Chair of Kaunas Jewish community welcomes new Emmanuel Levinas Center

The Chair of the Jewish community of Kaunas, Gercas Žakas, welcomed the opening of the Emmanuel Levinas Center in Lithuania’s second largest city.

“It was endlessly pleasant to receive an invitation from professor Rimantas Benetis, rector of the Lithuanian Health Medicine University, to meet at the recently-opened Emmanuel Levinas Center,” said Žakas in a Facebook post.

“We had a nice and warm conversation in which we discussed the Center’s mission, planned activities and opportunities for cooperation.”

“I thank Center directors Ingrida Krasauskienė and Julija Vasilenko who conducted a tour of the impressive space of the Center with its extraordinary aura and possessing materializing visions of the future,” he added.

I hope that the Center will be more than just an institution researching and promoting the philosophical, intellectual and cultural inheritance of the famous philosopher Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995) born in Kaunas, as its articles of incorporation state, but also that it will become a new venue in Kaunas for memorable and meaningful meetings and events.

“And I also hope ties of partnership and cooperation will join the Levinas Center and the Kaunas Jewish Community, inspiring us to carry out numerous projects.”

The Emmanuel Levinas Center at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) in Kaunas was opened on December 6th, 2021. The Center will host scientific, innovation and cultural events, as well as permanent, temporary, and virtual exhibitions.

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