Introducing Eyal Shorashim 2019!

2019 is the year for shicvah Eyal to go to and experience Israel in Habonim Dror Southern Africa style on the elite Shorashim program! Continue reading to find out more information…


Dates: 4 July – 22 July 2019

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Not just three weeks of memories – a life-changing experience that you’ll take with you forever…

Habonim Shorashim offers you the most unique Israel Experience whilst spending three weeks of summer in Israel.

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Israel whilst having the absolute time of your life! On Shorashim you’ll explore the cities of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Akko, Tsfat and so many more.

You’ll be climbing Masada, floating in the Dead Sea, going Camel Riding, relaxing on the beautiful beaches, volunteering and even meet up with other Habonim Dror Shorashim participants from all over the world. We have participants from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, PE and even participants from other countries – Habonim Shorashim is the best way to build on existing relationships, meet new people and see Israel like you’ve never seen it before.

What is Shorashim?

Habonim Dror Southern Africa is proud to present Shorashim, a life-changing Israel tour where Grade 10s have the most eye-opening, engaging and exciting three weeks in Israel with their friends. An opportunity of a lifetime awaits Givon this July. The programme is unparalleled – by visiting spectacular sites, venturing on breathtaking hikes, meeting fascinating individuals, and touring with electrifying madrichim, HDSA will ensure that your child soaks in every inch of Israel’s rich diversity and beauty. Shorashim is the best possible programme for any South African Jewish youth to experience the most of Israel.

Safety and Security

Over and above the educational content, our number one priority is the safety and security of every participant. The itinerary is created in conjunction with Israel Experts, and is approved by their security department, which maintains constant communication with the relevant bodies in the IDF. The Israel Centre of the Jewish Agency has also approved the airline carrier we are using in addition to every single place we will visit on the tour.

Channichim are never out of sight from Madrichim and our security guards on tour.

Why Shorashim?

In Depth, comprehensiveness and Educational Excellence
The depth and breadth of this tour cannot be underestimated. We are able to explore and tour through Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the North and the South of Israel.

But what is more important for Habonim Dror is that we offer real education around these cities and destinations. They are contextualised through well-educated madrichim, through experiential learning, through peulot and through Israeli experts. We ensure that Israel is experience in a real way so that it can be understood and connected with for the many people who are going there for the first time.

Diversity of Israel
On Shorashim we make certain that we look at the ‘fullness’ of Israel by ensuring that our Shorashimniks have a diverse experience of Israel.

On Shorashim, channichim are exposed to:

  • Religious Experiences
  • Secular Experiences
  • Minorities
  • Land of Israel: including swimming in the Kinneret, Sleeping under the stars in the dessert, hikes in the Negev and Masada, Shabbat at the Kotel.

Seeing Israel as part of a Habonim Dror group
One of the most inspiring aspects of this programme is the idea of your child spending 3 weeks with their shichvah. This group of channichim have been coming to machaneh for many years and created a strong group identity which this experience will no doubt solidify. One of the most important parts of Habonim Dror SA is creating a Jewish social network. Shorashim creates a sense of a national age group by uniting Jewish channichim from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and the Eastern Cape. Seeing Israel with Habonim Dror also means getting to explore the movement’s role in Israel, as well as visiting the Ghetto Fighters House to learn about Dror’s involvement in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Highest Calibre of Madrichim
The Tzevet comprises four South African and one Israeli madrich/a. These are the most experienced, dedicated and dynamic madrichim of the movement who are invested in the grade 10 year group. They will ensure that your children are safe, happy, feel a part of the group and inspired to be in Israel.

Jewish and Zionist Identity
Experiencing Israel with Habonim Dror will enable your child to engage meaningfully with their Jewish and Zionist identity. They will engage with the rich history of the Jewish people by visiting historical and religious sites, with expert tour guides and passionate madrichim. Shorashim is the only tour that will connect secular and religious Jewish youth to Israel in a meaningful and fulfilling way.

Personal Growth
One of the most fantastic results that we have seen by running this programme in the past is that we have witnessed channichim mature, develop and create stronger Jewish identities. The entire process is geared to making channichim more assertive and independent, to start them thinking about who they are, and what they care about.

Ultimate Fun and Rejuvenating
The programme is renowned for bonding and extremely fun experiences. The programme itself is filled with adventure style activities such kayaking at Jordan River, water slides and adventurous scavenger hunts in Israel’s cities.

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