Following talks between the Jewish Community of Lithuania and the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) a formal agreement has been signed, confirming that the CER will be fully consulted on all communal and religious matters in the country.
Representatives of the country’s Jewish community, led by Chairwoman Faina Kukliansky, reached out to Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER), desiring to ensure that the community’s religious sites, such as synagogues, mikvaot, and cemeteries, are protected. The Lithuanian Jewish Community’s request to the CER for support has been made just prior to WJRO ratification of the new Goodwill Foundation established by the Lithuanian government to return stolen Holocaust property.
In an official letter on Monday 5th December, Chairwoman Kukliansky wrote to Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, granting a key “role in decision-making on these matters to a rabbinic representative of the Conference of European Rabbis, under your leadership”.
Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) stated:
“The Conference of European Rabbis (CER) will go to great lengths to guide and assist the Lithuanian Jewish Community in providing religious services and in maintaining its important religious and historic landmarks. I look forward to working together to protect the country’s Jewish past and in building this Jewish community for the future, ensuring that it can thrive.”