The Canadian Histadrut campaign started its activities in 1924 as an affiliate of the National Committee for Labor Israel (American Histadrut Campaign). In February 1942, the National Canadian Histadrut Convention took place in Montreal, at which time application was made for a charter from the Canadian government. In February 1943, the charter was granted. In recent years, the main objective of the Canadian Association for Labor Israel has been the raising of funds to assist Histadrut in Israel in its rehabilitation programs and the settling and integration of the newly arrived immigrants in Israel. The funds collected meet the needs of the many newcomers to Israel, from Africa, Asia and the former Soviet Union. As the majority of the immigrants to Israel since 1945 have arrived with little or no material assets, it devolves upon the people of Israel to see that they are properly received; that their medical needs are looked after; that suitable occupations and trades are found for all able-bodied males and females; that they receive the necessary training and schooling to become absorbed into the economy of the country; and that education and training be provided for growing adolescents and skilled adults. A vital component of Histadrut is the Canadian Friends of AMAL. Its sole aim is to encourage and develop vocational education in the numerous school devoted to that purpose in Israel. This is done by the raising of funds to provide scholarships for poor children. The AMAL schools, dotted throughout Israel, provide an opportunity for needy children to obtain a comprehensive vocational and high school education, whereby on graduation they are skilled in one of over one hundred different trades. The Histadrut (Israel's trade union) movement has assumed a large responsibility for housing, health, vocational training, old-age security, as well as cultural activities and the financing of industrial and agricultural developments
The collection is on permanent loan from the Jewish Public Library of Montreal. It was transferred to the archives in 2001
English and Yiddish.The finding aid was compiled by Beverly & Eiran Harris for the Jewish Public Library of Montreal.The administrative history is taken from the finding aid from the JPL.
YARMOUTH: Press clippings on 1946 Maritime Zionist Conference, etc.; correspondence; United Jewish Refugee and War Relief Agencies 1940 news bulletin; Canadian Jewish Congress bulletin items on Hubert Lynch
Resolutions (1924, 1964). Minutes (1925-1926, 1941, 1943, 1945, 1948). Reports (1956, 1961). Financial reports (1923-1954 with gaps). Contributions list (1913-1920). Rules for delegates (1935). Correspondence (1923, 1930, 1938-1943, 1948, 1973, e/y). Bulletins (1937, 1941, 1943-1944, 1948-1959, 1966, 1970-1975, 1978). Press releases (1944, 1954, 1964, 1970, 1972). Film catalogues. Conference/convention information (1954-1955, 1958, 1964). Publications (1929, 1938, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1950, 1954). Guide (1976). Memo (1945). Cables to Colonial secretary (1938). Hebrew University information (1925). Lecture notes (1947, 1952). Pamphlets (1930, 1939, 1948, 1958, 1976, 1978). Interview (1944). Herzl and Ben Yehuda cards. Fundraising information (1930s-1970s). Invitations. Flyers. Meeting information. Clippings (1925-1976, with gaps).
The first Canadian Zionist society was founded in Montreal in 1898. The Federation of Zionist Societies of Canada, an umbrella organization for it and other Canadian groups, was created in 1899, later to become the Zionist Organization of Canada (1925) and then the Canadian Zionist Federation (1967). The Zionist Organization of Canada/CZF coordinates the Zionist societies across Canada, and sponsors the Jewish National Fund and Keren Hayesod. Their affiliate groups have included Habonim, Young Judea and Hadassah. The Zionist Organization of Canada/CZF runs conventions, sends delegates to the World Zionist Convention, promotes aliyah, trips to Israel, lectures, pro-Israel rallies and other such events, releases informational publications, and has many educational programs and materials.