Conference Proceeding: Building Bridges and Creating New Communities of Tolerance in Vilnius Jewish Public Library

The aim of this presentation is to explicate the Mission of the Vilnius Jewish Public Library which is to bring back the Jewish literary and cultural heritage to the Lithuanian society and to demonstrate the contribution of Jewish nation into the world culture and in particular the contribution made by Litvaks. Cultural events which consisted of meeting authors and their book presentations, round-table discussions, film screenings, lectures, concerts and commemorations were organized. The rather intensive process led to the gathering and building of groups consisting of those who found the library as their meeting place for themselves and the interests they share. The grouping process is growing and reaching different sub-groups joining the whole network of developing community. It encompasses intellectuals, academia, including the Third University (for senior citizens), students, pupils, international community in Lithuania, and such interesting groups such as Polish Scouts and others.