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Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series Presents Vilna Remembered

Celebrate the City of Vilna with Musician Will Sol


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

7:00-8:30 pm


Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library
12 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146


Vilna – known as “Jerusalem of Lithuania” – was an outstanding center of Jewish learning and culture before it was decimated by the Nazi plague during World War II. Will Sol plays guitar and mandolin and is one of St. Louis’ most passionate and prolific advocates of Yiddish music. When he traveled to Vilnius (as the city is known in Lithuanian) in 2006 to study Yiddish for a month, he was overwhelmed by the richness of Vilna’s legacy. Spend an hour in Jewish Vilna with Will, as he evokes this remarkable community in klezmer music, story, Yiddish song and the poetry of Abraham Sutzkever.

RSVP to Nancy Dubman at or 314-442-3771.

For additional information, contact Cyndee Levy at or 314-422-3754.


About the Speaker

Mandolinist Will Sol has been preforming Klezmer music and Yiddish song and storytelling for the past decade. He studied Yiddish at the Vilnus Yiddish Institute in 2006. He immersed himself in the rich history of Vilna, much of it obliterated by the war. Sol has be quoted as saying that his goal was to learn “at least enough Yiddish to know what I was doing.” The experience did that a much more. He shares his love for Klezmer and Yiddish poetry and storytelling with audiences throughout the region.

Co-sponsored by Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library and the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center. Sh’ma: Listen! is generously funded by the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and Hank Webber and Chris Jacobs.


Sh’ma: Listen! Advisory Committee Chair
Rabbi Jeffrey Stiffman

Brodsky Commission Chair
Ronnie Brockman

Cyndee Levy, Director, Center for Jewish Learning
Karen Sher, Interim Engagement Coordinator

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
Harvey N. Wallace, Board Chair
Andrew Rehfeld, President & CEO