Habonim Dror Australia is a Jewish Socialist-Zionist Youth Movement which operates in Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, as well as outreach programs in Adelaide and Canberra (in partnership with the AZYC). One of our main aims is that of Jewish Education. Habonim Dror Australia is affiliated with Habonim Dror Olami (World Habonim Dror) the Takam kibbutz movement, and the Israeli youth movement HaNoar HaOved V’Lomed.
In order to achieve this aim we run weekly meetings for about 2 hours for all ages from Year 3 to Year 12. We also run three camps a year for a period of up to 5 days. There is a Winter camp and a Junior Summer camp in each state and also a Federal Summer camp which is run in either Sydney or Melbourne for chanichim from all states from Years 9 to 12 for a period of about 10 days.
The aim of these meetings and camps is to educate the Jewish Youth and transform them into the leaders of tommorow. This is achieved by an intense Hadracha (Leadership) course which is run throughout Year 10, followed on by a year as Madatzim (young leaders) and finally a year-long Leadership course (Shnat) in Israel which takes place at the end of Year 12. The returning Shnatties then become the Bogrim (Graduates/Leaders) of the movement for two years or longer.