HDCA Newsletter – November 2021


HDCA Newsletter – November 2021

Mazkirut Reaches Decision on Upcoming Veida

by Jenna Abrams, Rakezet Chinuch

HDNA is scheduled to hold its biennial Veida, or Convention, in December 2021. Movement members have been looking forward to gathering together in-person for the first time in almost two years. However, given the ongoing COVID crisis, Mazkirut Artzit has struggled to determine whether and how Habonim Dror can responsibly hold Veida (and the accompanying Winter Seminar) this year.

For the past two months, we’ve been having conversations with many community leaders (both ma’apilimot leadership and adult partners) so that we would be able to make the most informed decision. We asked many stakeholders about what they see as the purpose/goals of Veida, the feelings around Veida in each community, the options for the format of Veida, and challenges and advantages of each of these options.

From these conversations as well as our own experience leading the movement, we have gathered that Veida needs to be a space that allows for productive dialogue that will support community-building between people from different machanot. It also needs to be a fun, engaging, social environment that can contain disagreement in a healthy way. It’s really difficult for these things to exist in a largely online format, and the ma’apilimot with whom we engaged in these questions did not support trying to do complex decision-making online. At the same time, because of COVID-19, we do not feel that it is going to be possible for us to have an in-person seminar in December where we gather as an entire movement and are still able to ensure the safety and well-being of our participants.

Given all of these conversations and the insight we’ve received from our various partners, we have decided that we will be delaying the formal decision-making process of Veida 2021 to May 2022. We will be having programming in the Winter for the movement that will support the educational and social process of Veida in May, so we will still be collecting Veida proposals in the next few months. We will also be attempting to organize regional in-person meet-ups with seminar content in December, based on the interest of each community, as well as online movement-wide programming.

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HDCA Newsletter – Fall 2021

HDCA Newsletter – Fall 2021



Summer Mifgash!

We hope you will join us for the 2021 Covid version of HDCA Summer Mifgash. Unlike in other years, mifgash this year doesn’t involve plane tickets, hotel rooms or lots of time away from family and work. But as in other years, mifgash offers the Habonim Dror family the chance to connect with board members of other machanot, see other Habonim Dror camps, process challenges together, and have fun!

Please join us on September 19th! Simply complete this registration form.


by Erica Kushner, Mazkirol HDNA

It is safe to say no other Mazkirut Artzit has ever had to deal with the physical restraints, aftershocks, and emotional toll of a global pandemic. Jenna, Kaela, and I signed onto these tafkidim when the word Corona was barely more than a rumor. We had to rapidly shift our expectations of what working for HDNA would be like, including being in a different place or even country, no office, no travel to Israel, eizorim, or the machanot, reduced salary, and knowing we wouldn’t be able to run anything in person. Corona has created many, many issues and we have worked through them, coming up with innovative solutions to running engaging seminars or remaining connected to the wider movement.Continue reading

HDCA Newsletter – Spring 2021

Hello and welcome to Habonim Dror Camp Association’s first newsletter!



Since becoming co-chairs of HDCA last December, we have listened intently to camp committee This newsletter is part of our commitment to enhance communication among our HD family in response to these concerns. As you’ll see, we are offering short articles about what’s going on in different parts of the movement – with news from the mazkirut, tzevet higui, machanot and our partner organizations Habonim Dror Foundation and Ameinu. We conclude with links to “Habonim Dror in the News” where you’ll see the impact our movement is having on the wider Jewish community. members, professional staff, mazkirut artzit, ma’apilimot and bogrei tnua (movement alumni) to determine how we might best move our association forward. We heard a great deal about strained relationships and a lack of mutual understanding, cooperation and respect. We concluded that better communication is necessary if we are to go forward as a community.

We’ve also begun a Community Calendar that will help us all coordinate planning – please check it out and if you have events to add, let us know! And finally, please SAVE THE DATE for HDCA MIFGASH on Sunday, September 19, 2021. We will be meeting virtually for just a few hours and we promise you will find it useful, interesting and fun! 

We hope you enjoy our very first edition.

– Alisa Belinkoff Katz and Sharon Waimberg, Co-Chairs, HDCAContinue reading