Habonim Dror is
Habonim Dror is a Socialist-Zionist Jewish Youth Movement which, as an integral part of the Israeli Kibbutz Movement, undertakes the mission of taking responsibility for the Jewish people, the Israeli society and the whole world. The founding principle of this movement is that young people educate their peers and that, in working together, they create an organized framework for ideological and educational purposes.
Habonim Dror is a unique and particular movement which has laid a common ground (Judaism, socialism and Zionism) in the 18 countries where it is present nowadays: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Sweden, Germany, France, Belgium, Romania and South Africa. Our activities, through Maslul Ishi and Ulpan Kibbutz, also reach dozens of other countries. The movement incorporates the characteristics which are specific to each of these countries but it is still homogenous. We are not a “confederation of movements”, but International Movement.
Our Tnua serves as guidance for the Jewish youth on the basis of Shivyon Erech Ha’adam (equality of human value) as well as the humanist values inspired by the ideological founding principles included in this takanon. These values – such as equality, tikkun olam, democracy, social justice, collectivism – are not mere perspectives: they stand as an entire way of life based on the principles of chalutziut
The ideology below is split under different heading for clarity, but these headings are not separate ideologies, what is written below is one ideology with each part integral to the next. Each and every chaver/a embodies the spirit of Habonim Dror based on their experience and values gained in the movement. What is written below is an attempt to represent the spirit in words.
Habonim Dror stands up for Cultural Judaism, a holistic approach which conceives Judaism as a culture comprising religion and nationality as intertwined entities. Further to Habonim Dror’s conception of Judaism, we devised a Jewish education process based on cultural activities which profit from secular and religious sources and literature.
In Habonim Dror’s view, Judaism comprises Jewish wisdom, history and tradition, as well an array of moral values of the Jewish people. Our Movement acknowledges its duties to the Jewish community in Israel and the communities in each Ken where it is present, and is in constant pursuance of its two goals: strengthening the principles of Judaism and ensuring the continuity of the Jewish tradition.