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THE OPERATION OF THE COMMITTEE AND
THE LOAN FUND
Before the end of World War II and immediately afterwards,
several residents of Israel,
émigrés from Vladimirets, began assistance activities for the
remnants and survivors from our town who had succeeded in
arriving at safe locations, such as
Russia, Italy, Cyprus and more.In a general meeting that was held, it was decided to
make a collection among the émigrés from Vladimirets in Israel, for the purpose of assisting the
survivors who were abroad, as well as those who had then already
begun to arrive in Israel.
With the money that was collected in
Israel, along with money that was sent from
from Detroit, Washington, and other places, an Assistance
and Loan Fund was established.Among the first people who were active in establishing
and managing this Fund was Knesset Member Eliezer Shostak, who
served as Chairman of the Committee until the arrival of Sender
Tscherniak from America.The other members were Penina Tscherniak, David Burko,
Dov Chizi, Eliyahu Garmarnik and Chaim Schwartzberg.Member Sender Tscherniak served throughout all the years
as the contact between the Committees in America and the
Israeli Committee, and he constitutes the living spirit of the
operation of the Fund and the Committee.
The purpose of the Fund at first was to give monetary grants to
the new immigrants who had just arrived in the Land.The amount of the grant depended upon the situation of
the family and its size.Loans were also given.After a time, with the increase and broadening of the
Fund's activities, it also began to give loans and grants to
those people from Vladimirets who had been in Israel for some
time who needed this assistance.In addition, care packages were sent to our friends in
Cyprus and Poland.
Small deductions, such as fees, which were deducted from the
loans, paid the on-going costs of the Loan Fund, as did the
annual tax collected from all of the émigrés from our town in Israel – all
without harming the principal, which was used only for purposes
of assistance, grants and loans.
Shares that were bought by people from our town in
served as the principal for the Loan Fund.In accordance with the decision of the chosen Committee,
the first condition for receiving a loan from the Fund was the
purchase of at least one share.
During the years of operation of the Fund, moneys were received
which are, to this very day, used mainly for granting assistance
and loans to residents of
– new immigrants and veterans alike.
In the Registry of Olim [émigrés to Israel]
from Vladimirets, there are presently
listed over 200 families, many of whom are already the second
generation in Israel, and all these are in
addition to certain families who have not yet registered with
percentage of these families holds loans from the Fund and makes
The Committee is chosen annually or bi-annually at a general
meeting of all of the people from Vladimiretz, and it supervises
the operations of the Fund.There is also a Control Committee, which checks and
approves the Fund's activities.The Committee gives a report on its activities at every
The members of the Committee are:Yosef Brill, Eliyahu Garmarnik, Sarah Prust, Penina
Tscherniak, Yitzchak Kamin, Shlomo Reznik, Chaim Schwartzberg.The members of the Committee represent all of the areas
of the country.The
Committee gathers at set times for meetings and decides on the
course of action and the future operation of the Fund, and
solves problems that arise occasionally.The Committees in America receive statements and
copies of the annual and periodic reports that are published
from time to time.
There is no doubt that there is great blessing and encouragement
in the activities of the Committee and the Loan Fund, the likes
of which are few among the "Landsmanschaften"
in Israel.Receiving a loan from a bank involves a lot of running
around and many difficulties, but in our Fund – there are almost
no formalities and whoever is from Vladimirets and needs a loan
receives it, with no difficulty.