EVENTS – 2018
2018 celebrations will be dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the independent State of Latvia and the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel.
• February 2018 : Liepaja & its region – History teachers’ annual seminar
This year the focus of this annual event will be on the history of Jewish fighters in the struggle for Latvian and Liepaja independence.
• 24 April 2018 : Israel Day in Liepaja
This day will be marked with an exhibition of the Shamir brothers, concert and Israel cuisine master class.
o Shamir brothers : Gabriel and Maxim Shamir(Sheftelovich) were born in Liepaja, and studied graphics and design in Berlin. Importantly, they designed the fledgling Israeli state’s emblems, medals, stamps, and currency notes, including the 1949 Israel State Coat of Arms.
• Up to May 2018 : Uniting History Project
This ongoing project focuses on more peaceful times in Liepaja up to June 1940 when the lives of 8,300 Liepaja civilians were shattered by the ensuing totalitarian regimes i.e. the Soviet deportation on 14 June 1941 and the Holocaust.
• 5 to 8 July 2018 : Traditional World Reunion of Liepaja (Libau) Jewry
In 2018 this annual event will celebrate two noteworthy events :
o the Centenary of the founding of the independent State of Latvia; and
o the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.
Liepaja Jewish Survivors and their descendants from around the world will take part in these significant celebrations in Liepaja in July 2018.
• July 2018 : Remembrance Days
(1) 4 July 2018 : The Day of Remembrance of Victims of Genocide against the Jews in Latvia will commemorate the deaths of more than 70,000 Latvian Jews, including 9000 from Liepaja/ Libau who were killed in Nazi occupied Latvia between 1941-1945.
(2) 7 July 2018 : Feast Day of the Liepaja Righteous Gentiles will commemorate the 27 Liepaja non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews from extermination by the Nazis.
(3) 16 December 2018 : Commemoration Day of Liepaja Jews in memory of those who lost their lives during the mass extermination of Liepaja Jews in the Shkede dunes between 15-17 December 1941.
SPECIAL EVENTS – 2017
29 December 2017: Traditional meeting with the daughters of the Righteous Gentiles Johanna and Roberts Sedols.
• 17 December 2017 : Commemoration Day of Liepaja Jews in Shkede.
A commemoration ceremony was held in Shkede in memory of those who died during the mass extermination of Liepaja Jews in the Shkede dunes between 15-17 December 1941.
On 15 December, 2017 Liepaja Jewish descendants met at the meeting in Holon( Israel) at the monument dedicated to the Jews of Liepaja-victims of the Holocaust.
Commemoration Day of extermination of Jews of Liepaja in Shkede in 1941
• 8 December 2017 : Jewish Family Party of Miracles and Magic
o This family event was dedicated to the forthcoming Festival of Hanukkah reflecting the new Foundation tradition and commencing with a Shabbat blessing. A special guest, the Honourable Mrs Israela Per-Probshtein, Consul of the Embassy of Israel to Latvia has welcomed the participants.
o The festive greetings of the Foundation’s founder / supporters (George Schwab and Vitaly Kivman) were projected on a big screen.
o Magicians, Hanukkah dancers and Jewish vocal and instrumental music entertained guests throughout the evening. There were magicians and jugglers to entertain the children.
Jewish Family Party of Miracles and Magic
• 27 July 2017 : Holocaust research
A meeting was held with representatives of the Washington Holocaust Memorial Museum to discuss further developments in Holocaust research and education in Liepaja.
The Righteous Gentiles and the Jewish Genocide Memorial Day
• 24 March 2017 : Photographic exhibition – the Second Life of Stones
In collaboration with the Hungarian embassy, the Foundation launched a photographic exhibition in the Assembly Hall of the Liepaja Jewish Community dedicated to the fate of synagogues in Hungary. Vittorio Monti’s composition Czardas played by the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra greeted Adrien Mueller, the Hungarian Ambassador upon his visit.
The exhibition attracted great interest among younger visitors. An interesting subject arose in this connection : should synagogues in areas with no Jewish communities be used for other purposes and functions or simply shut down ?
• 07 February 2017 : Art exhibition of the works of Eduard Kaplan (a member of the Liepaja Jewish Community) held annually on the artist’s birthday