally considered as the major center of Jewish culture in Europe that would have a lasting impact on world Jewry. For this reason Vilnius came to be known as "Yerushalayim De Lita" (the Jerusalem of Lithuania) or simply The Northern Jerusalem.
We are getting acquainted with Yiddish culture through seminars which contain lectures and excursions around Jewish and non Jewish places in Vilnius.