Vilnius, Lithuania Municipality Signs MOU for Development Site of Vilnius Great Synagogue #lithuania #announcements


Jan Meisels Allen
 

Archival photo of the Great Synagogue, Vilnius around 1934

 

Jewish Heritage Europe has posted an article regarding the MOU between the Vilnius Jewish community and Goodwill Foundation  and the city of Vilnius on development of site destroyed Vilnius Great Synagogue.

 

A statement by the city said that by the middle of 2026, a memorial square will be developed on the site of the synagogue and its complex, where a new Jewish community center will also be built.

 

To read the statement go to:

https://vilnius.lt/lt/2022/05/26/memorandumu-itvirtintas-vilniaus-didziosios-sinagogos-iamzinimas-ir-aplinkos-sutvarkymas/

It is in Lithuanian.  If you use Chrome as your browser they provide an English translation.

 

“Archaeological excavations at the site of the Vilnius Great Synagogue began in 2011. During the excavations, archaeologists discovered the most important parts of the pulpit (bima) - the foundations of 2 columns, the location of two mikvas (ritual pools), the huge outer rear wall of the Great Synagogue, and part of the Synagogue floor. Also found on the walls next to the bima are engraved inscriptions with references to the Old Testament - one mentions people and quotes the Book of Genesis, the other - verses from religious hymns.”

 

To read more go to: https://vilnius.lt/lt/2022/05/26/memorandumu-itvirtintas-vilniaus-didziosios-sinagogos-iamzinimas-ir-aplinkos-sutvarkymas/

 

To read the Jewish Heritage Europe article go to: https://jewish-heritage-europe.eu/2022/05/26/lithuania-memorandum-signed/

 

During World War II, the Great Synagogue and other buildings in the complex were badly destroyed. 1955–1957 the remains of the buildings are aligned with the ground. 1964 A kindergarten was built on the site of the great synagogue.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

 

 


Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

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Archival photo of the Great Synagogue, Vilnius around 1934

 

Jewish Heritage Europe has posted an article regarding the MOU between the Vilnius Jewish community and Goodwill Foundation  and the city of Vilnius on development of site destroyed Vilnius Great Synagogue.

 

A statement by the city said that by the middle of 2026, a memorial square will be developed on the site of the synagogue and its complex, where a new Jewish community center will also be built.

 

To read the statement go to:

https://vilnius.lt/lt/2022/05/26/memorandumu-itvirtintas-vilniaus-didziosios-sinagogos-iamzinimas-ir-aplinkos-sutvarkymas/

It is in Lithuanian.  If you use Chrome as your browser they provide an English translation.

 

“Archaeological excavations at the site of the Vilnius Great Synagogue began in 2011. During the excavations, archaeologists discovered the most important parts of the pulpit (bima) - the foundations of 2 columns, the location of two mikvas (ritual pools), the huge outer rear wall of the Great Synagogue, and part of the Synagogue floor. Also found on the walls next to the bima are engraved inscriptions with references to the Old Testament - one mentions people and quotes the Book of Genesis, the other - verses from religious hymns.”

 

To read more go to: https://vilnius.lt/lt/2022/05/26/memorandumu-itvirtintas-vilniaus-didziosios-sinagogos-iamzinimas-ir-aplinkos-sutvarkymas/

 

To read the Jewish Heritage Europe article go to: https://jewish-heritage-europe.eu/2022/05/26/lithuania-memorandum-signed/

 

During World War II, the Great Synagogue and other buildings in the complex were badly destroyed. 1955–1957 the remains of the buildings are aligned with the ground. 1964 A kindergarten was built on the site of the great synagogue.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee