Remembering Vilna: The University of Hartford’s Vilna Excavations Project Update
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Remembering Vilna: The University of Hartford’s Vilna Excavations Project Update

Richard Freund, PhD

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 7:30PM
Auerbach Auditorium, Hillyer Hall

Speaker - Richard Freund, Maurice Greenberg Professor of Jewish History, University of Hartford

Richard Freund will present the team’s work on the rediscovery of the Great Synagogue of Vilnius, by using the non-invasive electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) technique. The synagogue was a five-story high building and compound that was established in the 16th and 17th centuries and was home to the greatest rabbinic scholar of the pre-modern and modern periods. It was believed the structure was destroyed in the Soviet era, but in reality the main prayer area was preserved more than six feet below ground.

The talk is free of charge. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 860.768.5018, or email mgcjs@hartford.edu.

University of Hartford students mapping the Great Synagogue