Rabbi Kalev Krelin, appointed the Gaon’s successor by the Lithuanian Jewish Community and himself a rabbi of the Litvak Mitnagdim persuasion, began his acquaintance with the regional Lithuanian Jewish communities with a trip to Klaipėda. Klaipėda Jewish Community chairman Feliks Puzemskij presented the rabbi to the audience and called for a continuation of work begun in Lithuania. The rabbi told them about himself and learned of the aspirations and problems in the small Jewish community. Rabbi Krelin shared his insights and later prayed with the congregation. The rabbi left a good impression upon the entire community with the clear explanations of his thinking he provided and his patent goodwill.