As a part of the cooperation between WJC YC and Limmud FSU project, on November 13, 2016 Dr Valentina Fedchenko gave lectures about Isaac Bashevis Singer's works and their translations in St. Petersburg.
On December 11, 2016 the academic director of the Yiddish Center at the World Jewish Congress, Dr. Mordechay Yushkovsky, gave a lecture in Jerusalem for 43 officers of Israeli Defence Forces, who participate in the "Mahut" project.
On 26-27 of October, 2016 the festival "Days of Yiddish in Eitan" took place in Saint Petersburg. Its main goal was to draw attention to Yiddish language and to its extremely rich and diverse cultural heritage, to encourage Jews study Yiddish.
A tremendous festival "Days of Jewish Culture" was held in Kharkov (Ukraine) on October 13-23, 2016. This event was organized by the Jewish Culture Center of Kharkiv with the support of American Jewish Distribution Committee "Joint".
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.