(updated 16 June 2013)
section deals with the Habonim Zionist Youth Movement in Rhodesia which was started
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.
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.
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.
on the links below to see the several hundred images that have been collected.
Pictures by Eric Hassall
||A great selection of photos
taken by Eric Hassall - mainly covering the 1960s
over the years
||A miscellaneous selection 42
||A selection of 23 Habonim
photos over the years plus several pages of the 40th Anniversary
magazine published in October 1970.
||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.
Byo 1953 photo
||A unique photo of Bulawayo
Habonim provided by Colin Gordon with numbered references to names.
||Short video clip interviews
with Mervyn Lasovsky, Gaby Haimowitz and Nick Alhadeff (fast
|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
||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.