Chanukah in Lithuania!
What a special Chanukah!!!
An especially spirited holiday was enjoyed by hundreds at the community-wide public Menorah Lightnings in Vilnius, Kaunas (Kovna), Klaipeda, and Saiuliai (Shavel), and special events for young children, teenagers, students, young professionals and the elderly!
Vilnius’ Mayor Remigijus Šimašius lit the Shamash candle and spoke about the strength of the Jewish people in overcoming obstacles for centuries. Israeli Ambassador to Lithuania, Mr. Amir Maimon, enhanced the celebrations with his presence. Mrs. Faina Kukliansky, the chairwomen of the Jewish Community of Lithuania, also shared words of greeting, along with Jewish Parliamentarian Mr. Emanuel Zingeris.
Hundreds of Menorahs were distributed and the children especially enjoyed the life-sized Dreidel!
Our Jewish Community in Lithuania
Lithuania is a country replete with Jewish history, and its capital city Vilna (Vilnius today) was know as “Yerushalayim de Lita” due to its history as a world famous center of Jewish scholarship and tradition. Tragically, the advent of World War II saw the destruction of most of Lithuanian Jewry, and the ensuing 50 years of Soviet occupation snuffed out any chance of a revival.
Since 1994, Chabad Lubavitch of Lithuania has been serving the Jews of Lithuania, as well as tourists from all over the world, working hard to rebuild a semblance of that which was destroyed, by providing social welfare and educational services to Jewish families across Lithuania. To this end, numerous institutions and activities have been created, including a kindergarten and full twelve-grade day school, adult education programing, community wide Holiday programming, and a thorough array of welfare activities that provide for the young and elderly in need, in a dignified manner.
We hope you enjoy reading about our activities, which are certain to inspire. From what the past years has already brought to the country, you can trust that Chabad of Lithuania will continue to deliver the best of Jewish education and welfare services, while providing services to visitors to this country.