Vilnius: The Jerusalem
and the city of my family
Sunday, January 24
USA (10:30 am Pacific Time Zone / 1:30 pm Eastern Time Zone)
UK 6:30 pm / France 7:30 pm / Israel 8:30 pm
The talk will last approximately 90 minutes
About this talk
Lithuania became home to an Ashkenazi community seven hundred years ago, and suddenly, its members became known as Litvaks. Why? When? What did it mean then and what does it mean today?
Vilnius was an outstanding religious center with Rav Eliyahu - the Vilna Gaon, as its main spiritual personality. Later on, Vilnius became the territory of an enlightenment movement, slowly transforming into a platform for social and political leadership.
In this talk
I will use my own personal and family stories to illustrate the past and present
of Vilnius and Lithuania, explaining how the word Litvak evolved, and the main reasons why Vilnius is famous in the Jewish world.
I also want to show you the principal hallmarks of a Jewish tour in Vilnius. To do this, we will watch a few of my own recorded materials, some of which were especially made for this talk. I hope you join us on this virtual trip.
Daniel Gurevich was born in Vilnius in 1979 and made
Aliya to Israel in 1997 before returning to Lithuania and becoming an expert in
the travel industry.
Today he is the General Manager of his own family
business, the Travel Agency Jerulita. His tours are conducted in Hebrew, English, Russian and
Lithuanian, and focus on Jewish heritage, religion, history and culture. Holocaust
and relations between Jews and local people are subjects of his particular
interest and in which he does personal research. Architecture, especially Art
Nouveau, is one of his specialties.
He really enjoys working with people and every tour gives him new energy for the next one.
10% of the profits will be donated to the youth club ILAN in Vilnius. This local Jewish community organization does a great job bringing Jewish values to our children.
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