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Sotsyalistishe Kinder Farband

The Sotsyalistishe Kinder Farband or SKIF ('Socialist Children's Union', S.K.I.F.)[1] was founded in Eastern Europe as the youth organisation of the Jewish Labour Bund, a Jewish Socialist political party. S.K.I.F has three core ideological principles: Chavershaft ("camaraderie", equality and empathy), Doikayt ("Being here", Jews should live, build their culture and struggle for their rights wherever they dwell, rather than seeking refuge in a Jewish homeland), and Yiddishkeit (Jewish identity through Jewish and Yiddish culture).[2][3] The plural form of a SKIF member is Skifistn.

The S.K.I.F. in Poland is now defunct. [4]

S.K.I.F. in Poland

In Warsaw.

S.K.I.F. in Melbourne

The S.K.I.F. in Melbourne, Australia, was established in 1950. The first five children held weekly "Sunday meetings". By the fourth year of Melbourne SKIF camps, there were enough campers to operate two separate camps. The organisation now runs three camps a year (summer, winter and spring) and at its peak had an average camp attendance of eighty children. The final two years of membership are spent in an intensive training course to prepare those who wish to continue as leaders.

With in the Melbourne Jewish Community, it is the only non-Zionist youth movement and the only one to sit outside of the umbrella organization of the Zionist Youth Council. Activities are focused more on broader topics to do with culture, (such as music appreciation,) rather than Israel and Jewish theology. Contrary to popular belief, the organisation is not anti-Zionist.

Whilst a number of activities and names pay homage to the groups socialist, worker past; the SKIF of today has a membership base with a broader political and social orientation.

See also

External links

  • Melbourne SKIF website
  • SKIF Facebook Page
  • SKIF Instagram


  1. ^ Blatman, Daniel (2003). "For Our Freedom and Yours", Vallentine Mitchell.
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