Birthright Israel

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! 

 

Winter Camp 2018

 

Each year, Winter Camp is Habonim Dror North America’s biggest gathering, filled with education and fun. This year, all movement members in 10th grade and older are invited. Come and join us!
Click HERE to REGISTER TODAY for Winter Camp 2018!
Click HERE to APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP!
HDNA Winter Camp is a time to gather, discuss, and have fun with your friends from Habonim Dror! You will go through a collaborative educational process, meet with your national kvutza, prepare for the summer at machaneh, and take action on pressing issues in the movement and in society. We’ll do it all through the most creative learning methods, incorporating fun and magic into each day.
WHAT: Winter Camp 2018
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
Bonimot Tzedek @ Winter Camp 2018
For high school participants, Winter Camp includes our annual Bonimot Tzedek National Seminar. Bonimot Tzedek (Building Justice) is HDNA’s social justice and Jewish leadership program for high schoolers. High school HDNA leaders from around North America will gather to learn the ins and outs of social change, and decide together how to shape their local and movement-wide activism.
What can you expect each day at Winter Camp 2018?

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

 

A camp tries to reinvent the Hebrew language, so transgender kids can fit in

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By Julie Zauzmer August 11

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Sam Newman starts a cheer after lunch at Habonim Dror Camp Moshava on Monday in Street, Md. The campers rewrote their cheers this summer to use special gender-neutral Hebrew plural nouns. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Zev Shofar, a 14-year-old from Takoma Park, started going to Jewish summer camp seven years ago, the children all learned the Hebrew words to introduce themselves. “Chanich” means a male camper; “chanichah” means a female camper.

But what if Zev didn’t feel male or female — neither a chanich nor a chanichah?    Read more ….

Jewish Teens Learn Lessons of Zionism

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Participants in Ein Zo Agada gained a newfound appreciation for Israel and discussed why they care about it.

“If you will it, it is no dream,” Zionist leader Theodor Herzl wrote in 1902.

More than a century later, Herzl’s words — translated into Hebrew — served as the inspiration for an auspicious gathering of educators and Jewish teens called Ein Zo Agada (“It Is No Dream”), which took place on a recent Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia.

The event was conceived by leaders of two Zionist youth movements — Habonim Dror and B’nei Akiva — and motivated by a single question: “What are the needs of Jewish teens?”  Read complete article

An evolving experience

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Friday 22nd, January 2016 Written by Mira Sucharov

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On a little corner of Gabriola Island lies an enclave of old-style Jewish utopianism. Modeled after a kibbutz, campers (chanichim) and counselors (madrichim) talk about heady topics like radical justice, equal worth, unionization, socialism and Labor Zionism.

They learn Hebrew, engage in physical labor and debate topics like whether O Canada adequately addresses the reality of First Nations, the fate of the Palestinians, and how to make a radically inclusive society within Israel. It’s Camp Miriam, part of the network of Habonim-Dror camps across North America. Among the founders of the camp was my grandmother, Marian Margolis, and I spent one memorable summer there as a counselor in 1990.  Read more …

 

 

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Hike, swim, fix the world: Kids mix it up at Gilboa camp

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Summer camp for Eliza Smith includes more than the typical swimming and s’mores around a campfire. It also includes discussion of Middle East peace and cleanup duty in the bathrooms.

That’s how they roll at Camp Gilboa, a Jewish summer camp in Southern California to which the 15-year old Berkeley High School junior has returned every year since she was 8.

Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, Gilboa encompasses 40 forested acres where campers age 8 to 17 — many from the Bay Area — can hike, make artsy crafts and engage in other typical summer camp activities.   Read more ….