The History of Netzer South Africa

  • 1960s


    Maganim was founded by the Reform Synagouges

  • 1977

    First Shnattie

    South Africans taking part in the
    Shnat program (Libby Tobias)

  • 1977 - 1979

    Kibbutz Yahel

    A Garin was formed for Aliya to Israel (Garin Arava), its members where part of the founders of Kibbutz Yahel, the first Proressive Jewish Kibbutz in Israel.

  • October 1978 - August 1981 

    First Shaliach

    The first Shaliach was Moshe Alexandroni. He and his wife Bunny were here from October 1978 until August 1981. When they first arrived, adults were all the leadership of the movement. Moshe’s first accomplishment was to have new leadership – all from within the movement – young leaders who would eventually lead the movement.

  • 1979

    Campsite Moved

    Campsite Moved to Elgin in the Western Cape.

  • 1980s

    Right Turn

    Military Style uniform implemented (blue buttoned shirts with lapels, black white and red menorah badge ) and a very patriotic anthem. Netzer Maginim on the 'Right' side of the spectrum. For the next decade after the founding of Kibbutz Yahel, many of the shlichim were from Kibbutzim and Netzer SA swung to the back to the "left".

  • 1981

    Founding of Netzer Olami

    1984 Maginim attends the founding Conference of Netzer Olami in Jerusalem, represented by Daniel Landsberger. Maginim changes its name to Netzer Maginim.


  • 1984

    Acquiring a new campsite

    SAZF lobbied by Netzer SA and funding allocated in order to purchase a campsite in Pringle Bay.


  • 1984

    Ideology Formulated

    Netzer's Ideology Formulated in Australia

    "As a result several intensive national seminars where held and an ideological platform was developed with a clear agenda that included hagshama (aliya) and tikun olam." - Daniel Landsberger


  • December 2015

    Campsite Moved

    Summer Machanot now take place on the Back 2 Basics Adventure Campsite in Grabouw, Western Cape

  • December 2019

    First NBB Formed

    The Netzer Bogrim Board, or NBB,  was first elected at the end of 2019.  Concept was introduced by Hannah Taylor, Temple Israel Cape Towns Youth and Music Fellow of the time who was from America

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