Social & Political Organizations

Active Political Organizations 1918-1939

A large body of literature has examined the political, cultural, and social uniqueness of the shtetl in Poland. Each shtetl experienced it’s own unique combination of self government and political awareness during the 1800’s under the leadership of strong personalities and particularly under the guidance of Rabbinical leadership during the establishment of the Pale of Settlement edicts. One noted publication title reflects this attitude and awareness with the title Miasto Ben Rabina Nie Moze Istniec (A City Without a Rabbi Cannot Exist)”* It details 56 Rabbis of Poland with a brief bio and location descriptions. (No rabbis were listed for Izbica Kujawska) For more information, see “Rabbinate”  

After the establishment of the Republic of Poland in 1918 and up to the mid 1930’s each shtetl and the larger Jewish urban communities experienced a phenomenal rise in political awareness.  Simultaneously, an awareness of the possibility of a homeland in Israel began to take hold with the writings and leadership of Theodore Herzl, emigration to agricultural colonies in other parts of the world (Baron von Hirsh), and continuously increasing anti-semitic oppression which culminated in the Nazi led slaughter of almost the entire Jewish population of Jewish Central Poland.

The Jewish community of Izbica Kujawska experienced the following political groups and associations (Source:

(est. Dec.23, 1923)

a Revisionist Zionist youth movement founded Dec. 23, 1923 in Riga, Latvia, by Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky. Chapters sprang up across Europe, even during World War II. After the war and during the settlement of what became Israel, Betar was traditionally linked to the original Herut and then Likud political parties of Jewish pioneers.

Izbica Kujawska had numerous Jewish followers among the youth.


(est. 1920)

This group is based on the principle of giving charity as it’s literal meaning is “the giving of loving-kindness” without receiving anything in return—as explained in the Talmud.

Combined with BIKUR CHOLIM (visiting the sick)

A more detailed explanation 

In 1932, Izbica Kujawska residents established a multi ethnic organization parallel to Gemilut Chassidim named “Committee of Bringing Help to the Poorest in Izbica Kujawska”. Jewish representatives on the board were: Mojsze Bauman, David Halter (uncle to Roman Halter of Chodecz), Elias Izbicki, Moszek Sliwka.


est. 1916

This party was an Orthodox Jewish response to the challenge of modernity (Bacon 1979)


In Izbica Kujawska the school “Bejt Jakow” (House of Jacob) was established on its initiative in the 1930’s.

Social and Cultural Organizations

ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH CRAFTSMEN – registered March 28 1928

Merchant owners in Izbica Kujawska 


HECHALUC PIONEER – registered August 14, 1935

Sports Organizations