Habonim Dror: Philosophy and Programs
Habonim Dror describes itself as a Progressive Zionist Youth Movement. It sees its mission as twofold (from its website https://www.habonimdror.org/):
In 1982 Habonim merged with Dror and Habonim Dror North America was created.
To build a personal bond and commitment between North American Jewish youth and the State of Israel.
To create Jewish leaders who will actualize the principles of social justice, equality, peace and coexistence in Israel and North America.
“Habonim Dror runs 7 Machanot (summer camps) across Canada and the United States, an Israel summer program (MBI), a year-long Israel program (Workshop), and year-round activities in many areas of the country (called Eizorim/Kenim) based on the pillars of Progressive Labor Zionism, Judaism, Socialism, Social Justice, and Hagshama (actualization of values).”
Habonim Dror’s educational aspirations may be encompassed in the following domains:
Progressive political identity in the US or Canada
Dovish policies with respect to Israel
According to the website, Habonim's brand of Labor Zionism continues to be relevant and to resonate with Jewish youth throughout the country.
To examine these and related issues, Habonim Dror requested this study of its alumni, those who have had any contact with Habonim Dror over the decades.