The first kloyz in Vilnius – the Old Kloyz in the shulhoyf – most probably appeared soon after the construction of the Great Synagogue in 1633. During the 18th-century new kloyzn were established by various religious and professional associations, as well as by private individuals. In 1729 the Vilnius kahal transferred the right of giving permissions for the establishment of private minyanim to the Tsdakah Gdolah (Great Charity) Association, the main communal organization responsible for social welfare.
During the inspiring international conference we had in September 2017, where the issue of the Great Vilna Synagogue site presentation was raised and discussed widely, the idea of creating an intellectual center based on the history of the site for humanistic ideas to be promoted, was born and widely approved.
We were so happy to receive the acknowledgement from the Vilnius city Mayor, addressed to the Litvak World organisation.
But in fact, it goes to all of you, our dear friends, who had contributed to the international conference on the Great Synagogue of Vilna commemoration. Thank you!