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  • Lessons in Vilnius

    August 7, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    Robin Solomon stood in the Ponary Forest in Lithuania, surrounded by fellow educators who wore white and sang Yiddish songs, accompanied by a violinist.

    It was a captivating and stunning experience this summer, a stark contrast to the fact that Nazis viciously executed tens of...

  • Resurrecting Lithuania’s Jewish past

    February 7, 2013 | 9:35 am

    During the course of one month in 1941, most of the thousands of Jewish residents of Utena, Lithuania, were rounded up by the Nazis, taken into the forest and murdered. Only a few dozen managed to escape.

    That episode nearly buried the entire history of the centuries-old town,...

  • Leading haredi rabbi in Israel: Say no to national service

    December 11, 2012 | 10:06 am

    The senior rabbi of the Lithuanian haredi Orthodox, Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, said yeshiva students should not agree to enlist in National Service.

    The rabbi's decision, quoted Monday in the haredi daily newspaper Yated Ne'eman, comes a day after Israel's Cabinet approved a...

  • On restitution, a rundown of where they stand in Eastern Europe

    December 3, 2012 | 2:16 pm

    The following is a rundown of some Eastern European countries and where they stand on restitution:

    Poland: Has not enacted any form of private restitution or compensation for an estimated $30.5 billion worth of property confiscated by the Nazis, then the communists. The Jewish...

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  • Memorial service honors Lithuanian Charedi leader

    July 25, 2012 | 5:20 pm

    Several hundred men and women attended a memorial service at Congregation Shaarei Tefila on July 23 to honor Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, head of the Lithuanian Charedi communities in Israel. Attendees packed into Kanner Hall on Beverly Boulevard to hear eulogies and pay respects to...

  • B’nai B’rith blasts Lithuania for honors for Nazi-allied PM

    May 18, 2012 | 10:28 am

    B’nai B’rith International condemned the Lithuanian government’s posthumous honor of Juozas Ambrazeviciu, the wartime prime minister who was a Nazi collaborator.

    The Jewish organization has sent a letter to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite in response to the Lithuanian...

  • The Survivor Mitzvah Project’s Latvia and Lithuania Humanitarian Aid Expedition

    January 20, 2012 | 11:30 am

    Survivor Mitzvah

    The Survivor Mitzvah Project’s
    2011 – 2012
    Latvia and Lithuania
    Humanitarian Aid Expedition

    Follow Zane Buzby and the SMP as they deliver emergency aid
    and supplies to elderly Holocaust survivors.

    Watch The Survivor Mitzvah Project in action as they send video updates...

  • HOOTERS, children and me being the greatest parent that ever lived…

    By Julia Bendis

    January 3, 2012 | 12:56 pm

    Yesterday was the last day of my children’s freedom, and incidentally the last day of my imprisonment.  As I counted down the dwindling hours of winter break, I was also counting down the hours till my head was going to stop throbbing and my voice would sound human again (oppose to a...

  • Yad Vashem takes back invitations to Lithuanian officials

    September 19, 2011 | 3:53 pm

    Yad Vashem rescinded invitations to two Lithuanian officials to an annual commemoration of Lithuanian victims of the Holocaust.

    The Israeli Holocaust museum asked Lithuanian Ambassador to Israel Darius Degutis and Minister of Culture Arunas Gelunas not to attend Monday’s event after...

  • Lithuanian parliament approves compensation for confiscated property

    June 21, 2011 | 4:32 pm

    Lithuania’s parliament has agreed to pay $52 million over 10 years in compensation for properties confiscated from the country’s Jewish community by the Nazis and by Soviet authorities.

    The bill was passed by the parliament on Tuesday and still must be signed into law by the...

  • Lithuanian haredi leader, 101, undergoes successful surgery

    June 20, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, the leader of the Lithuanian haredi Orthodox community, underwent successful surgery in Jerusalem.

    Elyashiv, 101, underwent carotid artery surgery on Sunday night.

    Dr. Daniel Clair, head of the Department of Vascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, who performed a similar operation seven years ago, was flown to Israel to perform the surgery.

    Prayers for Elyashiv were recited at the Western Wall and around the world.

    No successor has been named for Elyashiv.

  • Lithuania must finish its work in confronting Holocaust past

    March 30, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    Lithuania’s Parliament has declared 2011 a Year of Commemoration to Victims of the Holocaust. Whether this will turn out to be a disappointing empty gesture or a genuine opportunity to address unfinished issues is an open question.

    In May 1998, the presidents of Estonia, Lithuania...

  • Briefs: North Valley JCC stages return, CSULB Senate denounces Prof. MacDonald

    October 22, 2008 | 11:56 pm

    North Valley JCC Stages Return

    Don't count the North Valley Jewish Community Center (NVJCC) out just yet. Five years after the center's Granada Hills campus was sold to an Orthodox trade school in the aftermath of the JCCs crisis, NVJCC organizers have announced plans to establish a...

  • Love among many splendored things at Baltics Limmud

    By Michael J. Jordan

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Inna Lapidus and Boris Kinber have been etched in the lore of Baltic Jewry.

    Activists are pointing to them not only as prime examples of Jewish revival, but of efforts to unify the small ex-Soviet communities of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

    It was two years ago that Lapidus,...

  • ‘Catch A Fire’ ignites filmmaker’s memories of anti-apartheid dad

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Shawn Slovo remembers how her Jewish parents, African National Congress activists, left home in the middle of the night to attend secret meetings. She recalls police regularly raiding their Johannesburg house and arresting her mother and father. All the while, she said, she resented...
  • Some ‘New’ Shoah Books Not So New

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If there's an overriding theme among the newest books related to the Holocaust, it's one of concealment and discovery, whether in the writer's own wartime experience or invented on the page. Sometimes it's a case of lost books being rediscovered.

    Some of these "new" books were...

  • A Journey Back to the Shtetl

    By Eric Mankin

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Finding my grandparents' native town in Lithuania was not easy. "Litvinovo," as my grandmother remembered it, appears on no map of Lithuania that I could find.

    I had searched large-scale maps over the years on and off but found nothing solid. It was, of course, the Internet that...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israel Reports Bird Flu Cases

    Israel confirmed its first contagion by a deadly strain of avian flu. The Agriculture Ministry officially announced Monday that a virus that killed turkeys and chickens at three Negev farms was H5N1, a virulent strain that has spread across Europe,...

  • Spectator - Family Doc Unlocks Doors

    By Susan Josephs

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Growing up in Syracuse, N.Y, Eileen Douglas lived for the moments she could climb into her grandfather's lap and find the pennies he brought -- special for her. He faithfully visited his grandchildren every day after leaving his work as a butcher. Yet he never really spoke about his...

  • Immigrant Dreams

    By Rockard J. Delgadillo

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On a recent trip to Manhattan, I traveled to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, which I'd heard about from friends in Los Angeles.

    The core of the museum is a restored 19th- century tenement house, which was a second point of landing, after Ellis Island, for a mixture of Italians,...

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