HDNA members from our communities in Philadelphia, Manhattan, and Brooklyn gathered with other Jews creating intentional communities at the annual Hakhel conference — including many of our Habo friends from Australia and New Zealand, and our partners from Hashomer Hatzair!
Responding to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement of his intent to extend Israeli sovereignty over large parts of the West Bank, the Progressive Israel Network released the following statement:
A democratic and peaceful future for Israelis and Palestinians requires national self-determination for both peoples. Any step to unilaterally impose Israeli sovereignty over Palestinian people and territory in the West Bank is a step away from the two-state vision and toward the formalization of two separate and unequal legal systems. Both Israelis and Palestinians want and deserve to live in peace, with justice and dignity. Israelis deserve to live in a healthy and vibrant democracy. Palestinians deserve to live free from occupation.
Netanyahu’s suggested move would entrench Israel’s military occupation in the West Bank. It harms millions of Palestinians living under occupation and poses an existential threat to Israeli democracy. Israeli democracy cannot endure without putting an end to the 52-year occupation.
June 24, 2019
Ameinu, Americans for Peace Now, Habonim Dror North America, Hashomer Hatzair, The Jewish Labor Committee, J Street, The New Israel Fund, Partners for Progressive Israel, Reconstructing Judaism, and T’ruah Join Together To Support Progressive Vision For Israel
Today, ten leading organizations representing Americans who are committed to pursuing democracy, equality and peace in Israel announced the launch of the Progressive Israel Network. The new coalition will provide a strong, unified voice in support of its members’ common goals: democracy and equal rights, religious freedom and pluralism, and a two-state solution that would secure a peaceful future for Israel and end the 52-year-long occupation.Continue reading
Every summer, the rakazei chinuch (educational directors) at our six machanot choose a theme for their educational tochniot (programs). Taken together, the themes give a taste of the kind of education chanichimot (campers) in HDNA will go through this summer: active, visionary, empowering, and most of all fun! Here are this summer’s themes, presented by the rakazei chinuch themselves.Continue reading
This past weekend, maapilimot from shkavot 68 through 64, from all six of our machanot, gathered at Machaneh Galil in Ottsville, PA for Maapilimot Seminar 2019. The five-day seminar was packed with peulot, decision-making, bonding, and fun! Maap Sem was planned by a vaad of dedicated maapilimot representing all the shkavot and machanot.Continue reading
Habonim Dror Camp Galil, a progressive Jewish overnight camp, is looking for radical, passionate people, ages 18 and up, to come work in Ottsville, PA., this summer. If you have an interest in social justice, education, youth empowerment, exploration of Jewish values, or cooperative and collective living, we are looking for you! Working at Camp Galil, you will live, learn, make decisions, and have fun with the people with whom you do meaningful and important work. Plus, we have the most beautiful sunsets, a huge swimming pool, and Owowcow, a delicious, local ice cream shop, just down the road! Job opportunities include working as a bunk counselor, visual arts specialist, life guard, ropes and hiking trip specialist, driver, or as a part of our kitchen staff. All levels of experience are welcome! To learn more about Camp Galil, please visit our website: http://www.campgalil.org/. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Head of Camp, Arielle Schwartz (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Executive Director, David Weiss (email@example.com).If you are interested in applying, the first part of the application is here: https://campgalil.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/staff/App
This coming summer, a California camp is taking the lead from Habonim Dror Camp Moshava by adding all-gender housing for campers. Mosh has offered such housing since 2017, two summers ago.
“While the move is pioneering, it isn’t precedent setting: According to the Foundation for Jewish Camp, Habonim Dror’s Camp Moshava in Maryland has offered all-gender cabins since 2017, and the foundation itself offered the option to camp counselors attending its Cornerstone Seminar last year.”
WHO: HDNA members 10th grade and older
WHEN: Dec. 26-31, 2018
WHERE: Poconos Environmental Education Center, Dingman’s Ferry, Pennsylvania
COST: $450 USD for Americans, $350 USD for Canadians, with scholarship available: http://bit.ly/WinterCampScholarship
Each day of Winter Camp has a special focus! We start with a day learning and bonding with our kvutzot (age groups). Then, we learn and play together during a themed Yom Meyuchad (Special Day), full of games, skits, and new knowledge! Yom Tnu’a gives us a chance to come together as movement members for a day of discussion and democracy. And during Yom Machaneh, we decide how we want to bring it all home to machaneh this summer!
Through it all, we’ll pause for games and check-ins, and of course plenty of meaningful HDNA-style Shabbat activities, like a collaborative oneg and a night of rikkud ayam!
Join us! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/WinterCampRegister
Habonim-Hashomer Birthright is a 10-day program in Israel for individuals aged 18-25. Explore your connection to Israel as a shared society and engage with peers working towards a more just, equal, and democratic Israeli state. It is completely free and spaces fill up quickly!