jan meisels allen <janmallen@...>
Meeting: JGS of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV)--California, USA
May 3, 2009 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Program: "The World Was Ours: The Jewish Legacy of Vilna"
"The World Was Ours" is a documentary film dedicated to the memory of Jewish
Vilna.Vilna, often referred to as "the Jerusalem of Lithuania" was one of the
great cultural centers of Eastern European Jewry. It wasn't the largest Jewish
community,nor the most affluent; but the culture of Vilna's Jews, their pride,
scholarship, and determination made Vilna unique. It was a community with a
deep religious heritage and a highly developed sense of social responsibility.
The film focuses on the pre-war life of this vibrant culture depicting its hopes,
dreams and remarkable achievements, a cultural atmosphere producing many
illustrious figures. Award-winning actor Mandy Patinkin does the voice-over
narrations weaving together interviews, diaries, letters, poems, archival
photographs and footage.
Vilna was destroyed in the holocaust.
Following the documentary, Esther Meisler, a former resident of Vilna will talk
about her life in Vilna and how she survived the Holocaust.
Even though Yom Hashoah Day is remembered on April 21st, come join us for this
moving memorial to the holocaust on May 3rd.
The meeting is open to all and there is no charge.
For more information regarding the meeting, including directions to the location,
visit our website, www.JGSCV.org
Jan Meisels Allen