Betar is an international Zionist movement that educates and inspires Jewish youth for the purpose of strengthening the State of Israel and Jewish communities around the world. Betar focuses on the pioneering spirit and draws its core values from the tenets of Zionism, from Ze'ev Jabotinsky's vision and from the principles of Israel's Declaration of Independence.
The Betar Movement was established in Riga, Latvia in 1923 and since its inception, Betar has focused its outreach and educational work on the notion of founding and strengthening an independent Jewish state in Israel. Embracing an activist spirit, Betar members have spearheaded various Zionist achievements, which include recruiting Jews to immigrate to Eretz Israel, leading revolts in Jewish ghettos during WWII, participating in the underground fight to establish the modern State of Israel and establishing dozens of communities throughout Israel.
Today, Betar's educational programming shares Ze'ev Jabotinsky's teachings with the newest generation of Jewish youth at dozens of educational centers throughout the world. Betar's programs encourage the following core activities:
- Strengthening national Zionist consciousness among Jewish youth.
- Instilling love for both the people and the land of Israel.
- Striving for social justice and strong democracy.
- Encouraging Aliyah to Israel.
- Creating stability on the ground by settling all areas of Eretz Israel.
- Serving in and strengthening the IDF
Above all, Betar continues to promote Jabotinsky's belief that young people possess immense power to lead, to shape our future and to strengthen both the State of Israel and the Jewish community around the world.