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Info: A compatriot organization comprised of former citizens of Czechoslovakia.
The chairman: Nathan Steiner the Honorary Consul of Slovakia.
Organization has 4000 registered members, half of which today's SR, the remainder is made up of CR and former inhabitants of Carpathian Ruthenia. In total it is estimated that 8000 live in Israel, former citizens of Czechoslovakia, counting family members who are already born in the state of Israel.
Organization was founded in 1934 as an association of emigrants from Czechoslovakia, it transformed itself several times and changed the name. In 1988 it became Hitachdut umbrella organization of six branches, of which nowadays due to natural decrease is served by three original branches - in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa. The main activity of Hitachdut consists of organizing cultural events and lectures as well as film screenings.
Hitachdut also organizes regular meetings with foreign authorities of Czech Republic and Slovakia and the ambassadors of both countries to learn about the development of relations and cooperation of CR and SR with Israel. It organizes annual memorial commemoration ceremony in Jerusalem mountains, to the memory of murdered Jews in Czechoslovakia in WW II.
Further focus its work is humanitarian, namely aid for elderly and lonely countrymen, either in financial or social level. Hitachdut also organize collections for student scholarships from the SR and CR coming to study in Israel. Also provides contact with the Jewish religious communities in the CR and also as the Slovak and Czech Jewish organizations in the world. Hitachdut also, if required supports the restoration of Jewish cemeteries, or laying memorial boards at various locations in CR and SR.
For those interested in literature, the association holds a private collection of publications on subject of Jewish history, biographies dealing with the testimonies of suffering and survival, and important personal documents originating from Czechoslovakia.