This tour is for a full day and despite the fact that below you will find a description of Jewish related sites, it will be a combination of general sites form a tour Vilnius from Dukes to the President and sites described below.
We will commence a tour by visiting Vilnius Choral Synagogue, built in 1903 in Moorish- Romanesque style. It is the only Jewish temple in Lithuania where are daily religious services. The welcome guests after the morning prayer.
We recommend visiting the Jewish State Museum or at least its brunch Tolerance Center during your free time, but if you prefer, our guide can accompany you. There is a newly opened exhibition od Samuel Back.
From the Museum or a Synagogue, we just cross the street and find ourselves walking in the Big Ghetto. Will concentrate on the story of suffering, resistance, and partisans. Will enter a Judenrat office courtyard to listen to the story of “choiceless choices”. Will go into the created hiding place in the cellar, where Jews were hiding after the liquidation of the Ghetto.
Will see inscriptions on the walls form the interwar period. Will stop by the place where Aba Kovner was hiding, the place where his comrade Itzik Wittenberg established FPO.
Ghetto theatre was the center of Spiritual resistance, will speak about the interesting phenomena of a desire for cultural activities even in the most critical situations.
After finishing with the sad part of the tour will refer to the medieval Jewish History.
Will walk in the Jewish Quarter of Vilnius – Lithuanian Jerusalem. Music school where Jasha Heifetz did his first steps in a music career, the building of the famous ORT school, the building of the famous Tarbut Gimnazia and nowadays JCC.
Former Yiddish theatre, rabbis’ council and the place of Theodor Herzl’s visit to Vilnius. Benedictine convent and the story of saving 12 Jewish souls by Lithuanian Righteous Among the Nations. Vilnius Ghetto streets and Vilna Gaon’s house; the spot of the Great Synagogue.
The driven part will include the Jewish Cemeteries and the Cheap houses – the dwellings built for the poor Jews and the place of the labor camp during WWII.
Drive to Ponar forest and Holocaust memorial – the sight of extermination of 100 thousand people among which 70 thousand were Jews.