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Vilna Jewish Community Council

Title: Vilna Jewish Community Council
Inclusive Dates: 1800-1940
ID: RG 10
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12'2"; 28 5"lgl; 1 3"lgl; 1 3"ovr
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Beginning in the 16th century the Jewish community of Vilna, Lithuania was governed by an autonomous administrative body, called the Kehillah (or Kahal).  After the partition of Poland in 1794, when Lithuania was annexed to the Russian Empire, the Kehillah steadily declined in power until it was abolished in 1844.  The Tsedakah Gedolah which replaced it was limited to charitable and religious functions.  In 1919, the Tsedakah Gedolah was replaced by an elected New Kehillah (*Naye kehile*). This institution was eventually dissolved in 1940 by the Soviet authorities.
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Inventory: Yiddish, 8 pp., typed
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