Habonim’s Shnat ‘23 liftoff

Ogen shichva members off to Israel. Back: Gabriel Dubb, Adam Selikowitz, Ella Phillips, Michaela Perkel, Ruby Chames. Front: Caitlin Cohn, Jacob Cohen and Sarah-Rose Levin

This past month or so has been a very productive one for Habonim Dror SA. We had our first Veida since the pandemic and ran the first of two leadership seminars for our incumbent steering committee. But perhaps most significantly, we also bade farewell to this year’s Shnat cohort. 

Speaking as a past participant, Shnat is HDSA’s premier offering in terms of programming, a gap year (10 months to be exact) in Israel for those who have just matriculated. Shnat is a hugely exciting time for all those who take part. Not only does it offer a full year of life in Israel with lots of freedom and new people to meet while being supported by fantastic Madrichim, but also has some of the best educational and ideological material I have come across in my twelve years in the movement. 

This year’s Shnatties can look forward to the hours of gripping discussion and learning at Jerusalem’s Leadership Institute, Machon LeMadrichim, the satisfaction of honest work while living on Kibbutz Revivim, and the fulfilment of giving back as they complete their Messimah. We recently held two farewell events for the Shnatties, one in Cape Town and one in Joburg. I attended the Cape Town leg, and it was definitely a bittersweet moment. While they are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime, we will certainly miss their fantastic enthusiasm and contributions to the movement’s workings. Good luck in Israel, Ogen!
Sam Mcnally, Rosh Publications

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