Yedid Program

Yedid is Hashomer Hatzair North America's month-long trip in Israel. The trip represents the end of a yearlong process of hadracha (counselor) training, and an entry into the next stage of Hashomer Hatzair and Camp Shomria. Chanichim (participants) will explore the many sides of Israel, their Jewish heritage, and role in the youth movement. We strive to balance the fun of touring and hiking, with the substance of Zionism, identity formation, and education. The program is designed to form a strong bond to Israel and the Jewish peoplehood through our unique 'shomeric' educational approach.

Another important focus of our Yedid program is to give the participants an opportunity to meet other shomrim from around the world. Given the fact that we have branches in over 23 countries, the group will spend time with our European counterparts in our nature-survival camp and educational training seminar. Participants will get a global perspective on the youth movement in addition to forming cross-cultural bonds with shomrim their age.

We expect our participants to return home with the passion and motivation to continue the movement that they've grown up in. They will follow a hundred-year-old tradition of youth-led education with an understanding of a variety of topics (i.e. Israeli history, modern Israeli society, progressive Zionism, Judaism, cooperative community building) and will gain the confidence to be our future leaders.

Participants of Yedid will:
• Gain an understanding of Jewish history, heritage, and culture in Israel's past and present
• Understand Zionism’s connection to the values of Hashomer Hatzair
• Strengthen their connection to Israel
• Gain insight into the complexities of Israeli society and the challenges of coexistence
• Understand the role of youth movements in the creation of the state and their role today
• Strengthen their overall involvement and confidence in the movement
• Develop a sense of the Hashomer Hatzair World Movement


Structure
Leaving Mosh on Friday, July 23rd each one to his home
​(Israeli Chanichim*ot could stay at camp).
Flight to Israel on July 25th
First part: Machane Israel- July 26-August 13
Machane Israel portion of the trip ideally happens once every two years in Israel and once every two years in EU.
The North American Shomrim*ot has the opportunity to meet their peers from Europe.
The Machane is run (both educationally and technically) by a big group of professionals who are part of the World Movement Hanhaga.
The heart of the Machane is Hadracha Seminar that provides both knowledge and tools about Hashomer Hatzair in the world and how to become a good Madricha or Madrich.
The last 5 days of Machane Israel is a bus trip around the country, exploring cities and nature alike.
Free Weekend: August 13-15
Second part: Yedid on the bus August 15-19
Engaging with Israel as a multi layered society full of history, culture and dilemmas through a variety of topics (i.e. Israeli history, modern Israeli society, progressive Zionism, secular Judaism, cooperative community building).

We will have some separate Peulot for the 2 kvutzot at this part.

We will travel and get to know Israel from North to South-
Haifa
Kineret
Jerusalem (include Yad Vashem)
Israeli beach
Negev
Masada
Israeli Kibbutz