The Shomeric shirt is a proud reminder of Hashy’s past. Historically, it is the worker’s shirt, designed to be worn on the kibbutz. Made from blue material and adorned with a white shoelace across the collar, it also embodies our Zionistic goals. Its ten holes (six for the shoelace, two for the breast pocket buttons and two for the sleeve buttons) are a constant reminder of the ten Shomeric dibrot (commandments). Hashy tradition mandates that it is worn with the left shoelace dangling lower than the right. After all, Hashy leans to the left!
What Makes Us Different?
Hashy is a grassroots movement that takes the slogan “think globally, act locally” and makes it a reality. We educate our chanichim and give them the information to make a change. From the age of 8 years old, we teach our chanichim about the large problems facing the world and give them the information and resources to make a positive change in their lives to achieve Tikkun Olam. We empower the youth to attend rallies, protests and demonstrations as well as other creative forms of communal change. In conjunction with being a Socialist-Zionist, Secular-Humanist Youth Movement, we are also a social activist movement. We focus our energy on the global community as well on the Jewish communities around the world. We will always educate our chanichim about the injustices in the world, whether they are economic, social, cultural or political. We impart timeless morals onto the chanichim, morals based off our Jewish and humanistic outlook on life – morals that stem from our common humanity, empathy, compassion, and respect.
Ken Melbourne was founded in 1953 as a break away movement from Habonim Dror. Since that day we have joined to the global Hashomer Hatzair World Movement - the oldest Zionist Youth Movement in the world. Ken Melbourne was to become the first Shomeric Ken of 4 located in Australia. Due to aliyah and community migrations Ken Melbourne is the last remaining Ken of the Australian Shomeric Movement.