Welcome to Habonim Dror UK

Welcome to Habonim Dror, a Socialist Zionist Culturally Jewish youth movement. Through a progressive lens we create a culture and educate based on our worldly values of equality.

Habonim Dror has been pioneering the future of the Jewish people for over 85 years internationally and is continuing to do so in a fun and engaging way.  We do this through weekly activities, residential weekends, Day-Schemes, Israel programs and Summer Camp.


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Winter Camp

Join Habo Dror in welcoming back our Winter Camp by signing up for one of the most amazing experiences of your life!

Winter Camp

Summer Camp

Here at Habo Dror, we are proud to run the greatest Jewish Summer Camp in the UK! Recommended by 98% of past participants – there’s a reason why everyone says that a Habo summer is the best summer!

Provisional dates are available here


Israel Tour

Over 50% of 16 year olds in the UK go on Israel Tour – and here at Habonim Dror, we offer the best Israel Tour out there! Come and spend a month in Israel with 16 year olds from all over the UK. For more information contact jacob@habodror.org.uk

Shnat 15-16

Interested in our 9 month Shnat Israel programme for those just finishing school? Be prepared for a once in a lifetime experience.  For more information contact talia@habodror.org.uk

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Sustainability Choveret

We have taken the value of Tikkun Olam, a vital part of our movement and Jewish thought, and look at it through the lens of the sustainable world.

Our latest copy of our movement magazine ‘koleinu’ is now out.  Email jt@habodror.org.uk for a free copy.

London Weekend – Yrs 5&6

A weekend away is an amazing experience for all involved and is one of the best ways to have fun with your friends and experience your classic habo vibes.

Zero Seder – for all Madrichim

**Thursday April 2nd @ Habo House** Come and indulge in a a wonderful evening of Zero Seder with Habo!

Sustainability Choveret

We have taken the value of Tikkun Olam, a vital part of our movement and Jewish thought, and look at it through the lens of the sustainable world. For a free copy of the Choveret feel free to email JT at jt@habodror.org.uk

Blog Posts

Being a Jew in a Christian country, at Christmas.

November has begun. Having attended a multi-faith school for 7 years, I know that this means, the start of the countdown to Christmas for my non-Jewish friends. As a traditional Jew, it always felt a little strange; my friends chatted and buzzed about what presents they wanted and deeply debated with watering mouths, the key elements to the ultimate Christmas dinner and I would sit back and watch. It was always interesting for me to listen to their excitement over a large meal and seeing their extended family after so long, and laughing about how seeing the family and grossly overeating was an annual event for them, and yet it was a weekly Friday night occurrence for most traditional Jews! It certainly made me think about the nature of my own Judaism, and how it centres so much on people coming together as a community (especially over a bowl of chicken soup). With that in mind, I wasn’t ever sure where to place myself as a Jew at this time of year; for most Jews attending Jewish schools, this situation was never a point of consideration. For me on the other hand, it was one of the times of the year in which I was actively aware of cultural diversity in my mixed faith school, and my own difference, almost like I stood out. One thing I do remember, that made this time of year feel inclusive, was how my school would run an annual charity donation event, in which each form group would organise family donation boxes to go to homeless and struggling families in the hardest time... read more

Rabin’s Legacy: Peace or Democracy?

Rabin’s Legacy: Peace or Democracy? One of the single most meaningful, inspiring and all round positive memories I have from my Shnat year in Israel is attending the annual Rabin memorial rally in Kikar Rabin, Tel-Aviv. The energy in that square was electric, the sea of the blue chultzot and red strings made me feel part of something truly special. We were joined by representatives from Meretz, Shalom Achshav (Peace Now) Hashomer Hatzair, Avodah, the list goes on. The Israeli left had united and created something truly memorable. We heard speeches from the likes of Shimon Peres, the whole crowd bellowed out Shir LaShalom, as a kvutzah we got a strong rendition of Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu (Saalam) going, it was a truly fantastic experience, and one that I will never forget. The fact that it happened to be the 15th anniversary of Rabin’s assassination only served to add an extra sense of occasion. Today, amongst those Israelis still proudly working towards carrying on the legacy of Israel’s slain Prime-Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, there is increasing debate as to what that legacy actually is. On the one hand, some argue that Rabin’s legacy is one of peace, that his commitment to finally ending the age old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is what caused his assassination, and that therefore every year, particularly at the annual rally in Kikar Rabin,  the message of reaching a peaceful resolution to that conflict should be the emphasis. This is largely why signs saying “No Security Without a Solution” were so prominent at this year’s rally, the 20th anniversary. On the other hand however, is... read more

Abraham – A Common Ancestor

This week’s parsha is Lech Lecha. This is a story about Abraham and Sarah travelling to Egypt and back to Canaan.The main theme of the story is Abraham’s loyalty to God. After acquiring wealth in Egypt and saving his nephew from kidnap, Abraham returns to Canaan and is offered the famous covenant that has tied the Jewish people to God for generations. Despite the strange nature of Abraham’s contract with God, (circumcision for a people) Abraham exemplifies the virtue of loyalty. A virtue we should all strive to maintain in our lives. After being promised a “great nation” the parasha then follows a childless Abraham’s marriage to Hagar. Together they had “Ishmael”, who is one of the most significant figures in Islam, buried next to the holiest site in the religion at Mecca. This detail is often forgotten when we discuss Muslim and Jewish relationships. Abraham or ‘Ibrahim’ is a symbol of Muslim-Jewish commonality, of cohesion. However, too often is our rhetoric based around our differences. When i reflect about both Jewish and Muslim communities in England, this narrative of similarity appears to have been forgotten. It seems to me that our communities are as separated as ever and there is no shared history or culture felt between us. Perhaps we should take this example and use it as inspiration to celebrate our similarities and bring us closer as community and as individuals. We should use this to create a more peaceful environment for us all to live. Harry... read more