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Illustration no. 30: Report of Dr. N. Goldman, Geneva, regarding a conversation with the Romanian Foreign Minister Comnene in the matter of permits for halutzim training

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Illustration no. 31: Letter from Dr. N. Goldman, Geneva to Eliyahu Dobkin on negotiations with the Deputy Forein Minister of Romania for halutzim training permits

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Chronology of He–Halutz

Agricultural training groups organized by Tzeirei Zion from Kishinev and National Youth from Soroca (majority came from Ataki and Mogilev) in Dumbraveni

Agricultural training locations established in Faleshti, Capreshti and Calarashi

Nissan: Special Committee of the Popular Zionist Tzeirei–Zion faction in Kishinev for immigration
Iyar: Discussions on founding an independent Halutz organization at the First Zionist Congress in Kishinev
Elul: Decision of the executive of Tzeirei Zion in Jassy to establish the He–Halutz organization
Establishment of the training farms in Orgheiev and Bender
Summer: Arrival of first refugee group from the Ukraine
August 5, 1920: Approval of the Bylaws of the He–Halutz Organization and legal recognition by the Kishinev tribunal
He–Halutz Houses founded in Kishinev, Orgheiev, Soroca, Bricheva, etc.

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Tishrei: Meeting of the He–Halutz Council with the participation of Yitzchak Kaspi and Chaim Shorer from Ha–Poel Ha–Tzair. Election of the First Executive Committee (provisional)
First group of halutzim from Russia, Ukraine and some from Bessarabia immigrated to Eretz Israel
Small groups from Orgheiev, Ataki, Akkerman, Bender, Faleshti, Capreshti, etc. immigrated

January: He–Halutz House opens in Galatz
Dr. Landman, Secretary of the Zionist Federation of London comes to Kishinev to organize the immigration of halutzim
Training farm established in Capreshti
First Congress of the He–Halutz held in Kishinev on 26–28 Sivan 5681 (2–4 July, 1921) with the participation of Yitzchak Kaspi and Chaim Shorer
Unification of the Chernovitz and Kishinev Centres into one Romanian Centre with the headquarters in Kishinev

First Council held in Kishinev on 24–28 Shvat (24–26 February 1922). Establishment of He–Halutz Week on Passover for fundraising and for assisting the He–Halutz and the Friends of He–Halutz

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Training farms established in Kishinev, Leova and Rogojeni
Training workshops established in Galatz, Edinetz, Chernovitz, Calarashi, Kishinev

Second Congress of He–Halutz held in Kishinev on 1–6 Kislev 5683 (21–26 November) with the participation of Zeev Feinshtein (Nesher–Shefer) from the Histadrut (Labour Federation) Executive

He–Halutz delegation (Joseph Barpal, Leib Glantz, Dov Tabachnik and Yitzchak Rosenberg) participated at the Second International He–Halutz Congress in Berlin – 24–29 Adar (11–16 March)
Dov Tabachnik participated at the International Plenum Council of He–Halutz on August 1923 in Berlin

Second Congress (Kishinev?) 20–23 Kislev (28 November – 1 December). Two members of the executive were approved for Aliyah: Nachman Cohen (Tardion) and Yacov Reznik. They were replaced by Dov Perlmuter and Dov Aizirer.

Spring: Expansion of the farm in Rogojeni to 91 hectares and closure of the farm in Leova and Capreshti
May – June: Second Congress held in Kishinev?

Tishrei: Information campaign by Joseph Baratz at training locations in Kishinev, Chernovitz, Novoselitza, Beltz, Rogojeni, Soroca
Fall: Purchase of the Bilicheni Farm. Closure of the farm in Rogojeni

January: Shimshon Shechter took over the management of He–Halutz from Joseph Barpal (made Aliyah)
Congress of the Zionist Youth held in Kishinev on 8 January. Brit Ha–Noar (the Youth Union) established
Publication of Alim (Leaves), an internal publication; Published every 2–3 months; The last issues consulted by the author – no. 31 July 1930 and no.7 of May 1933
Dov Tabachnik, one of the founders of the Halutz movement in Bessarabia, hachshara trainer and member of the central committee immigrated on 11 February with Group 23
April: Opening of the farm in Jassy
August: Leib Glantz participated at the Fourth International He–Halutz Congress in Vienna

Fourth He–Halutz Congress is held in Bilicheni on 4–8 Tishrei (22–29 September 1925) with the participation of Sh. Givoni (Kfar Giladi), Lenkovsky (Kibbutz Shomer Ha–Tzair), I. Frumkin (Degania Bet) and Sh. Shapira and Yitzchak Nusenboim (Ben Aharon) from the He–Halutz executive. Also participated delegates from A.T. S. (Association of Zionist Youth) from Romania, Maccabi Kishinev, Ha–Techiyah

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Publication of Ha–Noar (Youth), monthly, edited by Sh. Givoni; Only 4 issues published; Joseph Barpal immigrated

Third Council meeting in Jassy on 16 Shvat (31 January) with the participation of Frumkin (Degania Bet)
Y. Nusenboim, I. Frumkin, and Sh. Schechter participated at the Third International Congress of He–Halutz in Danzig
Y. Nusenmboim elected to the Congress Secretariat
First Maccabi Branch training location opened near Kishinev
Fourth Council held in Bilicheni on 12–13 July

Fifth Council met in Jassy 14–15 Heshvan (22–23 October) with the participation of I. Frumkin and M. Tartakov (from Eretz Israel)

Y. Nusenboim (Ben Aharon) was approved for Aliyah together with the group Kibbutz Gimel of the Shomer Ha–Tzair, Romania.
A meeting of specialists took place in Jassy on 12–13 Adar I (14–15 February) in order to improve the technology at the Jassy and Bilicheni farms. Participated: I. Frumkin and M. Tartakov from Eretz Israel
Sixth Council (Plenary meeting) held on 8–9 March to approve budgets for Bilicheni and Jassy farms
Frumkin returned to Eretz Israel. D. Perlmuter and A. Zemura immigrated
May: Eliezer Kaplan visited the Jassy farm

November: Dr. Chaim Weitzmann visited the Jassy farm

Fifth Congress is held in Jassy on 7–10 Shvat (28 January – 1 February) with the participation of M. Tartakov, Zeev Feinshtein (Shefer) and Chaim Shorer
Recognition of Gordonia and He–Halutz Ha–Tzair
The Farm in Bilicheni closed due to the cholera epidemic. A new farm is open nearby and named Massada
Special Council is held in Jassy 14–15 Adar (6–7 March) to deal with items not discussed at the last regular council – financing the Massada farm, continuation of work at the Jassy farm and approval of the budget
Festivals for the Lag B'Omer holiday (26 May) sponsored by the Keren Kayemet take place in Kishinev, on the Massada farm (near Beltz). Organized trips by youth and school students on 26 May and a large assembly organized in Beltz

The Seventh Council met in Jassy on 2–4 Tevet (15–17 December) with the participation of I. Fernson and Akiva Goldshtein (Goshen)

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Candidates for immigration with permits from the winter Schedule met at the end of the meeting
Specialists meeting on 26 December: with the director of the Bilicheni farm, Agronomist Tenenhoiser, the director of the Jassy farm, Agronomist Yitzchak Bronfman, Agronomist Chaim Feigin from ORT and Akiva Goldshtein and members of Friends of He–Halutz

January 17: 57 male and 51 female halutzim from Group 33 from Poland and Galicia immigrated, this being the first group to break the immigration blockade
First Halutzim Seminar opened in Kishinev, 28 Adar I. Participants from all factions attended for three weeks and participated at 67 lectures and 18 discussions
Beitar joined He–Halutz – its members went to Hachshara
Eighth Council took place at Massada on 15–16 Av, with the participation of Akiva Goldshtein (Goshen) and Zeev Meshi
Halutzim from Shomer Ha–Tzair met during the Eight Council in order to start up Kibbutz Aliyah Aleph from Romania (now Shaar Ha–Amakim)
The brochure “In die Blutiege Teg” (In these bloody days) is published by Tzeirei Zion and He–Halutz

“Palestinian Branch” of Maccabi decided to direct the training of their members towards He–Halutz (26–27 October)
Preparation groups of He–Halutz are set up to attract the national youth and to prepare them physically and emotionally for work and family life
Aharon Cohen leads the Aliyah group of Shomer Ha–Tzair

Nineth Council took place in Jassy on 17–18 Shvat (15–16 February) with the participation with Zeev Bloch, Moshe Shoshani and Dov Shafrir from Eretz Israel
Gordonia members met in Jassy during the Nineth Council in order to set up the Kibbutz Aliyah Aleph from Romania

A delegation of 13 members (7 from Besarabia and 6 from the rest of Romania) participated at the Labour Congress in Berlin (27 September– 1 October)
A delegation of 4 members participated at the International Ha–Halutz Congress in Berlin (Heshvan – 2–5 October)

The Sixth Congress of He–Halutz took place in Chernovitz, 7–11 Shvat (25–29 January) with the participation of Zeev Bloch and Dov Shafrir
Beitar decided to leave He–Halutz ; Shimshon Shechter immigrated after serving 7 years as Executive Director of He–Halutz
Poalei Zion established an agricultural training group near Orgheiev
The Tenth Council met in Jassy[1]

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on 12–13 (29–30 August) with the participation of Dov Frank and Dov Shafrir
Joseph Finkelshtein and Ben–Zion Harar from the Executive Committee received approval for immigration; they were replaced by Niusya Fridel (Natan Peled) and Chaim (Munchik) Fuks

Eleventh Council[2] met in Kishinev on 7–8 Sivan 5692 (11–12 June) with the participation of Dov Frank and Peretz Salpeter
The Hedquarters of He–Halutz is moved to Bucharest (1 September)

Spring: The largest number of youth joined the hachshara: General He–Halutz had 46 training locations that accommodated 1,532 members (about 33 memebrs for each location)
According to the survey of 15 July 1933, the membership numbered 8,200 people

Ha–Shomer Ha–Tzair and Gordonia sign an agreement of equality (paritetic) in the He–Halutz movement
January: The Seventh Congress took place in Kishinev with the participation of Secretary of International He–Halutz, Z. Feinshtein (Shefer) and representatives from Eretz Israel – I. Givoni, B. Gafni, M. Horvitz. A. Cohen, Z. Meshi and M. Shadmi
Ha–Oved (the Worker) organization was established
Publication of the monthly journal “Leket” (Collection of articles from the Hebrew and Yiddish press). Last issue consulted by the author was issue 8 from September 1934

An agreement was signed by the factions regarding the distribution of permits. A new publication “Information Bulletin” was published to replace “Leket”
Ha–Oved held the first Council in Beltz (27 April) with the participation of 76 delegates from 42 branches
Beitar protested the method of permits distribution by storming the offices of Gordonia in Chernovitz and Bucharest and Ha–Shomer Ha–Tzair offices in Jassy
Training farms established near Jassy, Massada, near the Youth Orphanage in Kishinev, Galatz near the Community Centre, in Bucharest at Floreasca, in Hatzeg and in Zastawna in Bucovina
The survey of August shows 2,397 members on 45 locations about 53 people per location. The number of halutzim reached 10,000
The other factions of He–Halutz (General Zionists, Tzeirei Mizrachi, Jewish State, Agudat Israel) numbered 1,707 members in 63 locations (27 people per location)

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Organization of the Urban branches for the summer

The winter training session numbers 27 groups (18 in the previous year)
Urban ranches reached 60 centres

The Twelfth Council took place on 11–12 Tevet (6–8 January) in Bucharest
Beitar stopped participating in training

Agreement signed by Shomer Ha–Tzair, Gordonia and the Halutz Union of Poalei Zion to cooperate within He–Halutz organizations

The Eighth Congress took place in Kishinev of 20–24 February with the participation of L. Greenblat, A.R. Meier, I. Margalit, I. Finkelshein I. Klavir, M. Rolel and A. Shemi
Publication of “Shorashim” (Roots), a monthly for culture with a Yiddish supplement
The Thirteenth Council took place in Bucharest on 4–5 Tamuz (13–14 June)

The Romanian dictatorial government orders to close He–Halutz and all the training locations
The hachshara continued in the summer under the name of Immigration Hachshara
Summer camps were opened with Romanian government instructors

Aliyah Bet organized in Romanian ports

The illegal immigration (Aliyah Bet) is growing through the Romanian ports on the Danube and the Black Sea

Illegal Immigration is halted because of the start of WWII (1September 1939)

The illegal immigration continues in very difficult conditions during the war


  1. The numbering of the Council was not mentioned in any of the materials the author consulted Return
  2. In some documents it was number 9 – which is not correct, because the Council on Shvat 5690 was the nineth. On Elul 5691 there was another Council which was not numbered Return


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