Vilna: The Rise, Fall, and Afterlife of the Jerusalem of Lithuania

Date: Jan 30, 2018 - Feb 13, 2018

Time: noon - 1:00 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Community Courses Online Learning


What made Vilna such an important Jewish community that it was nicknamed “Jerusalem”? We will examine how it became a primary center both of traditional learning and modern Jewish culture; how the Nazis destroyed and looted many of the city’s most valuable Jewish cultural treasures, while others were secretly hidden; and how survivors returned to pick up the pieces, aspiring to pass on their community’s passion for Jewish culture and knowledge to the next generation in America and Israel.

Three Tuesdays
January 30 and February 6 and 13, 2018
12:00–1:00 p.m. ET


Dr. David Fishman is a professor of Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary, teaching courses in modern Jewish history. Dr. Fishman also serves as director of Project Judaica, JTS’s program in the Former Soviet Union (FSU), which is based at Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow) and Kyiv-Mohyla Academy University (Kiev). Dr. Fishman travels frequently to Moscow and other parts of the FSU on behalf of Project Judaica. He directs its Jewish Archival Survey, which publishes guides to Jewish archival materials in the FSU. Recently he coedited a guide to Jewish collections in the previously top-secret Special Archive in Moscow. Dr. Fishman also writes for the Jewish Daily Forward on Jews and the current situation in Russia and Ukraine.

Cost: $60 (includes all curricular materials)

Space is limited. Advance registration required.

For more information, contact Lynn Feinman at or (212) 678-8821.