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Sign: Givatayim - Rishonim route - Naomi and Joseph Hecht House

Keren Kayemet Le-Israel St 16, Giv’atayim, Israel
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On the sign:
שכונת בורוכוב

בית נעמי ויוסף הכט

[תאור האתר מופיע בשלט נפרד]
בית הכט
כאן נבנה בשנת 1922 ביתם של נעמי ויוסף הכט, המפקד הראשון של "ההגנה". יוסף הכט נולד ברוסיה, ובנערותו היה חבר בארגוני הגנה יהודיים באודסה. לאחר שברח מגיוס לצבא הרוסי עלה לארץ בשנת 1914. כאן עבד ושמר במושבות, ובשנת 1918 התנדב ל"גדוד העברי", במסגרתו פעל להשגת נשק ולהעברתו להגנת הישובים. בשנת 1920 ארגן את ההגנה על החוות החקלאיות בחולדה ובמקווה ישראל. בנובמבר 1921 עמד בראש קומץ חברי ה"ההגנה" בירושלים שהדף מאות פורעים ערבים שפרצו ממסגד הר הבית. אחרי מאורעות 1920 נקרא על ידי המוסדות הלאומיים לעמוד בראש ארגון "ההגנה", ופיקד עליו בין השנים 1921 עד 1931, השנה בה חזר לביתו. יוסף הכט היה מפקד נועז, נערץ על ידי פיקודיו ומעשיו שימשו מופת לכל חברי "ההגנה".

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A station on the ""Rishonim route", set up by a joint initiative of the Givatayim Municipality and the veterans association of Borochov neighborhood, featuring signs that mention the homes and institutions in Borochov neighborhoods.

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Translation of the text on the sign:
Borochov neighborhood

Naomi and Joseph Hecht House

[Site description appears on separate sign]
Hecht House
Here, in 1922, the home of Naomi and Joseph Hecht, the first commander of the Haganah, was built. Joseph Hecht was born in Russia, and as a teenager was a member of Jewish defense organizations in Odessa. After escaping from conscription to the Russian army, he immigrated to Israel in 1914. Here he worked and retained in the Moshavot, and in 1918 volunteered for the "Hebrew Battalion", within which he worked to obtain weapons and transfer them to the defense of the settlements. In 1920 he organized the protection of the agricultural farms in Hulda and Mikve Israel. In November 1921, a handful of members of the Haganah in Jerusalem headed hundreds of Arab rioters who broke out of the Temple Mount mosque. After the events of 1920, he was called by the national institutions to head the Haganah organization, and commanded him from 1921 to 1931, the year he returned to his home. Joseph Hecht was a daring commander, admired by his commanders and his actions served as exemplars to all members of the Haganah.

JNF (Jewish National Fund) emblem, Givatayim emblem
Symbol of the Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites - Israel
Veterans Association Borochov neighborhood

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