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Yiddish language and culture are an integral part of the spiritual heritage of the Jewish people. For almost one thousand years Yiddish has been the vernacular of the majority of European Jewish population and Jewish immigrants to other counties. In fact, it was the language of two‐thirds of the Jewish people prior to 1939.

The Center was established with purpose of preserving and perpetuating a rich cultural heritage of European Jewish Culture. It offers intensive short seminars and the systematic study of the Yiddish culture through (online) distance learning. Variety of educational content and materials is being produced regularly and can be used by anyone interested in Yiddish Culture. Its target audience are teachers, Jewish educators, school, college and university students, Jewish communities, Jewish cultural leaders and the wider public.

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To make a contribution to the preservation of the Yiddish language and culture, the World Jewish Congress decided to establish the WJC International Yiddish Center in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Vilnius, otherwise called Vilna, was one of the main centers of Eastern European Jewish and Yiddish culture, known as the ‘Jerusalem of the North’, a place of Yiddish education, journalism, literature and theater. YIVO ‐‐ the first academic Institute for Yiddish research ‐‐ was established 90 years ago in Vilna. There are few places in the world more suitable for the revival and study of Yiddish culture and language than Vilnius.

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