Historical Find in Vilna of Great Jewish Interest
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Historical Find in Vilna of Great Jewish Interest

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A find of great Jewish historical value has been made by the Jewish Scientific Institute here in discovering in the city archives forty volumes of the records of the Vilna Kehillah from 1809 to 1844 when Czar Nicholas I dissolved all of the kehillahs in Russia.

All of the volumes as well as, the kehillah seal are undamaged. The find includes thousands of orders, letters, documents, meeting reports, etc. The discovery will make possible a reconstruction of Jewish Kehillah life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund