Together with the rest of the World we express our anger and revolt to unashamed and inhuman actions of terrorists as well as those forces that protect criminals and in any way encourage them by means of instigating hatred and war.
We express our full support to the leaders of Israel in their resolute and pitiless war with terrorists and murderers. We promise that in future we shall provide all possible assistance and support to our brothers in Israel in this righteous struggle.
In these days Latvian Jews mourn and resent together with all Jews all over the Globe. We speak about this in synagogues, in our homes, at our meetings. Death of innocent Israeli teenagers is also our grief and our pain. With all our sole and thoughts we remain together with people of Israel during these sorrowful days.
Council of Jewish Communities of Latvia
The Council of Jewish Communities of Latvia and Riga Jewish religious community invite to attend the central event of the Day of Commemoration of victims of genocide against the Jews in Latvia – the mourning meeting at the site of the burnt Great Choral synagogue in Riga, Gogola street 25 to be held on 4th of July at 12:00.
Speakers include the President of Latvia, Andris Bērziņš.
At the request of the Jewish Survivors of Latvia in the United States we place their news release
Council of Jewish Communities of Latvia, Riga Jewish Community, Latvian Society of the Jews – former prisoners of Ghettos and concentration camps, Riga Jewish Religious Community invites on November 24, 2013 at 12:00 to the Commemoration Day ceremony dedicated to the anniversary of the massacre in Rumbula forest.
The bus to the memorial will be leaving from JCC Skolas str. 6 at 11:15.
After the ceremony at 14.00 welcome to Riga Jewish Community Center, Skolas str. 6, to the concert "Songs of the Riga Ghetto".
Position of the Council of Jewish Communities of Latvia concerning the restitution of Jewish property
Response of the Chairman of Council of Jewish Communities of Latvia, Arkady Suharenko to the "Latvijas Avīze" newspaper, 03.09.2013.
Replying to you concerning progress on the subject of Jewish property restitution and the government's cooperation, I can inform you that there has not been any recent progress concerning the restitution of Jewish property, and there is still none.
The Youth Centre of the Riga Jewish Community, with support of the Lo Tishkach Foundation, undertook a project in October of 2009, the goal of which is surveying of all Jewish cemeteries and mass graves in Latvia.
For decades the Riga synagogue on Peitavas street has been the center of religious life for Latvian Jews. After the renovation that was finished this year, it became an attractive sight for tourists as one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings in Riga.
In late November the Riga synagogue took on another meaning – it became a concert hall.
On the 3rd of July an event to mark the The Day of Remembrance of Victims of Genocide against the Jews took place in Riga, at Gogola street 25.
Riga Jewish Community Congress took place on the 24 of March. 118 delegates from 18 organizations attended the congress.
The chairperson of the Riga Jewish Community Arkady Suharenko brought to the attention of the delegates major trends of the activities of the community.
The presentation of Martin Grahls book “Christian – Jewish dialogue” took place in the University’s of Latvia Theology Department on the 20th of February. The Theology Department’s dean of admissions Ralf Kokin, the director of Konrad Adenauer Fund Andreas Klein, the director of the Centre for Judaic Studies of the University of Latvia prof.