A Proposal: The Alternative to Cemetery Desecration

VILNIUS – Community leaders and activists from across the globe have rallied in protest of the construction of a conference center on the old cemetery in Vilnius. The Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi David Lau, the highest authority in Jewish Law Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky and a respected rabbinical court have…

Save Vilna Initiative to Protect Jewish Cemetery Brings Season of Hope and Reason

VILNIUS – It was the season of change – coronavirus, #blacklivesmatter movement and hurricanes. The onset of a number of events which came from left field. For the international Jewish community there was another event, which was hitting close to home. It was something which hit the heart of every…

Lithuanian Government at Centre of Job Losses

VILNIUS – After a 3-month economic hiatus caused from the coronavirus lockdown, the Lithuanian economy faces yet another hurdle – coming to terms with the government’s ill-fated initiative to build a conference centre on a Jewish cemetery. The decision was made in spite of wide spread international opposition from political…

Thousands of Lithuanian Jobs at Risk

VILNIUS – Still reeling from a no-fly zone and the flying ban on most commercial airlines through Europe, a bitter consequence of the coronavirus, Lithuania has been dealt another blow: an international boycott against tourism in Lithuania. The protest will mean that thousands of jobs in the tourist sector in…

Campaign to Save Jewish Cemetery Symbol of Hope and Reason

VILNIUS – It was the season of change – coronavirus, #blacklivesmatter movement and hurricanes. The onset of a number of events which came from left field. For the international Jewish community there was another event, which was hitting close to home. It was something which hit the heart of every…

Majority of Lithuanians Opposed To Conference Centre in Vilnius

VILNIUS – Emotions in Lithuania are running high. The country is reeling from a corona inspired lockdown which has impacted many businesses. Eating establishments display mannequins at tables to create ambiance. Gone are the tourists who sat together in celebration, nibbling on local cuisine and sipping fine wine. To add…