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  • Restitution Issue Adds Fuel to Battle over Lithuania Shul

    Here in the former home of the Vilna Gaon, the historic center of the anti-Chasidic Litvak movement, two rabbis have been battling for three years for control of the city’s lone synagogue. Now one of them — Rabbi Sholom Ber Krinsky, a Chabad-Lubavitcher who arrived in 1994 to serve as the community’s rabbi — not… More ▸

  • In Lithuania, Editor Investigated for Inciting Against Gays and Jews

    Lithuanian prosecutors are investigating a local newspaper owner after a press commission found him guilty of instigating intolerance against Jews and homosexuals. Nearly three weeks after the publication of several controversial letters and an offensive cartoon in the Respublika newspaper, Lithuania’s Journalists and Publishers Ethics Commission ruled last week against the paper’s editor in chief… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Massive New Work Traces Fate of Lithuanian Jews in Holocaust

    Dr. Saul Issroff is a dermatologist by training, but his interest in genealogy certainly is more than skin deep. After five years of effort, Issroff and fellow genealogist Rose Lerer Cohen, have produced the first substantive record of the Jews of Lithuania who were murdered in the Holocaust. Lithuania’s Jewish community numbered 250,000 before World… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Lone Jew in Lithuanian Town Spends Life Preserving the Past

    Jacob Bunka is stumped: The 79-year-old cannot recall how many Jews from his hometown survived the war and returned home. So the feisty man begins rummaging through his desk drawers, frantically searching for a document. Papers, once meticulously organized in bulky folders, now form a chaotic clutter on his desk. The mess mounts. Bunka is… More ▸

  • Taunts at Vilnius Basketball Game Prompt Apology to Jewish Leaders

    A Lithuanian sports association has apologized to the country’s Jewish community for anti-Semitic slogans chanted by fans during a late March basketball game against an Israeli team. Some at a match in Vilnius between Lithuania’s Lietuvos Rytas and Hapoel Jerusalem dressed up as Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat and waved Palestinian national flags. In addition,… More ▸

  • Jewish Property May Become Issue in Lithuania’s Presidential Campaign

    The issue of Jewish property restitution may influence the upcoming presidential election here. In a March 29 meeting with Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas proposed the president form a special committee to solve the nation’s “very urgent and very sensitive” issue of Jewish communal property restitution. Both politicians are the assumed… More ▸