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Evening of Yiddish culture and language
On 14 January 2020 the Embassy and the World Jewish Congress Yiddish Center hosted an evening dedicated to the Yiddish culture and language.
Viktorija Jusė, Director of World Jewish Congress Eastern and Central Europe, and dr. Mordechay Yushkovsky, former director of the International Committee of Yiddish culture were the speakers.
The participants from Association of Lithuanian Jews in Israel, Association of Jews from Vilna and Vicinity in Israel „Beit Vilna“ and Community of Lithuanians in Israel "Nerija" were fascinated to learn the story of the Yiddish civilization from its first documented inscriptions in Hebrew manuscripts till its almost total destruction in the flames of WWII.
Vilnius for centuries was considered as the major center of Jewish culture in Europe that would have a lasting impact on world Jewry. For this reason Vilnius came to be known as Yerusholáyim d’Líta or the Jerusalem of the North, a title that uniquely applied to both the deeply religious and the modernistic secular achievements of one and the same civilization that was nearly destroyed in the Holocaust.