We are a Jewish Zionist Youth Movement that has been operating since 1930.

The Movement in 2021

Habonim Dror Southern Africa (HDSA) operates in 2 major Kenim (centers) – Johannesburg and Cape Town. We aim to educate Jewish Southern African youth on Zionism, Judaism and concerns of Humanity. We aim to inspire Jewish Southern African youth to prioritise and actualise Judaism, Zionism and Service to Humanity in their lives, whilst living out the values of tolerance, peace, equality, freedom, respect and human rights.

With a focus on informal education, Judaism, Zionism and leadership building, the movement is constantly running events for its chaverim. These events range from weekly meetings to mini-machanot over weekends to Israel tours and programmes.


In 2021 Habonim Dror is making a comeback with our in-person events. We miss all of our chaverim and not being able to see them in 2020 was difficult but necessary. Now we are able to adapt our annual programmes and run them in a Covid-19 friendly environment. Our events may look a little different this year with some taking place online or some daily activities instead of getaways. We cannot wait to be with our chaverim once again!

National Events 2021

Mini Machanot / Day Camps

In 2021 we are making our Mini-Machanot Covid-19 friendly by having day camps. This will be 3 fun-filled days of activities for our channichim at a venue in each city (TBA). Although we cannot go away for a weekend we are going to keep the Habo magic alive!

April Seminar

Our top leadership programme for Grades 11 and 12. This seminar is a time away on our beautiful campsite in Onrus in the July holidays for our oldest channichim and youngest bogrim. We will learn and engage with what it means to be a leader in the movement.


Our three week Israel Program for Grade 10’s (and Grade 11's this year) from all over South Africa. A chance to explore the beauty of Israel through the eyes of a Habonim Dror Southern Africa channich. This year it may take place in South Africa depending on the Covid-19 situation in Israel and South Africa.

Israel Leadership Tour

Our senior bogrim leadership tour aims to build strong leadership qualities in our older bogrim and educate on complex topics. This tour takes place in Israel with our group visiting the important sites in the country and discussing the histroy and relevance of the Jewish state. In 2021 it is not certain whether this can take place in Israel but we are woking on a suitable alternative.