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                                   Habonim  (updated 16 June 2013)

    This section deals with the Habonim Zionist Youth Movement in Rhodesia which was started in the 1930s by Sadie (Kappie) Kaplan in Bulawayo. There are several different albums in the website depicting the history of the movement which was essentially a branch of the South African Movement. Habonim was the largest Jewish youth movement in Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe) followed by Betar and Bnei Akvia and for many years had its own campsite situated at the Weizman Sports Club outside Bulawayo. Activities consisted mainly of Sunday meetings at both Youth Centres in Harare and Bulawayo, a 10-day educational Seminar during the August school holidays, a 10-day Camp under tents during the April school holidays and a 21-day Camp under tents in South Africa.


    The movement started out mainly as a scout organisation in S. Africa under the guidance of one of its key leaders Norman Lurie and Bertie Stern and then and over the years, especially after the 2nd World War, developed a stronger Zionistic and then Socialist ideology. Many of its members went on various educational programs and some made their homes in Israel. Some of the scanned documents in the links below reveal the extent of Zimbabwe Habonim's activities over the years in providing a unique educational and recreational framework for the Jewish youth. From the 1960s through the late 1970s several Israeli shlichim came out to help educate and guide the young leaders of the movement.


    Special thanks to the following for contributing material : Eric Hassall, Leon Udwin, Stan Harris, Mervyn Lasovsky, Colin Gordon, Bertie Amato, Nick Alhadeff, Issy Peimer and Gaby Haimowitz.  


    Click on the links below to see the several hundred images that have been collected.


    Habonim Pictures by Eric Hassall A great selection of photos taken by Eric Hassall - mainly covering the 1960s
    Habonim over the years A miscellaneous selection 42 Habonim photos 
    Habonim 40th Anniversary A selection of 23 Habonim photos over the years plus several pages of the 40th Anniversary magazine published in October 1970.
    Habonim History Album Some 116 images of Habonim put together for the 75th Anniversary of Southern African Habonim at Kibbutz Yizrael June 2005. It includes several pages from the 20th Anniversary magazine published in 1953.
    Habonim Byo 1953 photo A unique photo of Bulawayo Habonim provided by Colin Gordon with numbered references to names.
    Habonim video clips Short video clip interviews with Mervyn Lasovsky, Gaby Haimowitz and Nick Alhadeff  (fast internet required)
    Habonim Salisbury 1962 picture A unique photo provided by Issy Peimer showing over 100 members of the movement in Salisbury. Each person is numbered and names are listed....help is needed to fill in the gaps.
    Habonim PowerPoint presentation An online Powerpoint slide presentation (91 slide pictures) of the story of  Habonim from the 1930s and through the 1960s prepared for the 75th Anniversary of Habonim celebrated at Kibbutz Yizreel on June 30th 2005.


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