Seirijai is a tiny, old and beautiful town located in the south of Lithuania, near to the Polish border, with a little more than 700 permanent residents. Surrounded by lakes the town and its environs attract many visitors during the warm season who are longing for nature, tranquillity and summer joys. The town's history of over 500 years has been distinctly marked by the presence of Jewish dwellers.
From the beginning of the 18th century, when the first Jews settled in Seirijai, until 1941 this place was inhabited by one of the biggest Jewish communities in the region. The large community had everything necessary for their every day life – places to pray, study and earn a living and a place to properly bury family members. Nothing left, except for the forgotten, yet large old Seirijai Jewish cemetery.
The Summer Camp in Seirijai town aims to prepare the information and material for the inventory process of the cemetery. Ultimately, it could help to understand about the situation of the cemetery as well as people who had been buried there. The inventory process would cover the cleaning and tiding cemetery from debris and access of vegetation; digitisation and identifying coordinates of graves; identifying and copying legible inscriptions.
The thematic work of this summer camp has to do with the Jewish history and culture in Lithuania, as well as the eventful, complex Lithuanian history in the 20th century. As in all summer camps, the participants are welcome to bring up additional themes that interest them.
In addition to leisure activities being available in the direct surroundings, participants will also have the opportunity to visit the capital city of Vilnius during the program.