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Association of Former Residents of China in Israel

The history of Jews of the Jewish communities in China would have been incomplete were it not for its Post Scriptum: The story and the activity of Igud Yotzei Sin - The Association of Former Residents of China in Israel is a unique phenomenon. It is unique amongst dozens of other landsmanschaft organizations of Jews arriving in Israel from all over the world. 

Igud Yotzei Sin maintains a head office in Israel, with branches in the United States and Australia. It is an active organization that binds the traditions of the past history of the community in China with  the present needs of the communities in Israel, the US and Australia and continues the traditions established in China namely assistance to students, senior citizens and the distribution of the Bulletin that desiminates information on past and present lives of the former residents of China.

                         

Teddy Kaufman

Chairman 1972-2012
 

Leo Piastunovich

Chairman 1951-1952

 

Boris Kotz

Chairman 1953-1971

Mission statement as registered with the Israeli government

Association number 580030666 - Igud Yotzei Sin (Association of Former Residents of China)

1. To organize all former residents of China in the State of Israel for mutual assistance and cooperation in all fields of the Israel culture and society.

2. To keep contact with all former residents of China in Israel and abroad. For this purpose, we issue the Bulletin bianually. This is a very important function in keeping the various groups informed of what is happening worldwide.

3. Foster and preserve the legacy of generations of Jews in China

4. In addition the association provides annual scholarships to about 110 students (1st university degree to students attending higher education insitutions).

5. Provide monetary assistance to between 60-70 elderly residents to supplement their social security income.

6. All moneys are from donations. We do not receive any support from the government.

7. All activities are carried out by volunteers who do not receive any remuneration.

The history of Jews of the Jewish communities in China would have been incomplete were it not for its Post Scriptum: The story and the activity of Igud Yotzei Sin (Igud) - Association of Former Residents of China in Israel is a unique phenomenon. It is unique amongst dozens of other landsmanschaft organizations of Jews coming to Israel from all over the world. It is unique because Igud Yotzei Sin in Israel, and in other countries, maintains a vibrant and active organization that binds the traditions of the past with present the present needs of the community and continues the traditions established in China.

It is true that the first chapters of the history of the former Jewish communities of China were written relatively recently - just over a century ago - but Igud Yotzei Sin ensures that the history continues to be written to the present day.

It is of utter importance that Jews - former residents of China and their descendants all over the world, and all those interested in our activities should know about this many-faceted effort of Igud Yotzei Sin.

To achieve this goal we have established a website dedicated to preserving the past history (of the modern age) and at the same time serve as a repository of records of current activities and a place where surfers can access historical data and all this in addition to the Bulletin that continues to be published twice a year.

The Igud is staffed by volunteers who contribute their time to the running of the organization. Income is derived from much needed donations.

Annual activities consist of:

  • Providing much needed monetary assistance to elderly former residents of China living in Israel. This assistance often means the difference between purchasing medication or going without. As of this writing some 60 single persons and married couples are being helped.
  • The distribution of scholarships to descendants (second and third generation) of former residents of China who attend recognized institutions of higher learning studying for their first degree (some 90-100 students annually).
  • Providing scholarships to Chinese students studying in Israel, who do not receive scholarships from China. These students attend classes in Agriculture, Jewish History, Social Sciences etc. (some 10-12 students annually).

The scholarships are funded by family trusts established by former residents of China and individual donations

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