What is Senior Seminar?

Senior Seminar is an annual event run by Betar for the senior chanichim of the federal movement (grades 10-13). Chanichim from across Australia will gather in Sydney this year to participate in a weekend away of engaging activities with the opportunity to learn, bond and have fun with the other chanichim and leaders of the movement. Emphasis is placed on learning leadership skills (hadracha), developing a strong Jewish identity and connection to Israel, learning what Betar stands for, having a taste for Shnat (our gap-year program) and creating new friendships.


What is Betar?

Betar is a Zionist Youth Movement that was established in 1923 by Ze’ev Jabotinsky. Among the many other Betar branches around the world, Betar Australia strives to provide high quality role models for children and strengthen the bonds of our Jewish community. Betar actively promotes the idea of Hadar (respect and pride) and Tagar (standing up for ones beliefs). Betar runs weekly meetings for children grades 2-12 alongside seminars, camps and charity functions though our three branches in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Senior Seminar is a great opportunity for kids from years 10-13 to connect with the Jewish community and make long life friendships. Our highly trained Madrichim (leaders) aim to teach about Israel’s rich culture and history through fun and engaging activities. At Senior Seminar, the chanichim (participants) will have a fun and challenging experience that will include informal education, deep discussions, extreme challenges and a whole lot more.


A message from your Roshim

Hey guys!

It’s that time of year again… Betar Senior Seminar is coming! We know you’re as excited as we are. We have heaps of fun adventures planned for us this coming April so make sure you don’t miss out.

Whether you’re new to Betar, have been one a couple of camps or consider yourself a seasoned regular, Senior Sem is a great opportunity to get more involved in Betar. At Senior Sem, you’ll get to know the other older chanichim (participants) and the madrichim (leaders) of the movement and. We provide a fun and relaxed environment for the senior movement of Betar Australia to bond together, learn some valuable skills and discuss some thought-provoking ideas. We have years 10-12 present, as well as those who have finished school but have not gone on Shnat (our gap year program).

Here’s a little bit of information for each of the year groups:

Chalutzim (year 10), this is your time to shine! Senior Sem is where you learn a lot of hadracha (leadership) and begin the journey of becoming a madrich/a in Betar. You’ll have time to bond with your group and begin to develop an understanding of how to be the best leader you can be – a skill that’s not only valuable in Betar, but will help you become a capable and confident person in the future.

Bnei Etzel (year 11), this seminar is aimed to assist you in building your knowledge of Israel, Judaism and Betar ideology. You’ll be challenged and provoked and you’ll be given the opportunity to critically engage with some really interesting ideas. You’ll also have the opportunity to catch up with your friends and bond with your year level.

Senior Sem is particularly special for Shvei Zion (year 12). You’ll get your first insights into the Shnat program and learn how to move forward with the process of going on Shnat. You’ll become even closer with the people you’ll be spending a year in Israel with and you’ll learn all about the adventures to come in 2017! Your Shnat name will also be revealed!

Mitkadmim, this is the best opportunity to learn how to become the best Boger possible. You will come to understand the differences between being a chanicha and a bogeret and the way your role in the movement will change. You’ll also be challenged with some new ideas about Betar and what the movement signifies.

Come on Senior Seminar to meet new people, get to know your Madrichim and bond with friends from a nation-wide Jewish youth movement.

Please don’t hesitate to call us!

Love from your Roshim,

Elona Sofer (0431 512 501) and Lauren Satill (0405 273 480)


Leaders (madrichim)

Betar prides itself on Dugma Ishit (setting a personal example). Our leaders are quality role models who have strong Jewish and Zionistic beliefs. All senior leaders involved have a Working with Children’s Check, and all leaders have completed a Betar approved leadership course, with several leaders having graduated from Shnat, a year-long advanced leadership program held in Israel.

Betar is friendly to those with special needs. Please contact Elona (Rosh Machane) on 0431 512 501 well ahead of camp so that we accommodate for your child’s needs.


First aid

There is a first aid officer on site at all times and a full First Aid Kit available. If your child is taking any medication, or has any condition/allergy that we need to know about, you must include details of all the condition and the treatment on the medical form.