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Habonim Dror is a Jewish Labour Zionist youth movement formed by the merger in 1982 of the Habonim and Dror youth movements. Habonim Dror's sister movement in Israel is Hanoar Haoved Vehalomed
Hanoar Haoved Vehalomed
Histadrut HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed , sometimes abbreiviated to No'al is an Israeli youth movement, a sister movement of Habonim Dror, the Labor Zionist movement....

, the Working and Studying Youth.


Habonim Dror is a Jewish Socialist-Zionist cultural youth movement, which exists to educate and bring Jewish culture to its members, both within Israeli society and in other parts of the world where young Jews live. One of the main concepts of the movement's ideology is that of tikkun olam
Tikkun olam
Tikkun olam is a Hebrew phrase that means "repairing the world." In Judaism, the concept of tikkun olam originated in the early rabbinic period...

, a Hebrew phrase that means "fixing-up the world" which originated in the early rabbinic period of Judaism. The Movement ideology falls into different categories. They are Hagshama Atzmit (Self-realisation), Socialism/Social Justice, Zionism, Judaism and Chalutziut (Pioneering). These categories are not independent ideologies, each platform helps to integrate one of them with the others. Every chaver/a (member) embodies the spirit of Habonim Dror, based on their shared experiences and values gained in the movement. Habonim Dror's ideology is an attempt to represent that spirit in words.

The expression of these ideals involves various kinds of meetings and especially in outdoor activities including scouting, camping, rambling, map reading as well as the teaching of a good knowledge of the geography and history of Eretz Yisrael (the land of Israel). Jewish history is also given attention, as are songs and dances taken from the pioneer days of the present State. The socialist ideal extends to the kibbutz, some of which were founded by Habonim Dror members.


Unlike what has been written in many places including the book about Wellesley Aron "Rebel with a Cause", Habonim was founded by him together with Chaim Lipshitz and Norman Lourie in 1928 in Stepney, which was the poor area of the East End of London. Wellesley Aron's first contribution was in writing various early memoranda to the Zionist Federation and to the existing Jewish Youth organizations. These suggested how a "Jewish Youth Cultural Movement" could be organized for children aged between 12 to 18. Unlike such organizions abroad, the movement was initially intended to be of a non-Zionist (non-political) kind. Although he claims it as early November 1928, Wellesley Aron's first meetings and lectures about this idea were actually in early January 1929 (see below). No mention of these meetings is made in the weekly "Jewish Chronicle" or J.C. (Newspaper/Organ of the Jewish community) during 1928, except for one lecture on "Palestine" on 23 November, and not on the need for child-interest group formation.

Before Habonim was named in spring 1929, Chaim (actual name Hyman S.) Lipshitz as co-founder, had regular organized meetings of boys at his father's Cheder (school room) and they were well established by December 1928. (Incidently this Cheder was one of the few more-progressive of these establishments, many were unattractive places that taught only traditional Hebrew and Torah (Biblical Law)). The new group was where Chaim taught Modern Hebrew along with songs and dances of the Jewish settlers in Palestine, Jewish history and various games. Chaim was assisted by Norman Lourie, a visitor from South Africa who had previously visited Palestine. The aim of these group meetings was to attract and better educate the Jewish children of immigrants from Poland and Russia (mostly pre 1905, when immigration to the U.K. was severely limited), about their Jewish history and about the progress of the Jews presently living in Palestine. These children had somewhat dismal lives in the slums of the East-End, (Stepney and Whitechapel) which were not lightened by the mostly poor Cheder education system then available.

The first meeting of leaders of the Jewish youth community that Wellesley Aron reported, was in a letter to Dr. S. Brodetsky (of the Zionist Foundation) on 11 January 1929. Wellesley mentioned that only 5 people attended, but that Norman Lourie (the third founder) called a larger meeting for the following week (10 January) where listed representatives from at least 7 Jewish youth organizations were present. This meeting was in London at 77 Great Russel Street EC1. England at this time was the center of political Zionism, after the Balfour Declaration in 1917 had stated that "His Majesty's Government favourably viewed the establishment of a Jewish National Home in Palestine" (then under British mandate).

The new youth movement Habonim (or the Builders) was deliberately made non-Zionist (and became Zionist only after 1935). In 1929 the first Gedud (group)Trumpeldor was built into Chaim's existing group of youngsters in Stepney. Chaim Lipshitz was its Rosh (head or leader), with assistance from Norman Lourie and advise and Hebrew terminology being developed through a committee run by Wellesley Aron. In May 1929 the first 27 page hand-booklet detailing how Habonim was to function was published by Wellesley with help in the mimeographing from Norman Lourie and his lady friend Nadia, who he later married. They both returned to Norman's home country South Africa in 1930, to establish Habonim branches in various towns and countries in that continent and in India.

The Movement grew very rapidly. In London alone there were 21 groups by 1932. The Movement had at least 2,500 members by the time of their 10 year "Jamboree Camp" in 1939. The various gedudim or groups were initially single sex (like the Scouting Movement) but were soon were changed for boys and girls together. Associated but not part of the Movement were training farms for the older members, to learn about agriculture and life on kibbutz, to which their alyiah (or "going-up" to Eretz Yisrael) would eventually lead.
According to Aron, he modeled Habonim after Baden-Powell's Boy Scouts. The idea soon spread to other English-speaking countries and ex-colonies where Jews resided. In 1930 Norman Lourie founded Habonim Southern Africa, with the first camp taking place at Parys
Parys is a town situated on the banks of the Vaal River in the Free State province of South Africa. Population 43,791.In the eariy 1870's, towns in the northern Free State were situated very far apart and members of different churches had to travel great distances to participate in religious...

 in 1931.

During the second world war the senior members of Habonim helped to organize and take care of the many refugee children that escaped the Natzis through special "kindertransporten". Their parents had agreed to this tragic life-time separation, which was arranged through some of the more future-minded Jewish organizations remaining in Europe. Other members whose alyiah was delayed due to the war, helped the war-time food shortage to be met by working as groups of laborers on various farming communities.

Graduates of British Habonim contributed significant manpower to the establishment of many kibbutzim in Israel, among others, [{Kfar Blum}], [{Kfar Hanasi}], [{Beit Haemek}], Mevo Hama, [{Tuval}] and [{Amiad}] Of these the most British is [{Kfar Hanassi}].
American Habonim's oldest kibbutz is [{Gesher Haziv}]. Kibbutz [{Tzora}] was founded by South African Habonim.

Dror was founded in Poland
Poland , officially the Republic of Poland , is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania to the east; and the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave, to the north...

 in 1915 out of a wing of the Tze'irei Tziyon (Zion Youth) study circle. The majority of Tze'irei Tziyon had merged with a group called Hashomer in 1913 to form Hashomer Hatzair
Hashomer Hatzair
Hashomer Hatzair is a Socialist–Zionist youth movement founded in 1913 in Galicia, Austria-Hungary, and was also the name of the group's political party in the Yishuv in the pre-1948 British Mandate of Palestine...

, and those who remained outside of the new group formed Dror. The group was influenced by the teachings of the Russian Narodniks.

Members of Dror participated in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was the Jewish resistance that arose within the Warsaw Ghetto in German occupied Poland during World War II, and which opposed Nazi Germany's effort to transport the remaining ghetto population to Treblinka extermination camp....

. Mordechai Tennenbaum and other Dror members organised two underground factions in the Bialystok Ghetto
Bialystok Ghetto Uprising
Białystok Ghetto Uprising was an insurrection in Poland's Białystok Ghetto, launched on the night of August 16, 1943 against the Nazi German occupation authorities during World War II. It was organized and led by Antyfaszystowska Organizacja Bojowa , a part of the Anti-Fascist Block...


Dror was aligned with the HaKibbutz Hameuhad network, while Habonim was aligned with the Ichud kibbutzim. When the two kibbutz movements merged in 1980 to form the United Kibbutz Movement (TaKa"M), so did their respective youth movements.

Famous graduates of the two movements include Golda Meir
Golda Meir
Golda Meir ; May 3, 1898 – December 8, 1978) was a teacher, kibbutznik and politician who became the fourth Prime Minister of the State of Israel....

, Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
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, Mordechai Richler, Jonathan Freedland
Jonathan Freedland
Jonathan Saul Freedland is a British journalist, who writes a weekly column for The Guardian and a monthly piece for the Jewish Chronicle. He is also a regular contributor to The New York Times and The New York Review of Books, and presents BBC Radio 4’s contemporary history series,...

, Stanley Fischer
Stanley Fischer
Stanley "Stan" Fischer is an American-Israeli economist and the current Governor of the Bank of Israel. He previously served as Chief Economist at the World Bank.-Biography:...

, Chaim Herzog
Chaim Herzog
Chaim Herzog served as the sixth President of Israel , following a distinguished career in both the British Army and the Israel Defense Forces .-Early life:...

, Tony Judt
Tony Judt
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, Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen
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, Seth Rogen
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, Noah Beresin (a.k.a. Xaphoon Jones) of Chiddy Bang
Chiddy Bang
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, Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, producers of Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
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, Alexander Bickel
Alexander Bickel
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, Leonard Fein
Leonard Fein
Leonard Fein is a writer and teacher. He founded the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy, and was co-founder and for 12 years editor of Moment Magazine....

 (columnist of The Forward
The Forward
The Forward , commonly known as The Jewish Daily Forward, is a Jewish-American newspaper published in New York City. The publication began in 1897 as a Yiddish-language daily issued by dissidents from the Socialist Labor Party of Daniel DeLeon...

 and founding editor of Moment
Moment (magazine)
Moment is an American Jewish magazine. It publishes articles related to Jewish culture, lifestyle, politics, and religion. Moment is not affiliated with any Jewish organization or religious movement, and its articles and columnists represent a diverse range of political views.-History:Nobel Peace...

), J.J. Goldberg
J.J. Goldberg
J. J. Goldberg is Editor-at-Large of the newspaper The Forward, where he served as editor in chief for seven years . He served in the past as U.S...

 (editor-in-chief of The Forward
The Forward
The Forward , commonly known as The Jewish Daily Forward, is a Jewish-American newspaper published in New York City. The publication began in 1897 as a Yiddish-language daily issued by dissidents from the Socialist Labor Party of Daniel DeLeon...

), David Twersky
David Twersky (journalist)
David Twersky was a journalist, Zionist activist, and peace advocate in Israel and the United States. He was an editor for The Forward and The New York Sun and a leader of the American Jewish Congress....

 (columnist with the New York Sun
New York Sun
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), Aaron Naparstek
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, Matt Witten
Matt Witten
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, Mark Regev
Mark Regev
Mark Regev , formerly Mark Freiberg, is an Australian-born Israeli diplomat and media spokesman. He is currently the spokesman for the Prime Minister of Israel and an advisor on foreign press and public affairs, a position he has held since his appointment by the former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert...

, Shuli Egar, Guy Spigelman
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, Tooker Gomberg
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, Baroness Deech, Jack Markell (the governor of Delaware
Delaware is a U.S. state located on the Atlantic Coast in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. It is bordered to the south and west by Maryland, and to the north by Pennsylvania...

), Kenneth Bob
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, Toba Spitzer
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Rabbi Toba Spitzer became the first openly lesbian or gay person to head a rabbinical assembly in 2007, when she was elected president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Assembly at the group's annual convention, in Scottsdale, Arizona....

, Ron Bloom
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 and Jaques Wagner
Jaques Wagner
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 (the governor of Bahia
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, Brazil
Brazil , officially the Federative Republic of Brazil , is the largest country in South America. It is the world's fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population with over 192 million people...



Today, Habonim Dror exists in seventeen countries worldwide. It is aligned with the United Kibbutz Movement, which recently merged with the Kibbutz Artzi Federation aligned with the Hashomer Hatzair
Hashomer Hatzair
Hashomer Hatzair is a Socialist–Zionist youth movement founded in 1913 in Galicia, Austria-Hungary, and was also the name of the group's political party in the Yishuv in the pre-1948 British Mandate of Palestine...

 youth movement.

Countries in which Habonim Dror operates

  • Argentina
    Argentina , officially the Argentine Republic , is the second largest country in South America by land area, after Brazil. It is constituted as a federation of 23 provinces and an autonomous city, Buenos Aires...

  • Australia
    Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area...

  • Belgium
    Belgium , officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a federal state in Western Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts the EU's headquarters, and those of several other major international organisations such as NATO.Belgium is also a member of, or affiliated to, many...

  • Brazil
    Brazil , officially the Federative Republic of Brazil , is the largest country in South America. It is the world's fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population with over 192 million people...

     http://www.habonim-rio.org/ http://www.habonimdror.com.br/
  • Canada
    Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

  • France
    The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

  • Germany
    Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

  • The Netherlands
    The Netherlands is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, located mainly in North-West Europe and with several islands in the Caribbean. Mainland Netherlands borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east, and shares maritime borders...

  • Hungary
    Hungary , officially the Republic of Hungary , is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Ukraine and Romania to the east, Serbia and Croatia to the south, Slovenia to the southwest and Austria to the west. The...

  • Mexico
    The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

  • New Zealand
    New Zealand
    New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses and numerous smaller islands. The country is situated some east of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and roughly south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga...

  • South Africa
    South Africa
    The Republic of South Africa is a country in southern Africa. Located at the southern tip of Africa, it is divided into nine provinces, with of coastline on the Atlantic and Indian oceans...

  • United Kingdom
    United Kingdom
    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

  • United States
    United States
    The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

  • Uruguay
    Uruguay ,officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay,sometimes the Eastern Republic of Uruguay; ) is a country in the southeastern part of South America. It is home to some 3.5 million people, of whom 1.8 million live in the capital Montevideo and its metropolitan area...


North America

Habonim in North America was founded in April 1935 by the youth arm of the Poale Zion Party
Poale Zion
Poale Zion was a Movement of Marxist Zionist Jewish workers circles founded in various cities of the Russian Empire about the turn of the century after the Bund rejected Zionism in 1901.-Formation and early years:Poale Zion parties and organisations were started across the Jewish diaspora in the...

 at a convention in Buffalo, NY. At its height, the movement had over 2,000 campers attending eleven summer camps throughout the U.S. and Canada. Today, Habonim Dror North America (HDNA) runs many programs during the year, including a biannual veida (a mass meeting with representatives from around the movement), local events in central cities, kibbutzim in Israel, a year long program in Israel (called Workshop), and many other ideology-focused gatherings.

HDNA also runs 7 summer camps across the continent. These have become a large part of the movement, and in most cases are more important to members than local meetings (called ken meetings). The seven camps are as follows:
  • Camp Galil
    Camp Galil
    Habonim Dror Camp Galil is a Habonim Dror North America summer camp for Jewish students in northern Ottsville, Pennsylvania, United States, about 30 miles north of Philadelphia. It runs for seven weeks during the summer and hosts several seminars during the year.-History:Camp Galil was founded on...

     http://www.campgalil.org/ (Ottsville, Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Camp Gesher
    Camp Gesher
    Camp Gesher is part of the labour-Zionist youth movement Habonim Dror and is a sleep-over summer camp for Jewish youth, near Cloyne, Ontario, Canada....

     http://www.campgesher.com/default.aspx (Cloyne, Ontario
    Cloyne, Ontario
    Cloyne is a small village in the township of Addington Highlands, Lennox and Addington County, Ontario, Canada. It is located on Ontario Highway 41 about by road north of Kaladar at the crossroads of Highway 41 with Ontario Highway 7, with the settlements of Bishop Corners and Northbrook in...

    , Canada)
  • Camp Gilboa
    Camp Gilboa
    Camp Gilboa is one of the seven North American machanot associated with the socialist-Zionist youth movement, Habonim Dror. It is open to kids entering 3rd-10th grade, and incoming 12th graders are accepted as Madatz...

     http://campgilboa.org/ (San Bernardino County, California
    San Bernardino County, California
    San Bernardino County is a county in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,035,210, up from 1,709,434 as of the 2000 census...

    , USA)
  • Camp Miriam http://campmiriam.org/ (Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada)
  • Camp Moshava http://campmosh.org/page.php?id=2/ (Street, Maryland
    Street, Maryland
    Street, Maryland is a rural unincorporated area in Northern Harford County, Maryland. Street was first settled by Dutch immigrants in the early 18th century.One of the central villages in Street is Highland...

    , USA)
  • Camp Na'aleh
    Camp Na'aleh
    Camp Na'aleh is one of seven summer camps in North America run by the Labor Zionist youth movement Habonim Dror. Founded in 1932, it is the oldest of Habonim Dror North America's summer camps.-History:...

     http://www.naaleh.org/index.htm (Bainbridge, New York
    Bainbridge, New York
    Bainbridge, New York, the name of a village and a town in Chenango County, New York, USA may refer to:* Bainbridge, New York* Bainbridge , New York, a village in the town- See also :...

    , USA)
  • Camp Tavor
    Camp Tavor
    Habonim Dror Camp Tavor is a Jewish overnight camp located in Three Rivers, Michigan. The camp is affiliated with Habonim Dror, a Labor-Zionist youth movement which promotes the ideals of communal living and sharing, in a Kibbutz-like environment...

     http://www.camptavor.com/ (Three Rivers, Michigan
    Three Rivers, Michigan
    Three Rivers is a city in St. Joseph County in the US state of Michigan. The population was 7,811 at the 2010 census.Three Rivers derives its name from the confluence of the St. Joseph River with its tributaries the Rocky and Portage Rivers. It is the home of St...

    , USA)

Some now defunct camps and Habonim hachshara farms are:
  • Camp Amal
    Camp Amal
    Camp Amal was an experimental camp of the Habonim youth movement. Founded in 1948 on a rented site in Vermont, the camp was intended to give campers a thorough education in Hebrew, as opposed to simply using Yiddish or English, which were prominently in use at many Jewish camps at the time...

     (Vermont 1948–49, Na'aleh 1950, Cream Ridge 1951, Moshava 1952, Galil 1953)
  • Camp Bonim (Dallas, Texas)
  • Camp Ein Harod (Ellenville, NY; Originally: Liberty, NY)
  • Camp Kinneret (Chelsea, Michigan
    Chelsea, Michigan
    Chelsea is a city in Washtenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,398 at the 2000 census, at which time it was a village....

  • Camp Kvutzah Gimli (Gimli, Manitoba
    Gimli, Manitoba
    Gimli is a a rural municipality located in the Interlake region of south-central Manitoba, Canada, on the western shore of Lake Winnipeg. It is about north of the provincial capital Winnipeg...

  • Camp Kvutzah Montreal (St. Faustin, Quebec
    Saint-Faustin–Lac-Carré, Quebec
    Saint-Faustin–Lac-Carré is a municipality in the Laurentides region of Quebec, Canada, part of the Les Laurentides Regional County Municipality.-Demographics:Population:* Population in 2006: 2985...

  • Camp Tel Ari (New York)
  • Camp Tel Hai
    Camp Tel Hai
    Camp Tel Hai was an early summer camp kvutzah of the Chicago chapter of the Habonim youth movement and one of the first summer camps of Habonim in North America. Founded in 1935 near New Buffalo, Michigan on the site of an old Farband summer camp that had been damaged by fire, Tel Hai operated for...

     (New Buffalo, Michigan
    New Buffalo, Michigan
    New Buffalo is a city in Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,200 at the 2000 census. This city is within New Buffalo Township, but is politically autonomous.-Geography:...

  • Camp Tel Natan (Troy, Missouri
    Troy, Missouri
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  • Camp Yad Ari
    Camp Yad Ari
    Camp Yad Ari was a summer camp of the Chicago-Milwaukee-Minneapolis chapters of the Habonim youth movement. Founded in 1948 on near Waupaca, Wisconsin after the destruction of Camp Tel Hai, the camp was literally built by the campers, who constructed all the permanent buildings at the site while...

     (Waupaca, Wisconsin
    Waupaca, Wisconsin
    Waupaca is a city in Waupaca County in the state of Wisconsin. The population was 5,676 at the 2000 census. The city is believed to be named after Sam Waupaca of the Potowatomi tribe....

  • Cream Ridge Farm (Upper Freehold, New Jersey
    Upper Freehold Township, New Jersey
    -Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 4,282 people, 1,437 households, and 1,198 families residing in the township. The population density was 91.4 people per square mile . There were 1,501 housing units at an average density of 32.0 per square mile...

  • Smithville Farm (Smithville, Ontario
    Smithville, Ontario
    Smithville is a community in the township of West Lincoln. It is located on Regional Road 20 between Hamilton and Niagara Falls in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada.-Annual events:...


Additionally, a five week trip, named Machaneh Bonim in Israel (MBI) is a summer tour of Israel for 16-year-olds (summer after 10th grade). Students from the seven camps spend time together and learn about Israel and the movement.

HDNA publishes B'tnua, the regular movement magazine.

Habonim Dror collaborated with Ameinu
Ameinu is an American Jewish Zionist organization. Established in 2004 as the successor to the Labor Zionist Alliance, it is the continuation of Labor Zionist activity in the United States that began with the founding of Poale Zion in 1905....

, Hashomer Hatzair
Hashomer Hatzair
Hashomer Hatzair is a Socialist–Zionist youth movement founded in 1913 in Galicia, Austria-Hungary, and was also the name of the group's political party in the Yishuv in the pre-1948 British Mandate of Palestine...

, and Meretz USA to form the Union of Progressive Zionists
Union of Progressive Zionists
The Union of Progressive Zionists was a North American network of Jewish student activists who have organized around principles of social justice and peace in Israel and Palestine...

 campus network, which has now become J Street U, to which Habonim Dror North America only has an affiliation.


The first steps of the TNUA in Argentina from the year 1934, when installation occurs in Buenos Aires Hejalutz Dror, by European influence.
Several years later, in 1945 in Argentina hajsará arises from the hand of the other branch that later integrate what is currently moviemiento we are talking about Ichud Habonim. By 1980 there is the merger and Ichud Habonim Dror, forming what is now known as Habonim Dror.
This unification occurs after the formation of the Kingdom of the Kibbutz Movement, Takam. Remember that before this event Dror was aligned with the network "Meiujad" while Kibbutz Habonim was integrated with the kibbutzim of "Ichud."
Today our TNUA has keinim in 8 provinces, with over 300 active chaverim. Through the Shnat Hajshara, encouraging continuing to live their bogrim significant experience in the State of Israel, seeking to strengthen identification with Jewish culture.

New Zealand

There are 3 main centres; Auckland being the largest, then Wellington and Christchurch. Each Ken runs weekly meetings. The movement come together for various seminars during the year as well as winter and summer camps. The summer camps run for ten days and are always in tents and on a farm, winter camps are shorter and run in cabins due to New Zealand's climate. Habo NZ celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2008.


Habonim Dror has four kenim (branches) around Australia. They are in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. The three largest Kenim in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth hold weekly meetings, regular seminars and two camps each year (winter and summer), with chaverim (members) from all of Australia coming together for senior summer camp.

Every year chanichim (members) travel to Israel for a year on Shnat Hachshara le'Aliyah Ve'Hadracha, commonly referred to as Shnat, where they go on an extensive experiential and educational process and actively carry out movement aims and discuss group issues.


The movement arrived in Brazil by influences of the Argentine activists, and began in Porto Alegre
Porto Alegre
Porto Alegre is the tenth most populous municipality in Brazil, with 1,409,939 inhabitants, and the centre of Brazil's fourth largest metropolitan area . It is also the capital city of the southernmost Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. The city is the southernmost capital city of a Brazilian...

 (Southern Brazil) in 1945. Within a few years, Habonim reached Curitiba
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, São Paulo
São Paulo
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 and Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
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. Some time later, it arrived in Recife
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, Salvador, Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte is the capital of and largest city in the state of Minas Gerais, located in the southeastern region of Brazil. It is the third largest metropolitan area in the country...

 and Manaus
Manaus is a city in Brazil, the capital of the state of Amazonas. It is situated at the confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers. It is the most populous city of Amazonas, according to the statistics of Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, and is a popular ecotourist destination....


At these eight branches across the country, Habonim runs weekly activities for children, teenagers and young adults from 7 to 22 years old, as well as weekly-long Machanot (camps) in Summer and Winter. Also twice a year is held the National Machaneh.

Once in a two-year cycle, a Veidah Artzit (National Convention) is held, comprising a meeting of all the senior members of the National Movement. The Veidah has powers to modify HD Brazil's ideological platform, as long as it doesn't oppose to the World Movement's principles.

Southern Africa

Habonim Dror Southern Africa (HDSA) was founded in 1930 by Norman Lourie. HDSA draws its membership from the Southern African region. However the vast majority of its membership comes from South Africa
South Africa
The Republic of South Africa is a country in southern Africa. Located at the southern tip of Africa, it is divided into nine provinces, with of coastline on the Atlantic and Indian oceans...

. HDSA's two primary centres are based in Cape Town
Cape Town
Cape Town is the second-most populous city in South Africa, and the provincial capital and primate city of the Western Cape. As the seat of the National Parliament, it is also the legislative capital of the country. It forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality...

 and Johannesburg
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, although the movement is active across the country.

HDSA defines itself as a Jewish Zionist Youth movement (See Constitution 2009). HDSA classifies itself as a left-wing organisation. Unlike other Habonim Dror movements, HDSA does not classify itself as socialist but rather supports economic and social equality.

As a left-wing Zionist movement, HDSA promotes a two-state solution in Israel
The State of Israel is a parliamentary republic located in the Middle East, along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea...

. It also encourages it members to live in Israel in a manner which positively contributes to Israeli society.

HDSA also places immense value on active citizenship and thus strives to educate its members on South Africa and encourages them to be active in creating a just and equal post apartheid South Africa. To this end, HDSA has worked with non-governmental organisation's such as the Treatment Action Campaign
Treatment Action Campaign
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, the Social Justice Coalition and Equal Education in attempting to achieve these goals.

HDSA annually hosts one of the largest summer camps in the Southern Hemisphere at their campsite in Onrus outside Cape Town. During the year, consistent activities are run for its members who range from the ages of 9–22. Additionally, HDSA runs an annual tour to Israel for 16 year old's and sends many of its members on a ten month post school program to Israel.

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