BEIT YISRAEL

Location: Jerusalem
Dates: September-June (10 months)
Level of Religious Observance: Mixed Religious-Secular
Gender: Co-ed
Program Language: Hebrew
Tuition: $15,000

At a Glance:

Located in Jerusalem; a highly diverse group that seeks to build bridges between sectors of the Jewish people; study and volunteer program combining traditional Jewish study, understanding of Israeli society and engagement with the local community.

Mechinat Beit Yisrael is a mixed religious-secular program that is part of the Beit Yisrael/Kvutzat Reut urban kibbutz community. The Beit Yisrael/Kvutzat Reut community is located in the Gilo Aleph housing complex in Jerusalem. During this year of Jewish study and community volunteering, you will develop greater understanding, appreciation and respect for the “other,” through learning, discussion and shared experiences.

Learning in the Classroom and Beyond

During Mechinat Beit Yisrael’s study program, you will examine and strengthen your Jewish identity, while coming to respect other attitudes, beliefs and mindsets. Each week you’ll have 18 courses, taught from a broad range of perspectives, covering topics such as modern Israeli society and Zionism; traditional Jewish text study; philosophy; art and literature; Jewish history; and Jerusalem history.

Beyond the classroom, you’ll explore Israel through four 4-6 day field trip seminars in different locations around the country during the year. Through interactions with local residents, you’ll learn firsthand about the people, politics and history of the different locations, such as the Negev, the Galilee, “development towns,” and more.

In the Community

You’ll volunteer three afternoons a week in community programs for disadvantaged local youth. While gaining valuable educational tools for yourself, you’ll also make a positive contribution to your neighborhood of Jerusalem.  Volunteering programs include tutoring (in local schools and outside them) elementary and high school students, mentoring at-risk children, staffing a local youth movement, local environmental projects, communal holiday programs, a summer camp, and more.

The Group

In Beit Yisrael, you’ll be part of a community whose members come from different places, backgrounds and opinions, and through study and dialogue, you’ll all learn to speak the same language. The group is self-governing and responsible for all aspects of life in the mechina, from cooking meals to planning seminars, Shabbats and volunteer projects, and more.  You’ll take part in committees to plan and lead all activities, under the advice and guidance of the adult staff.

Website - http://kvutzatreut.org.il/mechinat-beit-yisrael/

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SECULAR MECHINOT

Additional Info
  • Location In the Upper Galilee at Kibbutz Kfar HaNassi, Kibbutz Mayaan Baruch and Kibbutz Bar'am
  • Dates September-June (10 months)
  • Level of Religious Observance Pluralistic
  • Gender Co-ed
  • Program Language Hebrew
  • Tuition $15,000
Additional Info
  • Location Kibbutz Meitzar on the southern Golan Heights
  • Dates September-June (10 months)
  • Level of Religious Observance Pluralistic
  • Gender Co-ed
  • Program Language Hebrew
  • Tuition $15,000
Additional Info
  • Location 3 campuses in the northern Negev desert (Kibbutz Shoval, Metsudat Yoav & Sderot)
  • Dates September-June (10 months)
  • Level of Religious Observance Pluralistic
  • Gender Co-ed
  • Program Language Hebrew
  • Tuition $13,000
Additional Info
  • Location Oranim Academic College Kiryat Tivon, near and in Haifa
  • Dates September-June (10 months)
  • Level of Religious Observance Secular
  • Gender Co-ed
  • Program Language Hebrew
  • Tuition $13,000
Additional Info
  • Location Jaffa, Tel Aviv-Jaffa
  • Dates September-June (10 months)
  • Level of Religious Observance Reform/Secular
  • Gender Co-ed
  • Program Language Hebrew
  • Tuition $15,000

MIXED MECHINOT

Additional Info
  • Location Moshav Aderet
  • Dates September-June (10 months)
  • Level of Religious Observance Mixed Religious-Secular
  • Gender Co-ed
  • Program Language Hebrew
  • Tuition $15,000
Additional Info
  • Location Jerusalem
  • Dates September-June (10 months)
  • Level of Religious Observance Mixed Religious-Secular
  • Gender Co-ed
  • Program Language Hebrew
  • Tuition $15,000
Additional Info
  • Location 3 campuses in Shfelat Yehuda, otherwise known as the Judean foothills, the campuses; Nahal Oz, Eliav and Kibbutz Beit Guvrin
  • Dates September-June (10 months)
  • Level of Religious Observance Pluralistic
  • Gender Co-ed
  • Program Language Hebrew
  • Tuition $15,000
Additional Info
  • Location Moshav Tel HaTeomim, in the Beit Shean Valley
  • Dates September-June (10 months)
  • Level of Religious Observance Mixed Religious-Secular
  • Gender Co-ed
  • Program Language Hebrew
  • Tuition $15,000

RELIGIOUS MECHINOT

Additional Info
  • Location Moshav Keshet in heart of the Golan Heights
  • Dates September-June (10 months)
  • Level of Religious Observance Religious/Orthodox
  • Gender Male only
  • Program Language Study in English/ Hebrew
  • Tuition $19,500
Additional Info
  • Location Maale Michmas in the Binyamin region
  • Dates September-June (10 months)
  • Level of Religious Observance Religious/Orthodox
  • Gender Girls only
  • Program Language Hebrew
  • Tuition $18,000
Additional Info
  • Location Neveh in the Eshkol Region of the Negev
  • Dates September-June (10 months)
  • Level of Religious Observance Religious/Orthodox
  • Gender Males Only
  • Program Language Hebrew with Some study in English
  • Tuition $19,000
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