April saw yet another month of engagement, activities, chinnuch, and (most importantly in my opinion) good old-fashioned Habo fun!
Riding off the success of our Mini Mach, Habo madrichimot have been in Herzlia schools every week, visiting our chanichimot and catching up with them during their day-to-day lives. Another weekly event we haven’t been missing is our FNMs for bogrimot, each one a maddie get-together to either learn a new topic or run a fun activity.
On the event-side of things, over Pesach, we ran our annual April Seminar — the first since April 2019! The seminar is run for Grade 11s and 12s, and is an exploration into their relationship with Habonim as a movement, their political identity, and how they will transition into the bogrimot body after being channichimot — an age-old challenge, but one especially made harder by the fact that there has been a gap of two years; a challenge we are sure this group is now equipped to deal with. The seminar was incredibly successful, filled with thought-provoking education, and also with friends, matza pizza, and paintball on the campsite! Our Bog 3s were on the campsite at the same time for Shlav Bet, the reintegration programme for our shnatties to transition back into their wider shichvah back home.
We were also privileged to team up with JDI, Netzer, and Moishe House to host an event focused on interaction between Jewish Youth across different parts of our community during Pesach.
Another community event in which we participated was the Yom Hashoah VeHagevurah commemoration at Pinelands Cemetery. Yom Hashoah is a solemn day for our chaverim. Many have personal connections of family who perished in Europe. Similarly, youth movements commemorate those who perished from their respective movements, as well as the heroes who fought against our oppression (HaGevurim!) — Dror in Poland produced the main leaders of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising for example. It was a touching and meaningful commemoration for all who attended.
And so, what to look forward to in May? Habo is excited to commemorate and celebrate the upcoming Israeli days of importance, such as Yom Hazikaron, and Yom Ha’Atzmaut! Keep an eye out for the normal activities for channichimot and bogrimot… including a chocolate seder for Grades 3-6!
Aleh Vehagshem! — Brad Gottschalk, Rosh Channichimot
Keep up to date!
Habonim: website: Habonim Dror SA, Facebook HabonimSA
Netzer: website: Netzer.org.za, 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 @diller.capetown
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Published in the PDF edition of the May 2022 issue – Click here to read it.
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