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 marks our 70th consecutive year of running the program! This 8-month program offers participants a fulfilling and engaging 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. In the second portion of the program, Adama, participants will spend 2 months living and learning in Jerusalem, the historical and religious centre of Israel. For the last part of the program, Anafim, participants will move to Haifa - a vibrant multicultural city - where they will 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 2021-2022 Dates
Program runs from September 2021- May 2022
Exact Dates TBA
Due to uncertainties related to COVID-19, we do not yet have a cost set for the 2021-2022 program. We expect to announce this information shortly.
HDNA is committed to offering tiered pricing for Canadian participants to make this program accessible to Canadian families.
19% of Habonim Dror alumni hold leadership positions in multiple Jewish or Israel-related organizations.
Components at a Glance
Workshop participants spend the first three months of the program taking Hebrew and leadership courses on Kibbutz Ravid. They will participate in the kibbutz lifestyle on avodah (work) days, where they will work in Ravid's mango and citrus orchards. 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.
After the first three months, Workshop participants move to the historical, religious and culturally rich city of Jerusalem. Here, they will begin to explore the complexities and tensions of Israeli society, in the classroom and on day trips around the city. They will get to connect with Jerusalem-based grassroots organizations and develop their leadership skills. Participants will also continue to study Hebrew and will adjust to life in an Israeli city.
In the final three months of the program, Workshop participants will live in the Haifa area and put into practice the skills they learned during Shorashim and Anafim. Participants apply their leadership skills and experiences to their messima, or service-learning placements, where they have the opportunity to connect with Hanoar HaOved VeHaLomed (HDNA's sister movement in Israel) and work with Israeli youth. Messima 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.