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Snipiskes Cemetery Restoration Proposal Goes Public

Updated: Mar 2, 2022

Vilna Gaon Proposal

"The plan is not a hard closed proposal. It is intended to stimulate further discussion, relating to issues driving a future vision for the Jewish cemetery."

Last week, the Save Vilna Coalition released a proposal for the restoration of the Snipiskes Jewish cemetery.

The proposal provides for broad collaboration between the international and Lithuanian Jewish community, acknowledging that it will be implemented:

  1. Under the auspices of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER), the official body under which all rabbinical and religious matters in Europe fall;

  2. In compliance with Jewish law;

  3. In recognition of the educational and historical value, which the restored cemetery could generate;

  4. In appreciation of the significant economic benefit, which Jewish heritage tourism could add, to the Lithuanian economy;

  5. Establishing the Sports Palace as a monument, for the exclusive memory of the 230,000 Jewish martyrs who perished in the Holocaust;

  6. In recognition that according to Jewish law, the cemetery cannot be used for any purpose other than as a resting place for the deceased;

  7. In opposition to the development of a museum in the Sports Palace, which would violate Jewish law and be a desecration to the Jewish religion.

Spotlight on the Future of the Snipiskes Jewish Cemetery.

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