Habonim's Impact on Alumni's Jewish Lives & Identity
The following introductory text is excerpted from the main Study
"A hugely formative experience. Shaped my political views, my views and skills in education, my choices of work, my choices of lifestyle, my social circles, my core relationships. I can't think of a more foundational childhood/youth influence than Habonim."
"My involvement in Habonim was one of the most profound influences on my life. As a teenager in the late 60s and early 70s, it provided me not only with a social outlet, but also a way so synthesize the traditional Jewish upbringing that I received at home and at an Orthodox day school with the leftist political views that I was forming inspired by family members and friends. Ultimately I made aliyah in my early 20s and lived on kibbutz for 10 years. To this day, my closest friends are former Habonim members."
"In a world where finding a positive Jewish identity was difficult, Habonim provided a home away from home in which to explore my Jewish identity, values, and find strong social connections. It was a life shaping oasis of a society within a larger society which both provided safety and security as well as invited one to expand one's thinking and experience. I would not be the person I am today without having been through Habonim."
"Habonim is largely responsible for making me the person I am today--in terms of my passion for social justice, love of Israel, connection to Judaism, confidence in myself, and leadership abilities. It also helped me get through the social difficulties and awkwardness of adolescence unscathed and sure of whom I was."