Correspondence (1970s). Bulletins (1963-1979, with gaps). Campaign correspondence (1960s-1990s) and pamphlets (e/y). Information pamphlets. Convention booklets (1948-1968, with gaps). Histadrut calendar (1980). Invitations and souvenir programs. Clippings (1940-1941, 1985-1988, e/y).
History / Biographical
The Histadrut was established in 1920 in Israel, and in Canada (with a Montreal branch) in 1943. The Canadian Histadrut raises funds for the Israeli-run programs and services. These include the settling and integration of new immigrants (and the sending of Canadian goods to them), the building and running of AMAL trade schools, children's villages, libraries, sports and cultural centres (mostly for youth), educational programs, scholarships and the promotion of the arts. The Histadrut's Kupat Holim deals with Israelis' health and welfare through retirement communities, hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and nursing schools. The Histadrut also looks after religious needs (sending Torah scrolls to communities, for example), and operates an Afro-Asian Institute, where people from developing countries can study in Israel. Montreal organizations, including trade unions, businessmen's councils, and landsmanschaften, all raise funds for the Histadrut.