Asian studies in Lithuania

Why did the Jews of Vilnius never again elected a Chief Rabbi?

Date and time: 2021-12-02 18:00 - 2021-12-02 19:30

Location: Lietuvos nacionalinis muziejus, Arsenalo g.3, Vilnius

In 1750 young Shmuel Ben Avigdor Wigderowicz with great financial support from his family family became the chief rabbi of Vilnius and held this position for about twenty-five years. He found himself in the epicenter of the scandal which also involved the 18th century Vilnius Jewish Communities, state influencers – the Vilnius voivodeship and the bishop of Vilnius. They supported different parties to the conflict. What is this story about? What happened in the end of 18th century Vilnius? Why did the Vilnius Jewish community want to overthrow its chief rabbi? What arguments and counter-arguments were used by the conflicting parties? How did this conflict end – you read in the title of the lecture…

More about the event, which is going to take place  on December 2nd, you can find in Lithuanian.

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Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU