Guide to the Records of Vilna Jewish Community Council
1800-1940

RG 10

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Descriptive summary

Creator: Vilna Jewish Community Council
Title: Records of the Vilna Jewish Community Council
Dates:1800-1940
Abstract: From the 16th century onward the Jewish community of Vilna was governed by an autonomous administrative body, called the Kehillah (or Kahal). Under the Russian domination (from 1794) the Kehillah steadily declined in power until the institution of Kahal was altogether abolished in 1844 by an imperial edict throughout the Russian empire. The Tsedakah Gedolah which replaced the former Kehillah in Vilna was limited to charitable and religious functions. In 1919, as Vilna became part of Poland, the Tsedakah Gedolah was replaced by an elected New Kehillah (Yid. Naye kehile). This institution was eventually dissolved in 1940 by the Soviet authorities. These are incomplete records of the Kehillah covering mainly the period of the Tzedakah Gedolah, 1844-1918, and the New Kehillah, 1919-1940. Some pre﷓1844 records are included. Originally part of the YIVO Archives in Vilna, only a third of the collection was recovered after World War II. Additional records of the Vilna Kehillah are in the custody of the Central Historical Archives in Vilnius, Lithuania. The collection relates to all three administrations, although records of the first "kahal" period cover only the years1800﷓1844 and these are very sparse. The collection also includes numerous documents of the Jewish Refugee Relief Committee, established at the beginning of World War II under the auspices of the Kehillah. That committee functioned from 1939-1940.
Languages: Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian, Polish, German.
Quantity: 10.9 linear feet.
Record Group Number: RG 10
Repository: YIVO Archives
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Historical Note

The city of Vilna began in 1323 as the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. In 1596, following the Lublin Union, Vilna became part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. In 1795 it fell under the Russian domination in result of the Third Partition of Poland between Russia, Prussia, and Austria. During the World War I, starting in 1915 until the end of the war in 1918 Vilna was occupied by the German army. In 1920 Vilna was returned to independent Poland but was overrun by the Soviet armed forces in September1939. Occupied by the Nazi Germany in July 1941; liberated from the Germans and made capital of the Lithuanian S.S.R. in 1944; since 1991 the capital of Lithuania.

The Jews began moving to the vicinity of Vilna from Germany and Poland in the middle of the 15th century. However, only in 1593 did the Jewish newcomers receive a royal privilege from the Polish king Zygmunt II that enabled them to settle and trade in the city.

Beginning in the 16th century the Jewish community of Vilna, Lithuania, was governed by an autonomous administrative body, called Kehillah (or Kahal). After the partition of Poland in 1795, when Lithuania was annexed to the Russian Empire, the Kehillah steadily declined in power until it was abolished in 1844, along with all other community boards throughout the Russian empire. The Tsedakah Gedolah (Greater Charity Fund) which unofficially replaced the Kehillah performed mainly charitable and religious functions.

The Tsedakah Gedolah acted as a surrogate community organization with reduced scope of activities, and as a welfare fund, that took care of the cemetery, the Jewish hospitals, the Hekdesh (home for the aged), library, public baths, shelter for transients, distribution of matzot for Passover, firewood, weekly aid to the poor, and more. The official name for the Tsedakah Gedolah under the Russian rule was Vilenskoie Molitvennoie Upravlenie Glavnoi Sinagogi ( Vilna Religious Board of the Main Synagogue ), and during the German occupation of 1915-1918 Vilna Haupt-Synagogeverwaltung ( Administration of the Vilna Main Synagogue ).

The Tsedakah Gedolah was governed by a council, which consisted of eight committees-Rabbinic, Charitable, Cemetery, Financial, Administrative, Management, and Audit. After the retreat of the Russian forces in 1915 most of the Tsedakah Gedolah supervisors and board members fled into the Russian interior. To coordinate Jewish relief efforts, various Jewish institutions that remained in Vilna, united to establish the Central Relief Committee (Tsentrler hilfs-komitet), where Tsedakah Gedolah played a significant role.

At the end of 1918 the German military allowed the general election of the new Kehillah which took place on December 25. The so named New Kehillah (Yid. di Naye kehile) was thus restored in January 1919. Yet the Tsedakah Gedolah continued in its capacity as charity dispensing institution associated, as before, with the Main Synagogue. This duality of Vilna communal leadership persisted until 1935 when the Polish authorities forced both institutions to merge. The Vilna Kehillah was eventually dissolved in 1940 by the Soviets

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Scope and Content Note

The Vilna Kehillah archive includes documents related to the activities of the Vilna Jewish community board, the Kehillah and its auxiliary institutions, covering the period from 1800 to 1940. It mostly includes correspondence of the Kehillah with the authorities of the day-Russian, German, Polish; announcements of the Kehillah, lists of persons receiving charitable aid, materials on Kehillah elections, invoices from vendors and contractors, petitions from individuals, personal documents. The records are quite fragmentary with the bulk relating to the New Kehillah, in the interwar Poland.

The earliest pre-1844 Kehillah documents are related to the economic activities, litigations regarding the Kehillah real estate, sale of kosher meat, contacts with the local Russian authorities. Some of them bear the stamp of the S. Ansky Jewish Historical-Ethnographic Society, which suggests that at some point they were separated from the main Kehillah archive.

The Tsedakah Gedolah documents from1844 through 1915 relate to the administrative, financial and economics activities, hiring of rabbis and cantors, charity work, Jewish education matters, kosher meat tax, maintenance of buildings, cemeteries, and other property. Represented in the collection are documents and some minutes of the committees: Rabbinic, Charity, Cemetery, Financial, Administrative, Management, and Audit. The majority of the Tsedakah Gedolah documents consist of correspondence with Russian authorities on questions ranging from the care of the homeless Jewish orphans to the changes in Russian legislation concerning Jews in the Pale of Settlement.

The 1915-1919 period includes documents about distribution of the relief aid, mostly from the American and German Jewish sources. Tsedakah Gedolah played a significant role in the Central Relief Committee, and the documents of that Committee are represented in the collection. There are minutes of the administrative board meetings, lists of people receiving aid, correspondence with German occupation authorities.

The Kehilla elections on December 25, 1918, are represented by the Elections committee correspondence, campaign materials of the participating Jewish political parties and groups, lists of candidates, list of the New Kehillah council members. Important materials represent the catastrophic situation of Vilna Jews during the so called “Vilna dispute” by which name the conflict in 1919-1920 between Poland, Soviet Russia and Lithuania for the possession of Vilna is known. When the Bolsheviks came to Vilna, the Soviet power was established for three months and the Kehillah was shut down, its activities banned. As Vilna was taken over by the Polish army, a string of vicious pogroms and plundering took place that resulted in the deaths of many Jews. The revived Kehilla received hundreds of petitions from the victims, which are present in the collection. There is also some correspondence with the Lithuanian authorities which briefly ruled Vilna in 1920.

The later documents reflect relations of the New Kehillah with the Polish authorities through the interwar period. Records of the departments of the New Kehillah, include Managing committee, Personnel, Finance, Social Welfare, Children’s Welfare, Public Health, Education, Religious, and Legal departments. Many materials relate to the Kehillah health care institutions, especially the Zwierzyniec Children’s Hospital. A large number of documents define relations of the Vilna Kehillah with other Jewish community organizations throughout the Polish Republic. A significant body of documents covers the negotiations and drafting of agreements between the Tsedakah Gedolah supervisors and the New Kehillah authorities. The collection also includes documents of the Jewish Refugee Relief Committee, established at the beginning of World War II under the auspices of the Kehillah That committee functioned during1939-1940.

The Vilna Kehillah archive allows to study aspects and the mechanism of Jewish autonomy by illustrating the role of Jewish community institutions in Vilna., and to trace the treatment of the Jewish population by Russian and Polish rulers. It sheds light on the Jewish communal activities during extremely hard times of wars and occupations. It also allows glimpses into the everyday life of Jews in Vilna, their economic condition, and the state of their physical well-being. It ultimately illuminates almost all spheres of life of the Vilna Jews, from religion to health care, from education to nutrition. Noteworthy is the large volume of documents on the topic of the kosher meat-its production, taxation, distribution and consumption.

A number of documents relate to the activities of prominent personalities who resided in Vilna, such as Rabbi Chaim Oyzer Grodzienski (Grodzinski), Tsemakh Shabad, Jacob Wygodzki, Max Weinreich, Zalman Reisen, Khaykl Lunski and others.

The collection is a valuable source in genealogical research considering a great number of lists of population with names and birthdates indicated, and a large number of personal documents, some with photographs

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Arrangement

The collection is divided in three series and a number of sub-series, according to the provenance and chronology of the documents.

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Access and Use

Open to researchers.

For more information, contact:
Chief Archivist
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street
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email: archives@yivo.cjh.org

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Preferred citation

Published citations should read as follows:

Identification of item, date (if known); YIVO Archives; Vilna Jewish Community Council; RG 10; folder number.

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Container List

 

Series I: Tsedakah Gedolah (Yid. Tsedoke gedoyle, Rus. Vilenskoye Evreiskoye Molitvennoye Pravlenie Glavnoi Sinagogi), 1800-1930

Some early documents in this series are in Polish and Hebrew, but the bulk is in Russian .
Arrangement:

Arranged by topic.

Scope and Content:

Documents of the Vilna Kehillah, 1800-1844, and of the Tsedakah Gedolah, 1844 until the merger with the New Kehillah in the 1930s. The series includes also minutes of the council meetings, documents on the board elections, agreements with contractors, lease agreements, various financial and payroll reports, documents concerning kosher meat, correspondence with theRussian authorities, court cases, lists of aid received, communal property files, petitions, permits, notes.

Subseries 1: Administrative documents of Tsedakah Gedolah, 1869-1923

Scope and Content:

Documents relate to the maintenance of the Main Synagogue, supervison of cemeteries, control of real property holdings, assistance for the poor, providing winter heating, and distribution of Passover aid.

Folder TitleDate
1Elections to the Board of the Tsedakah Gedolah (Chairman, Scholar, Treasurer and their deputies). Letters from the Governing Senate on the status of the Tsedakah Gedolah in response to appeals from Mandelbaum and Lam 1909-1914
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2Minutes of the Tsedakah Gedolah meetings1889, 1905-1916
Folder TitleDate
3 Council of the Tsedakah Gedola, by-laws and minutes1890-1923
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4Lease contracts on land and real estate, belonging to the Tsedakah Gedolah 1869-1895
  

see also: folders 56-63

 
Folder TitleDate
421Inventory of Kehillah building. undated

Subseries 2: Kosher Meat Tax Matters, 1800, 1830-1917

Scope and Content:

Documents relate to the korobka, or kosher meat tax, which was farmed out to individual tax collectors. Correspondence with the municipal and police offices responsible for meat tax collection; petitions and permits.

Folder TitleDate
5Lease of kosher meat tax collection, regulations and contracts; correspondence with the City Council (Gorodskaya Uprava)1830-1910
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6Expanditure list of the Office of the Meat Tax (at the Vilna City Police Department) 1915 March-April
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7Office of the Meat Tax (Khoziaistvennoie Upravlenie Delami Korobochnogo Sbora po g. Vilnie)1915 May-June
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8Korobka tax, requests and petitions1907-1917
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9Korobka tax, permits of release1914-1917
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10Various documents concerning kosher meat1800, 1840

Subseries 3: Financial Records of the Tsedakah Gedolah, 1818, 1860-1930

Scope and Content:

Minutes of the Finance Committee; income and expenses; accounts payable and receivable; invoices; receipts.

Folder TitleDate
11Finance Committee, minutes of meetings1916
Folder TitleDate
12Financial statements1860-1875
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76 Confirmation notes by M. Pawlowski on receiving payments on loan from Fund for Orphans and Poor Israelites 1818
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13Financial statements, lists of expenses1890-1902
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14Financial statements and related papers1906-1919
Folder TitleDate
15 List of sources of income for the Tsedoke Gedoyle, (payments of the korobka tax, bequests by M. Strashun, Grinevich, I. Bloch, B. Klaczko, I. Gilels, A. Minker)circa 1900
Folder TitleDate
16Statements of income and expenses1904
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17 Bank loans (Vilenskii Zemelnyi Bank: receipts) 1904-1911
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18Inventory of assets and debts1895 January 1
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19 Payroll reports1916
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20Tsedakah Gedolah and Central Committee correspondence on financial matters1906-1917
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21Tsedakah Gedolah miscellaneousellaneousellaneous reciepts1908-1922
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22Bills, miscellaneous1872-1928
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23Management orders (weekly budget requests)1917-1918
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24 Budget of the Tsedakah Gedolah 1922-1923
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25Accounts payable and receivable. Ledgers, miscellaneous notes 1919-1926
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26Mmiscellaneous invoices, receipts1890-1910
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27Miscellaneous receipts1912-1918
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28Miscellaneouss receipts1916-1930

Subseries 4: General Correspondence of Tsedakah Gedolah, 1826-1930

Scope and Content:

Correspondence with government and local Russian authorities, German occupation command, Polish government agencies; Jewish organizations and individuals.

Folder TitleDate
29Correspondence, Vilna City Council 1850-1918
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30Correspondence, Vilna City Council 1850-1918
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31Correspondence, Vilna Police, passport1826-1903
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32Correspondence, lost unknown Jewish children 1904
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32 ACorrespondence, with or concerning Vilna rabbis and cantors 1860-1917
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33 Correspondence, Vilna gubernia1873, 1910
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34Correspondence, Vilna Statistical Committee1889-1898
Folder TitleDate
35Correspondence, German occupation authorities 1915-1918
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36Correspondence with the Society of Teachers of Jewish Languages1918
Folder TitleDate
37Correspondence, miscellaneous1826-1919
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395 Vilna city council case on covering the deficit of the Vilna Jewish hospital and construction of a new building, 1907. Vilna pristav’s office on Khaia Volokhanskaia, 1913-19141907, 1913-1914
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38 Correspondence, Vilna magistrate and miscellaneous1920-1930

Subseries 5: Bequests to Tsedakah Gedolah, 1826-1924

Scope and Content:

Wills and bequests made to the Tsedokah Gedolah.

Folder TitleDate
39 Last wills in favor of Tsedakah Gedolah 1826-1924
Folder TitleDate
40 Wills benefitting the Tsedakah Gedolah 1863-1909
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41Estate of Abraham Leybovitch Arons1893-1904

Subseries 6: Religious, burial, and other community matters, 1849-1932

Scope and Content:

Records relating to management of real property, cemeteries, hospitals, and other community matters.

Folder TitleDate
42Jewish cemetery in Vilna1849-1920
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43Jewish cemetery in Vilna, expansion1891-1894
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44 Cemetery Commission, minutes of meetings1911
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45 Memorial Service announcement for Baron Naftali Hirtz (Horace) Ginzburg 1909
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46Jewish Hospital1853-1919
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47 Materials of Sh. J. Fuenn Foundation, M. Strashun library 1903
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48Yeshiva Tiferes Bahurim1907
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49 Letter to the Kehillah about the needs of shokhtim (slaughterers), written on a blank shoykhet certificate form 1912
Folder TitleDate
50 The Great Synagogue (receipts of purchase of permanent places1874-1931, 1932

Subseries 7: Court cases related to the Tsedakah Gedolah, 1805-1931

Scope and Content:

Court cases and litigations related to the ownership of the Tsedakah Gedolah real property.

Folder TitleDate
51Court cases1805-1825
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52Court cases1825-1931
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53Court matters, miscellaneousellaneous1895-1919
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54Patsevich case, litigation about a house at 545 Safianna St., reportedly belonging to Tsedakah Gedolah1866-1878

Subseries 8: Military service matters, 1896-1914

Scope and Content:

Records of the Tsedakah Gedolah interventions on behalf of Vilna Jews drafted into military service.

Folder TitleDate
55Military service of Vilna Jews1896-1914

Subseries 9: Property records of Tsedakah Gedolah, 1878-1931

Scope and Content:

Documentation on the Tsedakah Gedolah property, lease agreements and correspondence on related matters.

Folder TitleDate
56 Power of attorney agreement for Tsedakah Gedolah properties 1912
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57 Lease agreements (for buildings and stores owned by the Tsedakah Gedolah ) 1891-1898
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58Lease agreements (for buildings and stores owned by the Tsedakah Gedolah), note by Ts. Shabad on relations between Tsedakah Gedolah and Kehille (6/21/1921)1904-1926
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59 Lease agreements (for buildings and stores owned by the Tsedakah Gedolah ) 1908-1914
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60 Lease agreements (for buildings and stores owned by the Tsedakah Gedolah ) 1915-1919
Folder TitleDate
61 Lease agreements (for buildings and stores owned by the Tsedakah Gedolah ) 1919-1931
Folder TitleDate
62 Lists of income from Tsedakah Gedolah properties 1901-1931
Folder TitleDate
63Real Estate, miscellaneous correspondence1918-1925
Folder TitleDate
64Lists of tenants undated
  in Russian, Yiddish, Polish   
Folder TitleDate
65 Property tax and other bills related to properties owned by the Tsedakah Gedolah 1905-1931
Folder TitleDate
66Correspondence with contractors and potential lessees, Budget draft for 1910, list of Tsedakah Gedolah real estate property, 1878-19291878-1929
Folder TitleDate
67 Legal matters concerning properties owned by the Tsedakah Gedolah, correspondence 1923-1931

Subseries 10: Passover aid and other charity matters, 1818, 1891-1924

Scope and Content:

Materials on providing support for the needy Jews of Vilna, running soup kitchens and other relief.

Folder TitleDate
68 Permission from the Building Department of the Vilna Gubernia Administration to the Tsedakah Gedolah to renovate a building 1908 June 4
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69Passover relief (reports, lists of recipients, correspondence)1914-1918
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70Passover relief (various lists, correspondence)1919-1923
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71 Matzo coupons 1917-1918
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72Contracts with bakeries to provide matzot1918
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73 Matzo Commission and Rabbinic Committee - Passover handbills 1918-1920, 1928
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74Lists of employees involved with the Passover relief1918
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75 Coupons for Passover flour Inventory reports from flour warehouses 1918
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77 Society for Grants to the Poor Jews of the City of Vilna (bylaws, minutes)1906-1907
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78 Notes about the "Biliger kikh" (subsidized kitchen) circa 1903
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79Grants to recruits 1914
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80Lists of contributors and contributions1915-1916
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81Lists of contributors and contributions1916-1917
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82 Lists of families who have a member serving in the army and are receiving aid from the Tsedakah Gedolah 1918. Postcard of Khaykl Lunski to artillerist Slioma Lunski1918
Folder TitleDate
83Help Committee for the Hungry Jews of Vilna. Receipt book from contributors, lists of recipients, miscellaneous1914-1918
Folder TitleDate
84Requests for Aid1905-1922
Folder TitleDate
85Requests for Aid1910-1919
Folder TitleDate
86Requests for Aid1891-1909
Folder TitleDate
87 List of persons receiving aid (lit., Halukah) 1923
Folder TitleDate
88 Request for subsidy to pay for Sukkot kosher kitchen 1924
Folder TitleDate
89Mmiscellaneous Financial Papers (receipts for monies given, loan papers, various notes relating to money)1893-1918

Subseries 11: Merger of Tsedakah Gedolah and the New Kehillah, 1919-1939

Scope and Content:

Documents regarding negotiations and agreements between the Tsedakah Gedolah and the New Kehillah to merge the two.

Folder TitleDate
90 Merger of the Tsedakah Gedolah with the Kehillah1919-1931
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91 Audit Committee to review the accounting for the Tsedakah Gedolah1931
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92Merger of the Tsedakah Gedolah with the Kehillah1931-1939
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Series II: The New Kehillah (Pol. Gmina Żydowska w Wilnie; Yid. Di Naye kehile, Hebrew: Ha kehillah Hayehudit beVilna, 1915-1940

Polish, Yiddish, Russian, Lithuanian.
Arrangement:

Arranged by topic.

Scope and Content:

This series include documents from l918 to 1940 reflecting the formation and activities of the New Kehillah under the Polish rule, 1919-1939, and the functioning of the Kehillah departments. The documents of 1939-1940 pertain to the activities of the Jewish Refugee Relief Committee and include correspondence with Lithuanian authorities. The series includes materials of various offices of the New Kehillah that dealt with administrative, legal, social, health and welfare matters, and with religion and education. It consists of minutes, inventories, log books, correspondence with local authorities, identity papers and vital records, printed announcements.

Subseries 1: Central Jewish Aid Committee (World War I), 1914-1924

Arrangement:

Arranged in no particular order.

Scope and Content:

The Jewish Relief Committee (Yid. Tsentraler yiddisher hilfs-komitet) was organized in 1915 to provide relief for Jewish refugees as well as for the local Jewish population in Vilna during the German occupation. Minutes of committee meetings; reports of activities; documents re:s the kehillahs status in the Congress Poland.

Folder TitleDate
93Hilfs-komitet (Jewish Aid Committee), 1915-1919: “The role of the Registration Bureau in Vilna in 1914-1915”, manuscript1915-1919
  Yiddish   
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94 Audit Division Reports1916-1918
Folder TitleDate
95Child Welfare Division report1916
Folder TitleDate
96Joint meeting of representatives of Vilna political and economic organizations1917
Folder TitleDate
97Plans and regulations for the Vilne Kehillah; regulations for the community boards in Congress Poland1919
Folder TitleDate
98Presidium meetings: minutes1919
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99Presidium meetings: minutes1920, 1924
Folder TitleDate
100Farvaltung (administrative board) meetings: minutes 1919
Folder TitleDate
101Farvaltung (administrative board) meetings: minutes 1919-1924
Folder TitleDate
102Plenary meetings: minutes1919-1923
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103Collegium meetings: minutes1919, 1921
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104Seniors Convent (oversight body composed of leading members from the various political parties)1920-1922
Folder TitleDate
105Miscellaneous minutesundated
Folder TitleDate
385Documents of German army rabbis1916-1917

Subseries 2: Elections to the Kehillah, 1917-1936

Scope and Content:

Materials related to the first democratic elections to the secular New Kehillah on December 25, 1918.

Folder TitleDate
106Kehillah elections material (Organization Committee for the Kehillah elections, electors’ lists, reports from voting stations, lists of voters, lists of candidates and regulations for chairs of voting stations1918
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107Kehillah Council, members1919
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108 Zionist Organization Campaign material (1918): correspondence (1921) 1918, 1921
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109 Jewish Democratic Party Campaign material (1918) and correspondence (19191920) 19181920
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110Bund, correspondence and miscellaneous1920
  

(including notes by Max Weinreich)

 
Folder TitleDate
111 Tseirei Tsiyon, campaign material; correspondence1918-1922
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112United Jewish Socialist Workers Party, campaign material1918-1919
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113Artisans’ Association, notes and correspondence1918-1919
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114 Rabbinic proclamations on Kehillah elections 1918
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115 Lists of candidates and voting stations (FILED IN OVERSIZE) 1918
Folder TitleDate
116 Kehillah Election Commission Expenses 1917-1922
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117City Council elections-miscellaneousellaneous materials1919
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118List of voters1925
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119 Kehillah Election Commission Correspondence (especially with Mayor of Vilna, Starosta ) 1928
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120 Kehillah Election Commission, correspondence 1928
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121 Kehillah Election Commission, mMinutes of meetings, declarations by candidates that they will fulfill their duties if elected 1928
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122 Kehillah elections, lists of candidates 1927-1928
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123 Proclamation in favor of the dissolution of the elected Kehillah and in favor of the nominated one1935
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124 Kehillah Election Commission, members1936
Folder TitleDate
125Eligible and ineligible voters (list of people born in 1911, lists of residents in the Jewish old age home, recipients of other Jewish charities, etc.)1936
Folder TitleDate
126Kehillah Election Commission, lists of candidates, miscellaneousellaneous correspondence1936
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127 Receipts for ballot boxes, lists of voting districts and district personnel 1936
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128Election Commission reports from local election districts1936
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129 Kehillah Election Commission, blank forms1936

Subseries 3: Administrative Committee, 1919-1939

Scope and Content:

Correspondence with other community boards in Poland re: organization of the kehillot, correspondence with Polish authorities on various matters, internal correspondence.

Folder TitleDate
130 Conference of the kehillahs of the Vilna region, credentials (mandatn) of participants, miscellaneous1924
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131Conference of the kehillahs of the Vilna region, rules and minutes1924
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132Conference of the kehillahs from the eastern wojewodstwos: Vilna, Białystok, Nowogródek, Volhynia and Polesie regions. Resolutions, minutes, correspondence1926
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133 Conference of the kehillahs from the eastern provinces: lists of participants, credentials (mandatn) of the participants1926
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134 Conference of the kehillahs from the eastern provinces, greetings1926
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135 Correspondence with various departments of the Polish government1919-1938
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136Correspondence with General Commissioner of the Eastern Provinces1919-1920
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137Correspondence with local Polish authorities1919-1938
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138Correspondence with the Jewish National Council of Lithuania and miscellaneousellaneous1920-1923
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139Correspondence with the Białystok Kehillah ofconcerning reimbursement of 10,000 marks paid on behalf of Vilna Jews interned in Białystok1919
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140Correspondence with other Jewish communities1922-1936
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141Correspondence internal1919-1939
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142 Correspondence with various social and cultural aid organizations (Women’s Society, Help Committee of German Jews, American Joint Distribution Committee, Friends of Yiddish Theater)1920-1930
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360Summonses to the Tsedakah Gedolah central committee meetings, map of a Jewish relief society chapter’s responsibility area in Vilnaundated

Subseries 4: Kehillah Personnel, 1919-1934

Scope and Content:

Lists of empoyees, medical insurance contracts and correspondence related to Kehillah employees.

Folder TitleDate
143 Correspondence, Executive Committee of Kehillah Employees1919-1921
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144Correspondence with Kehillah employees and employee groups concerning wages1919-1921
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145Correspondence with Kehillah employees and miscellaneousellaneous1922-1934
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146Kehillah employees, salaries and miscellaneousellaneous correspondence; blank invitation for the prayer in honour of president Moscicki’s visit1920-1938
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147Correspondence with the Professional Association of Trade Employees (Zwiazek Zawodowy Pracownikow Przemyslowo-Handlowych, the union that represented the Kehillah workers)1919-1931
Folder TitleDate
148Correspondence with the Association of Nurses and with the Assocation of Teachers 1919-1933
Folder TitleDate
149 Medical insurance, Kehillah employees (Kasa chorych)1922-1923, 1929-1930

Subseries 5: Department of Finance, 1919-1938

Scope and Content:

Financial documents of the New Kehillah, minutes of meetings on financial matters, budgets and reports.

Folder TitleDate
150Minutes of meetings of the Finance Committee, miscellaneousellaneous related correspondence1919
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151Information forms1930
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152Appeals to pay Kehillah taxes1919-1933
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153Kehillah tax bills- Zalmen Reisen, Max Weinreich1930, 1932, 1935
Folder TitleDate
154District Tax Committees, minutes and miscellaneousellaneous1920-1921
Folder TitleDate
155Requests for reduction in taxes1932
Folder TitleDate
156Lists of Kehillah taxpayers (by street address)1920
Folder TitleDate
157 Kehillah budgets, cash reports1921-1929
Folder TitleDate
158Preliminary budgets1936, 1938
Folder TitleDate
159Reports from the Kehillah Control (auditing) Committee1919
Folder TitleDate
160Expenses1933-1934
Folder TitleDate
160 A Financial reports of the Kehillah; Kehillah budget with the list of real estate 1930-1931

Subseries 6: Department of Social Welfare, 1898, 1919-1939

Scope and Content:

Minutes of the Department meetings, requests for assistance and reports.

Folder TitleDate
161 Committee (later Department) for Social Welfare, minutes of meetings, balance sheet 1919-1922
Folder TitleDate
162Department of Social Welfare, correspondence, miscellaneousellaneous1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
163Department of Social Welfare, correspondence, miscellaneousellaneous1925-1939
Folder TitleDate
164Requests for communal assistance and replies1919
Folder TitleDate
165Requests for communal assistance and replies1919
Folder TitleDate
166Requests for communal assistance and replies1921
Folder TitleDate
167Requests for communal assistance and replies1921
Folder TitleDate
168Requests for communal assistance and replies1919-1921
Folder TitleDate
169Passover relief (various lists, correspondence)1920-1924
Folder TitleDate
170Clothing distribution, lists of recipients1920
Folder TitleDate
171Lists of loan (or grant) recipients1922
Folder TitleDate
172Admission card to a kosher kitchen1930
Folder TitleDate
173 Transfer of money from abroad to relatives1920-1921
Folder TitleDate
174 Investigation reports of intelligentsia in need, N.D.; request on behalf of the teacher and writer Eljas Goldszmidt1920
  English, Polish   
Folder TitleDate
175“Bilige hayzer” (Subsidized housing), Repairs1920-1921
Folder TitleDate
176 “Bilige hayzer”, miscellaneous1922-1923
Folder TitleDate
177“Bilige hayzer"1921-1923
Folder TitleDate
365 Minutes of the committee of affordable housing for the Vilna Jews1898

Subseries 7: Department of Child Welfare, 1908-1939

Scope and Content:

Information about institutions active in child welfare and education under the auspices of the New Kehillah; orphanages, school kitchens, camps.

Folder TitleDate
178 Society for the Care of Children, Society for the Care of Orphans and Poor Jewish Girls, minutes, reports, letters1908-1931
Folder TitleDate
179Committee/Department for Child Welfare, minutes of meetings, lists of goods for various Vilna schools, circulars, miscellaneous1917-1939
Folder TitleDate
180Committee/Department for Child Welfare, miscellaneous correspondence1919-1922
Folder TitleDate
181Committee to Send Children to Warsaw1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
182Income and expenses ledger of the Committee for Child Welfare1920
Folder TitleDate
183 Department of Child Welfare, monthly accountings lists of expenses, budgets1922
Folder TitleDate
184Food requisitions, miscellaneous 1919-1920
  

Removed to Folder 353 A

 
Folder TitleDate
185Employees and wages in children’s institutions, partial list1920
Folder TitleDate
186American Committee to Help Children in Wilno (may be the same as Polish-American Committee to Help Children in Wilno), correspondence1921-1931
Folder TitleDate
187 Kropla Mleka (Drop of Milk-supplementary milk program for infants), list of childrenundated
Folder TitleDate
188Lists of orphans and children supported by the Kehillah early 1920s
Folder TitleDate
189Orphan Committee, lists of contributors1921
Folder TitleDate
190Abandoned or orphaned children: individual cases1920
Folder TitleDate
191Lists of children studying or living in various schools or orphanages 1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
192Summary reports on orphans and half-orphansundated
Folder TitleDate
193United American Distribution Committee (AJDC?), registration questionnaires for war orphansundated
Folder TitleDate
194OZE Home for Nurslings, lists of children, correspondence1920-1921
Folder TitleDate
195Beis Eliohu orphanage, (formerly, Achieser) inspection forms, letters, list of residents, miscellaneous1919-1924
Folder TitleDate
196Workers’ Children’s Home of the Professional Associations, list of residents, correspondence1920-1921
Folder TitleDate
197Ostrobramska Street No. 39 orphanage, lists of residents, inspection form, monthly budget1917-1921
Folder TitleDate
198 Second Day Children’s Home, description of the institutionearly 1920s
Folder TitleDate
199Shnipishker Home for Orphans and Poor Children (a.k.a. Khiviner orphanage), petitions for aid to buy food, lists of students, budgets, expenses, correspondence concerning painting and window repair 1919-1921
  

Also includes two documents concerning the Dinezon school which was at the same location

 
Folder TitleDate
200 Wilkomirska Street No. 3 children’s home, list of residentsundated
Folder TitleDate
201 Evening Home for Young Workers1920-1922
Folder TitleDate
202 School kitchen, Baszta Street, list of children who attend1920
Folder TitleDate
203 Children’s Kitchen, 15 Wielka Pohulanka Street, report, request (to the Kehillah), list of children who are fed at the kitchen1919-1921
Folder TitleDate
204 Children’s Kitchen, Mostova No. 14, list of children, subsidy request form1920
Folder TitleDate
205Yugendflege, Children’s kitchen, subsidy request forms1920
Folder TitleDate
206Second Children’s Kitchen, list of children who attend, subsidy request formcirca 1920
Folder TitleDate
207 Third Children’s Kitchen, correspondence, lists of income and expenses1918, 1920
Folder TitleDate
2082nd Children’s Kitchen Radunska Street No. 32, list of children who attend the kitchen sent to the American Committee to Aid Children in Vilna, lists of children served by kitchen, income listscirca 1920
Folder TitleDate
209 Children’s Kitchen, St. Jerska Street, subsidy request forms1920
Folder TitleDate
210 Summer colonies (camps) for children, minutes, correspondence, receiptscirca 1920
Folder TitleDate
211Colony (camp) for Weak Children, lists of campers 1920
Folder TitleDate
212Summer Colony of the Fareynigte Talmud Torahs, list of equipmentundated

Subseries 8: Department of Education and Culture

Scope and Content:

Documents relating to educational and cultural organizations associated with the New Kehillah.

Folder TitleDate
213Education Department, accounting records1915-1924
Folder TitleDate
214Education Department, draft of report on kindergartens, correspondence, letters from Rabbi Grodzienski1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
215Education Department, documentation and correspondence1921-1929
Folder TitleDate
216Va’ad ha-meuchad system of Talmud Torahs and national religious schools (Umbrella organization headed by Rabbi Yitzhak Rubinstein of eleven schools and orphanages)1919-1923
Folder TitleDate
217Talmud Torah Ha-Ironi (The City Talmud Torah), list of classes1920-1921
Folder TitleDate
218Toras Emes school and orphanage, lists of classes, lists of students requiring aid, correspondence1915-1920
Folder TitleDate
219Ezro children’s shelter and kitchen (former “Esro” heder?), list of garments distributed, teachers’ salaries1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
220Tiferes Bakhurim folk-school for boys, lists of faculty, lists of students correspondence, budgets, miscellaneousellaneous reports, announcements1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
221Talmud Torah ha-meuchad, Tojras Chesed Toras Izrael, reports, lists of classes, list of students, request for subsidy from school kitchen1920
Folder TitleDate
222Beis Jehudah Folk-School (formerly heder), requests, list of wages 1919-circa 1920
Folder TitleDate
223 Torah Temimah boy's school, letter 1920
Folder TitleDate
224Torah Temimah children’s kitchen, lists of children served by the kitchenundated
Folder TitleDate
225 Va’ad ha-meuchad girls school, correspondence1920
Folder TitleDate
226 Gertrud (Golde) Marx, orphanage, invitation to opening, inspection form, list of residents, bills1917-1924
Folder TitleDate
227Borochow nursery and school, list of studentsundated
Folder TitleDate
228Mendele Moykher Seforim nursery, list of children; First Children’s kindergarten, list of children, list of expenses1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
229Poplaver Street kindergarten, report and statement concerning kitchen1920
Folder TitleDate
230 Gan yeladim ivri, kindergarten, lists of students, letters, miscellaneousellaneouscirca 1920
Folder TitleDate
231Lukishker kindergarten, requests for soap1921
Folder TitleDate
232Meficei Haskolah school and kitchen. Complaint against the Kehillah for not providing enough shoes for the students, lists of students, miscellaneousellaneous1916-early 1920s
Folder TitleDate
233Tevunah school, lists of studentsundated
Folder TitleDate
234Epstein elementary school, report about soap delivery, correspondence1920
Folder TitleDate
235Epstein school-kitchen, request to have a door repaired, list of children served by the kitchen, subsidy request form1920-1921
Folder TitleDate
236Toshiah school, list of orphans attending schoolundated
Folder TitleDate
237 Y.L. Peretz Folk School and orphanage, correspondence1920
Folder TitleDate
238 Talmud Torah orphanage and school, inspection form, receipts1919-1922
Folder TitleDate
239 H. Haskels, school, list of students1920
Folder TitleDate
240Elementary School for Girls, Tse’irei Tsiyon, (formerly Jewish Girls School ), Russian petition to the Jewish Communal Administration, correspondence 1918-1921
Folder TitleDate
241Devorah Kupershteyn girls’ folk-school, requests, list of classes1920-1921
Folder TitleDate
242 Yehudiah, school, list of classes 1920-1921
Folder TitleDate
243L. Gurvitch folk-school, salary lists, class schedule1920
Folder TitleDate
244Elementary School, Tse’irei Yisrael, list of students, letter1921
Folder TitleDate
245Toras Hayyim school , list of orphansundated
Folder TitleDate
246Pomocy Pracy (Hilf durkh arbet) school, petitions for wood, shoes1919
Folder TitleDate
247Antokol Street hederundated
Folder TitleDate
248Shaarei Torah, heder, lists of students, petition for shoes for the studentscirca 1920
Folder TitleDate
249Ramayles yeshiva-requests from teachers to be paid by the Kehillah, list of salariescirca 1920
Folder TitleDate
250 First Real Gymnasium, correspondence, lists of classes1920-1921
Folder TitleDate
251Girls Gymnasium, minutes of meeting, lists of students, correspondence1911-1922
Folder TitleDate
252Coeducational school, Shul Kult, monthly budget1928
Folder TitleDate
253YEKOPO Pedagogic Courses, correspondence1920
Folder TitleDate
254Y.L. Peretz evening school, letter1920
Folder TitleDate
255Mefitsei Haskolo Library, balance sheetundated
Folder TitleDate
276 School certificates1920-1930s

Subseries 9: Department of Public Health, 1922-1936

Scope and Content:

Records related to the Jewish Children’s hospital in Zwierzyniec.

Folder TitleDate
256Correspondence of the Children’s Hospital of the Vilna Kehillah (Child Section of the Obstetrics-Pediatric Hospital ), advertisement leaflets, letter from the Hospital administration too the plenary meeting of the Vilna Kehillah, memorandum about the Hospitalundated
Folder TitleDate
257 Fragments of medical texts in German and Polish, list of illnesses with which there were patients in the hospital in 19291930 1930
Folder TitleDate
258 Annual reports on movements of patients in the Vilna Children's Hospital (1922, 19271930); lists of patients (1923), inventories, transfer reports, missing supplies reports 1922-1930
Folder TitleDate
259 Szpital dla kobiet i dzieci. Wydzial dziecinny-Rachunek do Wydzialu Opieki Spolecznej Magistratu m. Wilno1924-1932
Folder TitleDate
260 Balance sheets of the children’s hospital, 1921-1932. List of parishoners (spisok prikhozhan). Petition to the German authorities on behalf of childcare institutionsundated
Folder TitleDate
261Children’s hospital, bills to health insurance funds (kasa chorych)1922-1932
Folder TitleDate
262 Blank invoices for hospital personnel' salaries; list of hospital's suppliers; Correspondence with the local authorities and other governmental institutions; lists of hospital personnel; correspondence with the medical workers' union; list of patients, sent by the doctors undated
Folder TitleDate
263Monthly budgets and balance sheets1920-1931
  

Included is an explanation to the budget (circa 1926)

 
Folder TitleDate
264Monthly food supply lists, Zwierzyniec hospital1927-1934
Folder TitleDate
265 Charity collections on behalf of the Zwierzhyniec Children’s Hospital (Kwesta uliczna)-lists of places in Vilna and collectors’ names, protocols of charity box openings, applications for financing to Vilna magistrate, applications for charity collecting, collection lists, protocols on lottery drawings 1923-1926
Folder TitleDate
266Correspondence of Zwierzyniec hospital with local authorities, list of personnel Correspondence of Zwierzyniec hospital with the magistrates of towns in eastern part of the Polish Republic 1927-1928
Folder TitleDate
267 Correspondence of Zwierzyniec hospital with Jewish communities and local authorities in Eastern Poland, with private persons, Polish Red Cross1927-1928
Folder TitleDate
268268. Correspondence with local authorities of eastern Polandundated
Folder TitleDate
269 268. Correspondence with local authorities of eastern Poland undated
Folder TitleDate
270Questionnaire of krankenkase, announcement circa 1924
Folder TitleDate
271 271. Zwierzyniec hospital, correspondence with kranken-kase of Vilna undated
Folder TitleDate
272 EKOPO's help List of items received, receipts on clothes, bills undated
Folder TitleDate
273Hospital's correspondence with TOZOZE undated
Folder TitleDate
274 Agenda of a conference on child care. Report on mortality in Vilna 1936

Subseries 10: Department of Production and Economy, 1919-1937

Scope and Content:

Records dealing with the maintenance of the Kehillah property, various aspects of economic life of the community, distribution of funds for the support of artisan workshops and cooperatives, distribution of firewood (Firewood Committee), subsidies for small enterprises and individual producers, supervision of vocational schools.

Folder TitleDate
275 Economic department resolutions. Joint meetings with educational department of the Kehillah undated
Folder TitleDate
276 School certificates undated
  

Removed to folder 254 A

 
Folder TitleDate
277Productive Help Section Reports 1919-1920
  

Included are list of buildings with maintenance expenses, letter of Dr. Makover to Kruk, reports of the Kehillah maintenance section, letter to maintenance section with a project of vocational education

 
Folder TitleDate
278Statistical report of the Productive Help Section, 1919-1920. Reports of the Production Help Section, 1919-1920. Monthly budget of the Production Help Section1919
Folder TitleDate
279Correspondence with Tseire Tsion bakery, Jewish Artisans’ Union, List of expenses of Technical committee of Productive Help Section, list of foremen of the Section’s productive cooperatives, correspondence with artisan unions, pay lists and bills of the productive cooperatives. Memorandum of students of Weliczany agricultural school undated
Folder TitleDate
280 Lists of loans distributed monthly, 1919-1920. List of handymen. Correspondence with the Jewish Savings Bank., 1919-1920. Balance sheets of Production Help Section, payroll lists1920-1923
Folder TitleDate
281Correspondence with Jewish Savings Bank, correspondence with Vilna branch of EKOPO, correspondence with the Jewish agricultural school in Weliczany, 1919. United Committee for productive help. Correspondence with Zavel’s Shul Vorstand d. Synagoge Germaise u. Lewinsohn, Blumenstr., 6), 1919. Correspondence with the Home for the Aged, 1919. Gaboim of the Alter Kloyz, 1919. Correspondence of the education section of Kehillah, correspondence with financial section of Kehillah. Medical council1919
Folder TitleDate
282Applications for aid1920-1921
Folder TitleDate
283Towarzystwo Szkol Zawodowych Pomocy Pracy , 1919-1921, 1938. Szkola Rolnicza i Ferma w Wilnie, 1920. Correspondence of Ts. Shabad with local German authorities1919-1921, 1938
Folder TitleDate
284 Protocol of inspection of the school Help Through Work, 1920. Balance sheet of Productive Help Section, 1919. Letter with expenses of the Help Trough Work Association1920
Folder TitleDate
285 Association of Medical and Food Aid Correspondence with German authorities, report on work of the Association of Medical and Food Aid clinic 1916-1917
Folder TitleDate
286Minutes of the economic committee meetings, 1920. Nutriton section, 19191919, 1920
Folder TitleDate
287 Nutrition section of the Economic committee Correspondence, inventories, circular letters 1919-1921
Folder TitleDate
288 Circular letters to Kehillah shops, 1919. Circular letters to Kehillah kitchens, 1919. Daily balance sheets from Kehillah shops and storehouses, 19171918. Invoices on potato shipments, 1919. Correspondence on Kehillah kitchens, 1919. List of shops, 1920. 1917-1920
Folder TitleDate
289 Reports of firewood committee Letter from timber and construction Workers Union to the Technical Section of the Kehillah; lists of recipients of firewood aid 1919-1920s
Folder TitleDate
290 Report of the economic/management section; request for soap from Dvoyra Kupershteyn School for Girls (1920); report on food supply for schools (1937) 1920, 1937
Folder TitleDate
291Correspondence of the Nutrition Section with Executive Committee of Kehillah employees. Appeals of shop employees to Executive Committee undated

Subseries 11. Department of Religious Affairs, 1912-1935

Scope and Content:

Correspondence of the Vaad ha-rabonim (Rabbinical Council)

Folder TitleDate
292 Vaad ha-rabonim, correspondence1919-1923
Folder TitleDate
293Vaad ha-rabonim, correspondence. Includes letter on behalf of an agunah whose husband immigrated to Canada1919-1923
Folder TitleDate
294 Vaad ha-rabonim, correspondence. Includes letter from R. Ch. O. Grodzienski1923
Folder TitleDate
295Vaad ha-rabonim, kesubos, birth and death certificates1912-1922
Folder TitleDate
296 Vaad ha-rabonim, proclamations concerning shabes1923-1924
Folder TitleDate
297 Vaad ha-raboinim, proclamations concerbing kashrus undated
Folder TitleDate
298Vaad ha-rabonim, proclamations regarding contributing or establishing various charitable organizations1919-1929
Folder TitleDate
299Vaad ha-rabonim, Vaad ha-yeshivot proclamationsundated
Folder TitleDate
300Vaad ha-rabonim, miscellaneousellaneous handbills and proclamations (including one in honor of the 200th birthday of R. Eliyahu of Vilna (the Vilna Gaon)1919-1935
Folder TitleDate
301Vaad ha-rabonim, Proclamations regarding the Polish state 1929
Folder TitleDate
302Rabbinic salaries1919
Folder TitleDate
303Rabbi J. Kahan, correspondence1920-1923
Folder TitleDate
304Rabbi J. Kahan, correspondence, 1919-1922, miscellaneous rabbinic correspondence1919-1922
Folder TitleDate
305Memorandum on the rabbinic question in Vilnacirca 1919-1920

Subseries 12. Department of Legal Affairs, 1902-1939

Scope and Content:

Issuing vital records, personal documents and residence permits: correspondence with state civil and military offices; representing victims of pogroms and other anti-Jewish acts.

Folder TitleDate
306Minutes of meetings of the Regulations Committee, summonses to the meetings 1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
307Birth certificates, registration cards undated
Folder TitleDate
308 Birth certificates undated
Folder TitleDate
309Marriage certificates, text of a ketuba in German undated
Folder TitleDate
310Personal identification documents1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
311 Correspondence with law enforcement, military and counterintelligence, petitions for issuing passports and residence permits undated
Folder TitleDate
312 Free passage permits, affidavits of wellintendedness, correspondence with police and gendarmerie authorities. Copies of temporary personal identification documents. Announcement for those having relatives in Russia 1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
313 Correspondence between juridical department and real estate department. Complain petitions about the persecutions by the Polish soldiers. Minutes of a meeting on violations against Jews in the time of issuing residence permits by the Polish authorities. Interventions of behalf of arrested Jews. Intervention stating property rights for the Zwierzyniec children's hospital. Circular letter of the Kehillah leadership. Records of convictions of Jews by various courts. Court appeals, appeals to judge of the peace. Death certificates. Photograph of three soldiers in Polish uniforms. Letters of authorization 1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
314 List of petitioners to the Juridical department and brief description of matters, 1920. Applications for replacement of the lost passports, free pass permits. Affidavits on identity of private persons. Letter from police administration of Vilna about its moving into the premises occupied by a Jewish school 1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
315 Petitions of the Jewish population of Polotsk about the repressions by the Polish military, and letter from security division of the LithuanianBelarusian Front. Petitions of private persons on behalf of their relatives, arrested by the Polish military authorities. Correspondence of the Juridical section with Polish police and gendarmerie authorities. Petition of Luzhki inhabitants about release of a Luzhki conscript to the Red army from the internment camp 1920
Folder TitleDate
316 Identification papers, affidavits of authentication (legitymacja)1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
317 Interventions on behalf of people arrested by the Polish military authorities. Affidavits of identity 1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
318 Court appeals, petitions to the Polish military authorities, affidavits of identity 1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
319Identity documents, interventions on behalf of the Jews arrested by the Polish military authorities. Affidavits of identity of Vilna Jewish inhabitants. Questionnaires about the arrested. Tseire Tsion of Vilna letter to the Vilna Kehillah undated
Folder TitleDate
320 Interventions by the Juridical Department on behalf of the arrested Vilna Jews, correspondence with the Polish authorities. Affidavits, identity documents undated
Folder TitleDate
321Lists of petitioners, petitions. List of handicapped. Akt notarialny 1939
Folder TitleDate
322 Identity documents of Kehillah employees (Bescheinigung) 1916
Folder TitleDate
323 Personal identification documents 1902-1929
Folder TitleDate
324 Petitions for replacement of lost documents. Identification papers, affidavits undated
Folder TitleDate
325Identity documents, affidavits of identity1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
326 Affidavits of "political reliability", identity papers 1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
327 Identity papers, affidavits. Declaration of intention 19191921
Folder TitleDate
328Identity documents, affidavits undated
Folder TitleDate
329Identity papers, political reliability affidavits1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
330Identity papers, political reliability affidavits1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
331Court summonses, verdicts, court appeals1920-1928
Folder TitleDate
332Minutes of meetings of Juridical committee undated
Folder TitleDate
333Payment summons undated
Folder TitleDate
334 Documents of reclamation committee. Taxation petitions 1932
Folder TitleDate
335Correspondence of the reclamation committee1932
Folder TitleDate
336Documents of reclamations committee1932
Folder TitleDate
337 Correspondence of reclamation committee (1932). Section for the Kehillah dues (1936-1939) 1932-1939
Folder TitleDate
338Juridical Committee1920
Folder TitleDate
339 Juridical committee. Correspondence with Polish authorities 1919
Folder TitleDate
340 Statements of victims of robberies and abuses during the pogrom by the Polish military 1919
Folder TitleDate
341 Statements of victims of robberies and abuses during the pogrom by the Polish military; forms in Yiddish 1919
Folder TitleDate
342 Doctors' statements on corporal damage to Jews; interventions on behalf of arrested Jews undated
Folder TitleDate
343 Lists of shops and enterprises, robbed by the Polish military, lists of people arrested, beaten and tortured by the Polish military undated
Folder TitleDate
344 List of apartments, robbed by the Polish military. Lists of people, robbed on the streets during pogrom. Letter from Kehillah leadership to general Szeptycki, commander of the LithuanianBelarusian Front 1919
Folder TitleDate
345 Statements of people robbed and abused by the Polish military undated
Folder TitleDate
346Statements of people robbed by the Polish military undated
Folder TitleDate
347 Juridical section. Evidence records about the crimes and abuses committed by the Polish military against the Jews undated
Folder TitleDate
348 Juridical section. Evidence records undated
Folder TitleDate
349 Statements of people robbed by the Polish military (on special forms in Yiddish) 1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
350 Statements about robberies, lists of robbed items, and the related documents undated
Folder TitleDate
350 ASearch forms for missing relatives1918
Folder TitleDate
372 Pogrom of the Polish military against Jews Fragment of a typewritten report contains lists of victims and of robbed property undated
Folder TitleDate
351 Statements on robberies, vandalism and abuses by the Polish military and civil persons 1919-1931
Folder TitleDate
352 Correspondence with the polish military authorities 1919-1920
Folder TitleDate
353 Memorandum of the Vilna Kehillah to the Polish authorities1919 May 12
Folder TitleDate
184 Food requisitions by Polish military authorities1919

Subseries 13. Department of Nutrition, 1896-1928

Scope and Content:

Documents related to the efforts of the Kehillah to provide nutrition to the needy Jewish population of Vilna.

Folder TitleDate
354354. Correspondence of the EKOPO committee in Vilna, Vilna Teachers’ Union, Orphans’ committee and Vaad ha-Yeshives undated
Folder TitleDate
355Food section of the Kehillah1917-1923
Folder TitleDate
356Materials of free kitchens of the Tsedakah Gedolah 1896-1918
Folder TitleDate
357Materials of the Control committee of the Ts.G. (Central Committee) 1915-1916
Folder TitleDate
358Search forms for missing relativescirca 1915-1918
  

Removed to Folder 350a

 
Folder TitleDate
359Materials of free kitchens board, management section of the Tsedakah Gedolah 1902-1916
Folder TitleDate
360 360. Summonses to the Tsedakah Gedolah central committee meetings, map of a Jewish relief society chapter’s responsibility area in Vilna undated
  

Removed to Folder 142 A

 
Folder TitleDate
361 Free kitchens at the Jewish educational institutions in Vilna 1916-1920
Folder TitleDate
362 Free kitchens for the poor Jews in Vilna Correspondence. Memorandum of Vilna authorities on food supply of the city (April 1915). Apawieszczennie (dziela padtrymannia ladu u narodnych strauniach)/Skelbimas (del uzlaikymo tvarkos liaudies valgyklose) (September 13, 1917) 1903-1917
Folder TitleDate
363 Jewish Relief Organization. Central Committee Correspondence, minutes 1919
Folder TitleDate
364 Free kitchens Monthly reports on the use of foodstuffs undated
Folder TitleDate
365Committee for Affordable Apartments Minutes1898
  

Removed to Folder 177 A

 
Folder TitleDate
366Notary note, bank loan default notes undated
Folder TitleDate
367 Central committee of the Vilna Jewish public institutions. Control section undated
Folder TitleDate
368Shoe committee1917
Folder TitleDate
369 Notarized copy of the Vilna Governor’s permission to open a reading room of Strashun library1902
Folder TitleDate
370Registration books of Zwierzyniec hospital 1926-1928
Folder TitleDate
371 Central Committee Correspondence; Milk Committee; Women's school 1916-1922
Folder TitleDate
372 Pogrom of the Polish military against Jews –Fragment of a typewritten report, contains lists of victims and of robbed property undated
  

Removed to Folder 350 A

 
Folder TitleDate
373 List of charitable organizations in Vilna undated
Folder TitleDate
374 School kitchens Free meals ration cards, OPE materials undated
Folder TitleDate
375 Children's section of the OPE (Mefitsei Haskole) Documentation on the school kitchens run by OPE. Invitations to OPE meetings with the meetings' agendas 1911-1918
Folder TitleDate
376 Poster of a fundraising concert for the workers' kitchens, minutes of the committee for poor Jews' relief on free kitchens undated
Folder TitleDate
377 Bylaws and orders of the German occupation authorities on distribution of food and on school and medical system undated
Folder TitleDate
378 Keren Kayemet Purim invitation, letters in Hebrew undated
Folder TitleDate
379Invitation cards undated
Folder TitleDate
380 Materials of the German authorities in Vilna (Oberbuergermeister, Polizeiverwaltung, Stadthauptmann), 1915-1917. Memorandum on the national composition of the Vilna area1915-1917
Folder TitleDate
381 Advertisements of Vilna enterprises; Pochodnia. Dwutygodnik, poswiecony sprawom oswiaty, nauki i sztuki. Wyd. Ludowego Komisarjatu Oswiaty Litwy i Bialorusi 1919 March 16
Folder TitleDate
382Ration cards for Vilna residents1916-1919
Folder TitleDate
383Summonses and announcements of the Vilna German authorities 1916-1918
Folder TitleDate
384Hilfsverein der Deutschen Juden 1916-1918
Folder TitleDate
385 Documents of German army rabbis1916-1917
  

Removed to Folder 105 A

 
Folder TitleDate
386 Statute of the VilnaKaunas citizens' committee, announcement of the Council of the Confederation of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania undated
Folder TitleDate
387Banking documents, varia undated
Folder TitleDate
388Tymczasowa Komisja Rzadzaca Litwy Srodkowej 1921
Folder TitleDate
389Appeal of Tsedaka Gdolah 1914
Folder TitleDate
390 Tsedaka Gdolah Book of expenditures (1906-1907). List of share depositors in a Vilna bank (1915) 1906-1907, 1915
Folder TitleDate
391 List of the Jewish residents on Wielka and Pilsudski streets in Vilna undated
Folder TitleDate
392 German authorities in Vilna Certificates, receipts undated
Folder TitleDate
393 Appeals to Vilna residents from Polish Independence block, German authorities (1915); Bieletyn Wilenski Number 25, 1918 1915, 1918
Folder TitleDate
394Balance books, obituary for Dr. Makower, announcements of Labour relief society (Trudovaia pomoshch, Hilf durkh arbet) 1914-1928
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395Vilna city council case on covering the deficit of the Vilna Jewish hospital and construction of a new building, 1907. Vilna pristav’s office on Khaia Volokhanskaia, 1913-19141907, 1913-1914
  

Removed to Folder 37 A

 

Subseries 14: Jewish Refugee Relief Committee, 1939-1940

Scope and Content:

Documents relating to aid to the refugees from the Polish territories occupied by Germany after September 1, 1939.

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396 Reports of the Vilna refugee feeding site (Bashpaizungs-punkt) on 37 Subocz St.1940
  

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396 A Reports of the Vilna refugee feeding site (Bashpaizungs-punkt) on 15 Zawalna Street 1940
  

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397 Letter to the Committee for Jewish Students Aid, concerning clothes for refugees 1939
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398Minutes of the Coordinating committee of the refugee relief organizations 1939 December-1940 February
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399 Lithuanian legislation on refugees and related materials 1939-1940
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400 Statute of the Jewish war refugees relief fund Ezrath Pleitim; correspondence with the Commissar for the war refugees in Lithuania 1940
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401Materials of the Jewish war refugees relief fund, 1939-1940. Addresses of the hostels and free kitchens for the war refugees, 1939. List of refugees receiving food at free kitchens1939-1940
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402Requests of the Jewish refugee relief committee 1939
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403Lists of Jewish refugees in Lithuania1939-1940
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404Correspondence of the Jewish refugee relief committee 1939-1940
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405Refugee registration forms undated
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406Free kitchens' order forms for food stuff supplies undated
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407Reisenburg internment camp pass1939
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408Refugee registration cards undated
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409 Jewish refugee committee correspondence (ORT, HIAS) 1939-1940
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410 Letterheads and forms of various Vilna Jewish organizations undated
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411 Blank forms of various Jewish organizations, ration cards undated
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412Blank questionnaire forms undated
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413 List of Khevra kadishe/ Bikur kholim’s pinkasim from several towns, given to the YIVO Archive (Sokółka, Turisk, Białystok, Włocławek, Kutno, Lutomiersk, Siedlce; Romania). Handwritten note on pinkasim from Zoludek and Raków. List of the part of pinkasim “that were in the Historical and Ethnographic Society-Vilna” undated
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414 Committee for the Jewish refugee relief documentation of resident premises under the supervision of the committee 1939-1940
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415Resident cards, resident help reports1939-1940
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416Jewish refugee relief committee. Housing section1940
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417 Materials on the Lithuanian citizenship regulation, memorandum of the Vilna Kehillah chairman J. Wygodski, list of Vilna Jewish lawyers, letter from Mykolas Roemeris undated
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418 International cables of the Jewish refugees in Vilna, letter of Wygodski to the NewcastleuponTyne Jewish community, Dec. 1939. Letter from Z. Kalmanowicz of YIVO on behalf of a YIVO member's (Dr. Sonnabend, Johannesburg) relative 1939
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419 List of Kolel roshei-yeshoivoth Beith-Joseph , Yeshiva Khofets-Hayim. Requests for clothes undated
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420 Textbook requests, order lists of books in Yiddish undated
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Series III. miscellaneousellaneous Materials, 1919-1936

Yiddish, Russian.
Scope and Content:

This series include documents that are not clearly related to previous series, but most likely belong to the Vilna community council collection. They include, among others, Vilna orphans’ court decisions, resolutions of the Vilna court of arbitration, miscellaneousellaneous correspondence, memorandum “On the abolition of the Pale of Jewish settlement and economic situation of Jews in Vilna gubernia”. There are also some paper clippings and accidental documents that belonged to the S. Ansky Society.

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422Miscellaneous correspondence 1919-1936
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423Vilna orphans’ court. Plenipotencja, Regulations about obtaining Polish citizenshipundated
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424 Memorandum “On the abolition of the Pale of Jewish settlement and economic situation of Jews in the Vilna guberniaundated
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425 Miscellaneous lists of names with Vilna addresses, in Yiddish and Russian.undated
  Yiddish, Russian   
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426 Insurance certificates 1917-1929
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427 Resolution of the arbitration court in the conflict between P. Kagan and E. Yakobson regarding conditions in the Kagan School 1908
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428Extract from family-by-family list of the Naliboki Jewish community, and Malaty Jewish community (Ida Kvas) 1874, 1905
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429 An-ski Society income book (with glued together pages in Russian on reports about boards for coffins and textile for shrouds) 1921-1923
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430 Materials related to the Vilna Gaon prayer house and other religious institutions in Vilnaundated
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431Mmiscellaneous materials (Announcements, fragments, letter to architect D. Rozenhoyz about his 3 sculptures in An-ski Museum; fragment of a Minsk prayer house donation book, 1909; Minutes of the Russian-Lithuanian Committee on Rstitution of Cultural Objects, July 19211909, 1921 July
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115Kehillah elections-lists of candidates and voting stations 1918
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297Announcements of the Vilna rabbinic authorities on kashruthundated
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432Agreements on purchase of forests by mearchants Israel and Kasriel Sheyniuk 1880-1895, 1900-1902
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396Weekly reports of the refugee feeding station on 37 Subocz Street 1940
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396 AWeekly reports of the refugee feeding station on 15 Zawalna Street 1940
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433Mmiscellaneous financial reports 1925-1932
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434Miscellaneous oversize materials: financial statements, budgetsundated
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435 List of Khevra kadishe/ Bikur kholim’s pinkasim from several towns, given to the YIVO (?) Archive (Sokółka, Turisk, Białystok, Włocławek, Kutno, Lutomiersk, Siedlce; Romania). Handwritten note on pinkasim from Zoludek and Raków. List of the part of pinkasim “that were in the Historical and Ethnographic Society-Vilna” (Removed from Folder 413)undated
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436Minutes of the Society of Lovers of Jewish Antiquities undated
  

Removed from folder 66

 
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