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Upcoming Events in 2016!
Fri, 2016-01-08 13:23

Shalom parents and chanichim,

Coming off of an unbelievable and inspiring machaneh, we are incredibly excited for what 2016 has to offer. Machaneh HaZman Lif’ol has been a place for chaverim to engage, laugh, be silly and enjoy a magical time with friends. That is what Habonim machaneh is about, and what Habonim Dror as a movement is about. Creating an environment for all people from different backgrounds but similar visions. This year, 2016, is going to be a year filled with fun, laughter, education and engagement
Below is a list of preliminary dates for Habonim events and programmes in 2016. Please ensure that you diarise all these dates in order to avoid missing out.

15th – 20th January – Chazon Seminar
Seminar for Bogrim (Grade 12 and up) of the movement to come together and talk about our movement, the direction in which we are moving and the environment we want to create for our chanichim and Bogrim.

11th – 13th March – CT Mini Mach 1
Weekend seminar for Garinim up to Sayarim (Grade 3 – 10) coming together on the beautiful Onrus campsite spending time with their friends and maddrichim.

18th – 20th March – JHB Mini Mach 1
Weekend seminar for Garinim up to Sayarim (Grade 3 – 10) coming together to spend time with their friends and maddrichim.

24th March – 2nd April – Israel Leadership Tour
Our premier leadership experience for Bogrim of our movement to experience Israel on a deeper level. Learning and engaging with the different Israeli communities as well as dealing with Israeli history and culture.

27th April – 1st May – April Seminar
This is our leadership seminar for Shomrim (Grade 11) and Bogrim 1 (Grade 12) where we come together on our campsite and learn about the different aspects of our movement as well as taking the first steps into Hadracha training.

30th June – 19th July – Shorashim
Our Sayarim (Grade 10) group goes on an incredible and unique experience with Habonim in Israel. Spending 3 weeks in Israel with friends and maddrichim on a once in a lifetime tour that will create bonds and memories that will last forever.

3rd – 10th July – Winter Camp
For the first time since 2009 we will once again be having the legendary Habonim Winter Camp. A week away with friends and maddrichim engaging, bonding and experiencing all that Habonim has to offer.

19th – 21st August – JHB Mini Mach 2
Weekend seminar for Garinim up to Sayarim (Grade 3 – 10) coming together to spend time with their friends and maddrichim.

26th – 28th August– CT Mini Mach 2
Weekend seminar for Garinim up to Sayarim (Grade 3 – 10) coming together on the beautiful Onrus campsite spending time with their friends and Maddrichim

8th – 28th December – Machaneh 2016
Every year chaverim from Southern Africa come together to spend an incredible and inspiring 3 weeks together on the most beautiful place on earth.

We look forward to having you and your child being a part of the magic that Habonim has to offer.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch please email mazkir@habo.org.za or call the Habonim offices –
JHB: 011 7867046 or CT: 021 4646763.

Kelly Brook
Mazkira Klalit (Secretary General)

David Schwartz
Movement Worker


Rosh Machaneh Report Back of Machaneh 2015
Fri, 2016-01-08 13:18

Habonim Machaneh HaZman Lif’ol was an unprecedented success. Habonim welcomed 700 channichim (campers) onto our magnificent Onrus campsite, making it the biggest Machaneh in years. We had close to 200 brilliant madrichim (councillors) and a committed team of cooks, doctors, nurses, CSO and secretarial staff. From day 1 channichim and madrichim took this machaneh and ran with it.

Sollelim (Grade 9) learned about revolution and consumerism and hosted a mini Burning Man that lit up Hermanus. Sayarim (Grade 10) ran a carnival that came with a completely new vibe and put smiles on all of our faces. Shtilim (Grade 5 and 6) learned about our Jewish community with a beautiful Wedding ceremony and Bonim (Grade 7) learned about the first Aliyot to Israel with unrivalled ‘Illegal Immigration’. Givon (Amelim, Grade 8) was born and the movement now knows that this shichvah is a force to be reckoned with. And Oz (Shomrim, Grade 11) graduated to Bogrim and they ran a brilliant projects week and have proven that they are up and coming leaders and role models. Our ruach sessions were powerful and we proved that the Habo spirit is here in full force. Sports tournaments, lazy afternoons on the beach, slushies at the tuckshop, playing cards on kikar and lying on our hammocks are all little things that made this machaneh so brilliant. It is all these things that we will miss painfully and that make us know that there is nowhere else to be in December other than Habonim Machaneh.

Our Machaneh was visited by Rabbi Silman and Rabbi Knoff who added something special to our Shabbatot. Our channichim had the honour of being visited by Vice Chancellor of Wits, Prof Adam Habib who spoke to us about transformation in universities; and Ex-President Kglalema Motlanthe who spoke to us about Post-Apartheid South Africa. Habonim Dror SA is thrilled at the success of Machaneh 2015 and we look forward to an even more successful 2016!


Micaela Browde
Rosh Machaneh 2015


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