An update from our youth movements

Our youth movements have done a remarkable job navigating COVID waters and have managed to keep their movements afloat with their flexibility and creativity. As we move into this new year, the different movements share some thoughts and insights.

Unfortunately, we had to cancel our day camps and could no longer share December with our channichim. The newly elected Habonim leadership have been working hard to make sure Habonim Dror in 2021 is as active as possible (whether it be online or in person) and safe for our chaverim. Although the first half of 2021 is looking to be similar to 2020, we are making sure that Habonim will be active in all our chaverims lives. We are taking the lessons learned in 2020 and ensuring that there will be plenty of fun and engagement for channichim of all ages and our bogrim.

After a difficult 2020 and as we begin a new year, we would like to highlight and reaffirm Netzer’s four main pillars that make up our movement. It is important that we are cemented in these pillars as they make up the very essence of Netzer.

Progressive Judaism – Because we are Jews, we are Progressive Jews
Reform Judaism – Because we are Progressive Jews, we are Reform Zionists
Tikkun Olam – A world that we are perfecting
Youth Empowerment – Because we are a Youth Movement we strive to empower the youth.

Bnei Akiva
Chassidus gives us an explanation as to the deeper meaning of tests and challenges in life. It says that the word ‘L’sanos’ means ‘to test’. “L’sanos” also means ‘to raise higher’. How incredible is that! The tests and challenges that Hashem gives us provides us an amazing opportunity to grow and rise up to reach our spiritual heights. The year of 2020 was a difficult test for us all. Some of us struggled and some of us overcame our challenges. As we begin this new year, Bnei Akiva Cape Town wishes for the whole Cape Town Jewish Community to have a year of success, joy and love; and to see challenges overcome!

Keep up to date!
Habonim: website: Habonim Dror SA, Facebook HabonimSA
Netzer: website:, Instagram netzer_southafrica
Bnei Akiva: website: Beni Akiva South Africa, Facebook Bnei Akiva Cape Town
SAUJS Western Cape: Facebook @SAUJS, Instagram @saujs_westerncape
Diller Teen Fellows: website: Diller Teen Fellows , Facebook Diller Teen Fellows, Instagram

Find the SA Zionist Federation – Cape Council online:

Published in the print edition of the February 2021 issue. Download the February 2021 issue PDF here.

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