April 23, 2020, marked the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Vilna Gaon.
During the pandemic, the community also marked two important events: the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Vilna Gaon and the 75th anniversary since the end of the Second World War.
The synagogue originally had five floors, two of which were underground, and could host up to 5,000 worshipers.
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In what became a formative moment of my life, glaring into my eyes, she punctuated every word with her calloused finger wagging in my face: “We’re not Lithuanians. We are Jews.”
Living between an overbearing neighbor’s thickening shadow and a murdered population’s whispering remains, Lithuania struggles to seize the future and overcome the past.
After being destroyed in World War II, Lithuania first Yeshiva is to open soon.
Along with the synagogue, the community’s headquarters also were announced as being shut down due to threatening phone calls and emails, Kukliansky said Tuesday.