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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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!

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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 16-17

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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Refugee Choveret

We have taken the value of Shivyon Erech Ha’Adam (The Equality of Juman Value), a vital part of our movement and Jewish thought, and look at it through the lens of the refugee crisis. Have a read!

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

Mishpatim and the Refugees

This week’s parsha is Mishpatim and consists of 53 mitzvot, the promise of the Land of Israel to the Israelites and Moses ascending Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights. The parsha details God laying down the law to his children many of them specific, archaic and stringent. These include laws pertaining to murder, kidnapping and theft, many of which face capital punishment. Much of God’s legal outline is objectively callous and archaic.  God’s arbitrary punishments and contradictions, in my eyes diminish his credibility as a credible moral source. Despite the near impossibility for me to reconcile these laws with modern life I nonetheless take one particular message that stands out to me in my life, that speaks further than God laying down the law and refers explicitly to the Jewish people and their social responsibility. He says “And you shall not mistreat a stranger, nor shall you oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt”. This message is perhaps more relevant now than ever. The world is currently facing its biggest migration crisis since the end of the 2nd World War. This time it is not us Jews making our way across the European Continent, but it is the Syrians, Iraqis, etc who are seeking refuge from war, poverty and oppression. To think that many members of our community were once in a similar situation, without a safe home makes it absolutely our responsibility to protect and support the refugees of the world, irrespective of their religion, race or sex (as quoted in the Israeli Declaration of Independence). It should not be the position... read more

Justice and Morality and the 10 Commandments

Shabbat Shalom all! It is that time again in the week that we sit back, relax and hang with our family or friends. But it is also time for this week’s parsha. This week’s parsha is Yitro and some pretty big events occur. For starters Jethro (Moses’ father-in-law) comes all the way from Midian to meet Moses and advises him to establish a judicial hierarchy of magistrates and judges in order to govern and administer justice to the people of Israel. This week is also when the Children of Israel are called to the bottom of Mount Sinai and Moses is asked by God to ascend to the top in order to receive the 10 Commandments. Those are two pretty big things! The first is the establishment of a justice system and the other the process of receiving our base of a moral system. Why were these two things put together in the same parsha and what does it say about Judaism? I think the fact that they were put in the same parsha re-affirms the idea that a justice system should be based on morality, that a justice system should be fair and that the idea of justice is ingrained into our morality. Justice and morality are the corner stones of our people! Social Justice is one of the main ways that Jews have their voices heard in this world. Just think about how many Jewish social justice NGOs exist in this country alone! We are a people that thrive on the idea of social justice, which was first ingrained into us here, in Yitro! Now there are... read more

A Lesson on Leadership from Moses and Sacks

This week’s parsha is that of Be’Shalach (‘when he let go’) and is the 16th parsha of the Torah. The parsha begins with the Israelites fleeing from Pharaoh, the story of the Red Sea splitting, the story of Moses and the rock and ends with the battle of Joshua and the Amalekites. Also in this parsha I have found the source of our (Jews) tendency to complain about absolutely everything! In this parsha we complain about: leaving slavery, crossing the Red Sea, a lack of water, a lack of food and the fact that they had to eat manna (some ‘fine, flake-like’ food) for 40 years. So this is the textual basis for our compulsive need to complain! Turns out we have been doing it for at least 2000 years! Now we all know (or should know) the first few stories in this parsha, but the part that I wish to focus on is the battle towards the end. The story goes as follows; after crossing the Red Sea and the Israelites complaining bitterly about a lack of food and water “Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim” (Exodus 17:8). Moses then instructed Joshua to pick his best men to go and confront the Amalekites and that Moses would “stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my [Moses’] hand” (Exodus 17:9). Now it is said that Moses ascended the hill accompanied by both Aaron and Hur and a good thing that they went with him! Throughout the battle whenever Moses would hold up his staff the Israelites would start winning the battle, however,... read more