Renovation of Synagogue on Geliu Gatve starts in Vilnius

  • 2015-07-21
  • From wire reports and TBT staff, VILNIUS

The Lithuanian Department of Cultural Heritage confirmed on July 21, 2015, the renovation of the synagogue on Geliu Street in Vilnius has started. 

"Up until World War II, Vilnius was the key center of Litvak (Lithuanian Jewish) culture around the world,” said DCH director, Diana Varnaite.

“The saying that one has to go to Vilnius to receive wisdom was widely known among Jewish people. 

“I am convinced that being proud of such a precious cultural gift of Jewish cultural heritage, Vilnius will wisely pass it over to the next generations. 

There are only two out of more than 100 synagogues remaining in Vilnius and they are a reflection of the Vilnius Litvaks' history, religion and culture. 

Therefore, we hope to preserve as authentic as possible,” she concluded. 

The DCH has allocated 43,443 euros for the renovation of Vilnius synagogues this year, with the Jewish Community of Lithuania providing an addition 4,827 euros.