by Ziv Bar-El Since I arrived in Israel, I’ve come across opportunities to engage in new experiences that I never saw coming and build on part of myself I like that I just haven’t yet discovered. Last week, I chose to work alongside other members of Dror Israel / Hanoar HaOved on renovations of the … Continue reading Building the Merkaz Siach
by Caden Feldman-Gubbay The state-sponsored tekkes concluding Yom HaShoah 2017 was held at Beit Lochmei HaGeta’ot (House of the Ghetto Fighters). Beit Lochmei HaGeta’ot is the Shoah Museum on Kibbutz Lochmei HaGeta’ot, which was founded in 1949 by survivors and Warsaw Ghetto Fighters from Dror and other Zionist movements. This year, for the first time … Continue reading Reflections on the Yom HaShoah Tekes at Beit Lochmei HaGetaot
This post is originally an email update sent to the HDNA list serv about our entry as olim from Habonim Dror into messimah in NOAL (HaNoar HaOved v'HaLomed). We just got back from a seminar at Kibbutz Ravid that was historic and has never happened before. It was a seminar on entering into messimah in … Continue reading Joining HaNoar HaOved v’HaLomed!
Happy belated Pesach! Passover is definitely my favorite Jewish holiday. For one thing, it's in the spring - who doesn't love that feeling that things are starting fresh!? For another thing, it celebrates Jewish rebellion and self-liberation from oppression, telling the Exodus story that has been the basis and inspiration for many struggles for freedom both in … Continue reading Pesach 5777
Max Ledersnaider (Machaneh Tavor, Kvutsat 61, HDNA) made aliyah this past Wednesday, joining Garin Silan and the Tnuat HaBogrim! Below are letters from his aliyah tekkes at Ben Gurion Airport. Written by Nadav Mirbach, from Garin Lapid in our shichvah. Today Max is making Aliyah, but it's not a single act coming out of nowhere. … Continue reading Max Makes Aliyah!!
Written by Mimi Sieradzki (Machaneh Moshava), for a tekkes at Auschwitz. My Grandpa Ben grew up in Zgierz, Poland, a town outside Lodz (the second largest city in Poland, southwest of Warsaw). He had 2 sisters and 2 brothers - Mendel, Isaak, Chanah, and Bluma. He was the youngest of the 5 and had a … Continue reading Thoughts from Workshop 66 on the Journey to Poland, Part 2
Every year, Workshop travels to Poland to learn about the Holocaust, Jewish history and the roots of our movement. The trip visits ghettoes and synagogues in Warsaw and Krakow, as well as Auschwitz, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdanek, Placzow and Treblinka. This year was particularly significant because for the first time, we joined HaNoar HaOved veHaLomed (NOAL)'s 800 … Continue reading Thoughts from Workshop 66 on the Journey to Poland, Part 1
by Caden Feldman-Gubbay, Garin Techina I live in Haifa, Israel in a kvutza of 14 (soon to be 15) olimot from Australia, North America, South Africa and Argentina. We are part of a large network of financially interdependent kvutzot, and together with nearly two thousand other like-minded people across Israel we are Dror Yisrael. We … Continue reading Socialism in the Field: a Week at the Mata’im
This last week: It’s Sunday evening and I am lying in bed when the news of the second desecration of a Jewish cemetery comes. Something deep inside me sinks. I have nothing to say, no analysis to offer. I fall asleep, half expecting to wake up to the news there has been a shooting at … Continue reading Reflections on Anti-Semitism
Two nights before I made aliyah, I sat with my family in a Burmese restaurant for a goodbye dinner. My parents still didn’t fully understand exactly what it was that I was moving to Israel to do or what my life would look like, and to be fair neither did I. In particular, my parents … Continue reading Building a Socialist Life in a Capitalist World