Tue, 08/05/2008 - 20:00
Vilnius became a setting of memories and memorials. Now Vilnius is a venue of Jewish renaissance. Most of Lithuania’s 5,000 current Jews live there, and nearly two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, they are working to restore some of the country’s Jewish religious and cultural life. The annual Vilnius Yiddish Institute got under way last month at Vilnius University. And this summer brought the usual groups of tourists flocking to Jewish sites — they photograph a plaque dedicated to the Vilna Gaon, below, right and a bust of the scholar, below left. Above, a view of Vilnuis’ picturesque Old Town.