The Secrets of the Great Synagogue of Vilna

The Great Synagogue of Vilna, the spiritual and physical home of the Lithuanian Jews,  was one of the oldest and most significant religious and cultural sites of Eastern European Jewry.  It was ransacked during WWII and then destroyed by the Soviets in 1956. An elementary school was built on top of the remains.

Be among the first to see a sneak peek of “The Secrets of the Synagogue,” a film that chronicles the process to uncover, document, and preserve this grand religious institution in Vilna.
(Please note that you will see only a portion of the film, as it is not yet completed. The finished film is expected to premier in the Spring of 2021.)

Then on November 1, your are invited to a riveting discussion with part of the team that made this amazing discovery possible:

  • Dr. Richard Freund, US Archaeologist
  • Loic Salfati, Lithuanian Film Project Director
  • Dr. Harry Jol, Geoscientist and GPR (ground penetrating radar) Expert
  • Dr. Phil Reeder, Lead Cartographer


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This program is FREE, but Registration is REQUIRED.


Register Here

  • By October 26: You will be emailed a link to the film
  • By October 30:  You will receive the Zoom login information for the conversation on November 1
  • November 1, 3:00 pm: Scholar discussion


Sponsored by:

Old Dominion University’s Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding
United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula
Virginia Holocaust Museum, Richmond


In Partnership with:

Alabama Holocaust Education Center
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
The College of William and Mary
Duquesne University
Christopher Newport University
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Lithuanian Culture Institute
Consulte General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York


* Please Note:
The AHEC does not have access to registrations and cannot assist with any Zoom issues.
All questions should be directed to Vilna Shul (


Nov 01 2020


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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