FOUNDATION PROJECTS – 2018
- The Foundation’s projects for 2018 will be focused in particular on celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Latvia becoming an independent state and the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.
- The major event of 2018 will be the 10-th World Reunion of Liepaja(Libau) Jewry from 5 -8 July in Liepaja.
1. RESEARCH PROJECTS
1.1 Otto Fischer was an outstanding Austrian football player and coach of the Liepaja Olimpija football team who was killed in Liepaja at the beginning of WWII. We are in the process of researching possible family descendants. An exhibition dedicated to Otto Fischer is scheduled to be launched in July 2018. The U.S. news channel CNN.com also plans to run a documentary on Otto Fischer.
1.2 NissonKatzenelson, physician and banker. He was the first director of the Jewish Colonial Trust in London (1899-1923) and a member of the First Duma in Russia and a friend of Theodore Herzl. He is buried in the Liepaja Jewish cemetery together with his wife Sophie daughter Cecilija and son-in-law Anatoly Levin. Our research to find NisonKazenelson’s descendants is ongoing and an exhibition dedicated to NissonKazenelson is due to be launched in July 2018.
1.3 The lighthouse quarter – Research is under way into this mass murder site of Liepaja Jews. Our research team is investigating the exact execution sites of Liepaja Jews as shown in R. Wiener’s film and the Foundation is planning to install a memorial plaque on the lighthouse in 2018.
1.4 Robert and Johanna Sedols – An exhibition dedicated to the Sedols family (Righteous Gentiles) is scheduled to open during the Reunion of Liepaja Jewry in July 2018.
1.5 Liepaja Jews, fighters for Latvian Independence – We are setting up a register of Liepaja Jews who served in the Latvian army at that time. The existing Monument in the Jewish Cemetery dedicated to Liepaja Jews who fought for Latvian Independence is to be restored and re-inaugurated in July 2018.
1.6 Liepaja Jewish Heritage research – tracing Liepaja Jewish family roots. We offer assistance to Liepaja / Libau descendants wishing to discover their families’ past, to find their ancestors’ gravestones and help restore them if necessary.
2. JEWISH EDUCATIONAL / FAMILY PROJECTS
2.1 Liepaja Jewish Heritage Limud in Palanga, Lithuania
This is an educational projects that creates a platform aimed at promoting Jewish traditions and history, family relationships and roots. Regular workshops are held for adults as well as children.
2.2 Shabbat tradition in Jewish families – Celebration of Shabbat with children and ceremonies including baking Challah.
2.3 Training workshop – the Planet of Parents and Children
This training workshop is targeted at young families to help parents build a strong and secure relationship with their children based on Jewish traditions. It includes group discussions and practical tasks aimed at family bonding under the guidance of a professional coach.
2.4 Weekly readings of Shabbat chapters of the Torah : this regular event held in the Jewish Community Center is actively supported by the Foundation.
3. ONGOING PROJECTS
3.1 Publication of “La mort des Juifs” by N. Fresco in English
• This book provides the background to eight photographs of shootings carried out in Shkede on 15 December 1941 by the Nazi Emil Strod.
• Translation into English of Chapter 1 of N Fresco’s will take place in spring 2018. The book has already been translated into Latvian and Russian by the Foundation in 2016.
3.2 Photo Book – Old Liepaja
• In celebration of the Centenary year of the State of Latvia a Photo Book containing 300 photographs of pre-war Liepaja is to be published in Spring 2018 and will form an integral part of the Uniting History Project.
• The book’s main objectives are as follows:
• Portrayal of picturesque pre-war Liepaja, a melting pot of religions, cultures and traditions.
• Illustration of how hatred, intolerance, envy and national chauvinism can destroy human values and lead to traumatic events such as the Holocaust, deportations and widespread human suffering that marked the 20th century.
4. ONGOING FOUNDATION ACTIVITIES
4.1 The Liepaja Jewish Heritage Foundation assists with different programs and activities of the Liepaja Jewish Community such as weekly Tora readings, Shabbat meals and High Holy Day celebrations.
4.2 In December each year the Liepaja Jewish Community, including children and grandchildren of Survivors, organizes meetings with the daughters of the Righteous Gentiles of Liepaja passing the message down from generation to generation.
4.3 The Liepaja Jewish Heritage Foundation organizes regular clean-up of Liepaja’s Jewish cemetery and also monitors the area and monuments located in Shkede.
4.4 Ongoing research into pre-WWII history of Liepaja Jewry and the organization of seminars on Liepaja Jewish Heritage.
4.5 Organization of the annual Liepaja Jewish Heritage Limud for Jewish families and children.
4.6 Throughout the year, the Foundation supported the Liepaja Jewish Community in its social, educational and cultural projects and programs.
4.7 Participation in the “Night of Museums” together with the Museum of the Liepaja Jewish Community to promote Jewish tradition and culture in Liepaja society.