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Sign: Ramat Gan - Kofer HaYishuv

Arlozorov St 1, Ramat Gan, Israel
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On the sign:
סמל העיר רמת גן
עיריית רמת-גן

[צילום: בניין "כופר היישוב", שנת 1937]
צלם: לא ידוע

כופר היישוב
במאורעות תרצ"ו-תרצ"ח, עת הוקמו יישובי "חומה ומגדל", עלה צורך במימון הוצאות ההגנה על היישוב. הוועד הלאומי הקים את המפעל הציוני "כופר היישוב", ויצא בקריאה לכל בני הארץ לתרום כספים, תכשיטים ועוד.
סניפו הגדול ביותר של "כופר הישוב" אשר חלש על גוש דן מתל-אביב ועד חדרה, הוקם ברמת-גן בשנת 1938 (במבנה ששימש עד אז כ"גימנסיה העברית").
הכרזה הגדולה "כופר היישוב" בחזיתו, קבעה את שם הכיכר עד שנת 1954, אז ניתן לה שמה הרישמי "כיכר העצמאות".

בית קריניצי
בית העיר רמת-גן

[Photo: The "Kofer HaYishuv" building, in 1937]
Photographer: Unknown

Kofer HaYishuv (Community Ransom)
During the 1936-1939 Arab revolt in Mandatory Palestine, when the "Homa V’Migdal" communities were established, there arose a need to finance the outlay for protecting the Yishuv.
The Jewish National Council set up the "Kofer HaYishuv" Zionist enterprise, and sent out an appeal to the country’s inhabitants to contribute money, jewelry and other items.
The largest branch of the "Kofer HaYishuv", which had control over Gush Dan from Tel Aviv to Hadera, established in Ramat-Gan in 1938 (in a building which up to that point had served as the "Hebrew Gymnasium"). The huge "Kofer HaYishuv" signboard on its façade lent its name to the square up until 1954, when it was given the official name "Independence Square."

Krinitzi House
Ramat Gan City House
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The sign is one of a series of signs posted by the Ramat Gan Municipality and the Krinitzi House - the Ramat Gan City House that tells the historical story of Ramat Gan

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