Discover Jewish Heritage in Vilnius
Lithuania’s capital was once known throughout the world as the Jerusalem of the North. During the interwar period, almost a third of its population was made up of Jewish families. It was a real golden age for Yiddish culture: Jewish scholars and rabbis lived in the city, and it was home to over 100 synagogues and prayer houses.
2020s – Vilna Gaon and Lithuanian Jewish Year
The year 2020 marks the 300th anniversary of the great Lithuanian Rabbi, the Litvak religious leader and the most prominent Litvak cultural representative – Vilna Gaon Elijah ben Solomon Zalman. Considering the fact that Lithuanian Jews were an integral part of Lithuanian society from the time of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and their society contributed significantly to the development of Lithuanian statehood, history, culture and science, the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania has announced that 2020 will be known as the year of Vilna Gaon and Lithuanian Jews.
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