A Week in the Life of Workshop!


What is Habonim Dror Workshop? 

Workshop is the longest running North American gap year program in Israel. Fall 2020 will mark our 70th consecutive year of running the program!  Participants have the option of attending for either 4 months or 6 months. The program offers participants a fulfilling and challenging encounter with Israeli Society and their Jewish identity. During the first part of the program, Shorashim, participants take part in immersive group-centered learning on Jewish history, Zionism, and Hebrew, and contribute to Israeli society through agriculture. For the remaining 2 to 4 months of the program, Kehila, participants build social justice through coexistence education, and work with Israeli youth in schools and after-school youth clubs in connection with Habonim Dror North America’s sister movement, HaNoar HaOved veHaLomed.  

Participants on Workshop have life-changing and eye-opening experiences, and return home to be leaders of Habonim Dror and the wider Jewish community. 

Workshop 2020-2021 Dates

4 Month Track: September 1, - December 29, 2020  

6 Month Track: September 1 - March 1, 2021  

Program Cost

 U.S. Residents: $10,900 USD (4 months), $13,100 USD (6 months)

Canadian Residents: $9,810 USD (4 months), $11,790 USD (6 months)


19% of Habonim Dror alumni hold leadership positions in multiple Jewish or Israel-related organizations.

Components at a Glance



Workshop participants spend the first two months of the program taking Hebrew and leadership courses on Kibbutz Ravid to prepare them for the second half of the program, Kehila. During these first months, they will also be taking courses on Jewish and Zionist history, and take part in seminars, hiking trips, and immersive educational trips.


Workshop participants spend the second half of the program living in the Haifa area and putting into practice the skills they learned during Shorashim. Participants apply these skills and experiences to their messima, or service-learning placements, where they have the opportunity to work with Israeli youth. Mesima allows the participants to build responsibility and confidence as leaders. They are not just volunteering or contributing to tzedakah - Workshop participants actively contribute to the building of social justice by immersing themselves in Israeli society.


"I'm working in different Arab villages, in schools and youth clubs, and educating about equality and shared existence."

- Hannah, Workshop 63

Ma’apilimot – The Future of Habonim Dror

Following their year in Israel, many Workshop participants return to North America in time to work as tzevet (staff) for the six Habonim Dror machanot (summer camps). As madrichimot (counselors), they are encouraged to share their newfound knowledge and experiences with their chanichimot (campers) and with the youth movement as a whole. Most Workshop participants return to North America and become active on university and college campuses in social, political, and educational activities connected to Israel, Judaism and social justice.

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