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- 28 May, 1929 (18 Iyar, 5689): Bnei Akiva-youth Movement Of Religious Zionists-established
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Bnei Akiva-youth Movement Of Religious Zionists-established
Ivri Date: 18 Iyar, 5689
English Date: 28 May, 1929
Bnei Akiva (Hebrew: בני עקיבא), founded in the British Mandate of Palestine in 1929, is the largest youth movement of religious Zionists in the world. It is active world-wide, with more than 154,000 members in 37 countries. There are 100,000 members in Israel and 54,000 members in the rest of the world. Locally, Bnei Akiva chapters are called 'סניפים'(pronounced snif)/'branches' with each age group constituting a 'שבט'(pronounced shevet)/'tribe'.
Bnei Akiva is a nationalist movement within Israel, strongly identified with The The Religious Kibbutz Movement and the National Religious political party. Outside of Israel, the local branches of Bnei Akiva are under the Bnei Akiva Olami (Worldwide) organization.
Typically, in any given country, Bnei Akiva will operate local Shabbat groups, summer camps, leadership seminars, Shabatonim, and activities. Bnei Akiva in Israel is organised separately from the world movement. It is run in Israel by the National Secretariat (Hanhalla Artzit).
As a pioneering Zionist youth movement, Bnei Akiva believes that it is a central commandment of Judaism to return to the land of Israel Aliya and maintains that the future of the Jewish people is obviously tied to the state of Israel.
Bnei Akiva feels that Jewish youth in the Diaspora must be educated to realize that the Jewish State needs them, and that they, in return, need the Jewish State.