Bridge to Jewish past found in Vilnius, Lithuania

Excavations of the 16th century Great Synagogue in Vilnius, Lithuania, have uncovered the site of the Aron Kodesh, or Holy Ark, along with "part of the original floor, and the top of one of the four pillars surrounding the bima."

“This is a very emotional discovery for us here and allows us to make a bridge to our authentic past,” Emmanuel Zingeris, a Jewish Member of Parliament, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and President of the project to restore the Jewish quarter of the old town of Vilnius told “We now have the precise spot where the holiest part of the Synagogue stood, and it is under open sky.”