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Lithuanian Jewish community re-opens synagogue after two-day closure

The Jewish Community of Lithuania re-opened the only functioning synagogue in the capital Vilnius following an outcry over its decision two days earlier to close the house of worship due to unspecified threats.

Lithuanian Jewish community closes synagogue over threats

Jewish leaders in Lithuania announced that they were temporarily closing the Vilnius Synagogue and the community's headquarters due to threats, citing an "atmosphere of rising tension".

Google honours Japanese diplomat who saved Jews in Lithuania

Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during the WWII has been honoured with a Google Doodle.

Vilnius to rename street honouring antisemitic Nazi collaborator

Following years of protests, the city council of Vilnius voted to rename a street that honoured a Nazi collaborator.

Pillars and mikveh found at destroyed Lithuanian synagogue

Two pillars of the bimah of the Great Synagogue of Vilnius, along with a mikveh, inscriptions and historic floor tiles were recently discovered in archaeological excavations of the compound in Lithuania.

As Lithuania celebrates the Year of Vilna Gaon it must come to terms with her past

The Lithuanian Parliament declared 2020 as the Year of the Vilna Gaon and Jewish History, but the Lithuanian Jewish Community insists that this decision must carry real responsibility and be an opportunity for Lithuania to come to terms with her past.

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