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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-05-22

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Legacy from page 127

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"Habonim taught me that Israel and
Judaism are mine as much as I take
them to be mine," he explains. "For
me, that has meant moving to Israel,
studying in the Secular Yeshiva and
serving in the army. And making a pro-
gressive, meaningful Judaism a central
part of my life and trying to make this
extremely difficult country my home"



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Israel Focus
Israel, of course, has always been at the
center of Habonim activities. Survey
results reflect this. Eighty-five percent
of survey respondents had visited Israel
more than once and 70 percent had
lived there for at least five months.
The Jewish community has recently
discussed at great length the findings
of the Pew Research Study of U.S. Jews,
which, among other things, has high-
lighted the search for ways to engage
a liberal, increasingly cultural, Jewish
community with Israel.
"Habonim Dror is one of the most
successful ventures connecting Jewish
youth to Zionism for generations:' says
Member of Knesset Isaac Herzog, newly
elected chair of the Israeli Labor Party.
"It is an idealistic movement that iden-
tifies with liberal Israeli society while
creating the right formula for cultural
Jewish continuity."
The study also found that 75 percent
of HDNA alumni consider them-
selves to be politically progressive.
Remarkably, nearly 20 percent hold
leadership positions in Jewish or Israel-
related organizations, and nearly 50
percent give to Jewish or Israel-related
groups committed to social change.
Sarah Waldbott, a recent Tavor alum
originally from Oak Park, has followed
this path.
"The summers I spent at Camp
Tavor and my time with Habonim are
without a doubt the most influential
experiences of my life she says. "I cur-
rently work at Bend
the Arc: A Jewish
Partnership for
Justice with several
Habonim alumni. I
am inspired to pur-
sue justice through a
Jewish lens because
of what I learned
and experienced
with Habonim Dror"
These Metro
Detroit alumni exemplify the study's
findings that HDNA unites progressive
values, a strong connection to Israel and
a love of Jewish cultural traditions. The
full study is available at www.hdcamps.



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