What is Betar?

Aims

Betar is a worldwide Zionist Jewish youth movement. Betar Australia has independent Maozim in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, all of which unite for camps each year. In Betar, we strive to create a fun atmosphere for our chanichim, aiding in their social and personal development with high quality role models. We maintain a strong emphasis on core ethical values. Our activities instil a sense of Jewish identity through the unique Jewish community that Betar supports. We affirm all streams of Judaism, catering to all of them at our camps and functions. Furthermore, we teach our chanichim about the importance of Zionism as well as Israeli history, culture and contemporary politics. Betar has a keen focus on hasbarah and is active in Pro-Zionist events on university campuses and information sessions for the Jewish community.  

Some of the recent graduates of the Betar Hadracha (Leadership) Program

Ideology

Betar has a strong focus on ethical values together with Zionist ideals in a time of growing apathy. First and foremost, Betar is a Zionist youth movement, meaning that we support the existence and development of the Jewish state of Israel. Betar’s ideology has two core universal values: Hadar, the idea that respect for one’s self and all other people is absolutely essential, and Tagar, the notion that we should stand up for what we believe in. Tagar roughly translates to tenacity and opposes arm chair Zionism. These are the foundations of Betar’s ideology but this is just a small part of our culture and beliefs. The diverse writings of Jabotinsky and other seminal figures in Betar’s history act as regular sources of debate and inspiration. We have a rich body of knowledge which we draw on to trigger the ethical and conceptual growth of our chanichim.
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