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Who Are We?

A cooperative is an autonomous association of people voluntarily united in order to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled business enterprise.

The Central Union for Cooperative Initiative Ltd. was incorporated in 1933 as a cooperative. It was formerly known as The Central Union for Productivity, Transportation and Services, Central Cooperation Ltd. In 2008 the Central Union’s conference decided on changing the name so that it would reflect the transformation that occurred in the fields of the association of cooperatives that actually control every business initiative that is founded on a collective basis according to the cooperation’s principles.

The Central Union is experienced in spreading the cooperative concept and in nurturing the cooperation values; within its activity as an umbrella organization, the Central Union assists cooperatives in their founding and incorporation stages, as well as subsequent to their incorporation as cooperatives.

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A Piece of History

The setting of the cooperative movement in Israel is unique, for it has developed correspondingly with Israel’s Jewish national entity. It started with an organization that was intended to deal with the conditions of the peripheral reality as part of practical coping which resulted in the formation of an ideological system regulation.
The cooperation developed in two courses:

The Civic Cooperation: membership in its associations was free for all those who accepted their regulations. A cooperative association, for construction mostly, took place in Israel from the mid 19th century. These associations were not registered as cooperatives (for the lack of pertinent legislation). Their establishment was based on their members’ capital, which financed the monthly payments for the acquisition of lands over which they intended to build houses later on. When the payments were all paid, the lands and houses were registered in the names of the members, and the apartments were divided according to a raffle that was conducted between the members.

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