Leadership - The Joint Council of Pre-Military Academies (Mechinot) - JCM

Friday, 11 September 2020 00:19

The IDF’s 180th flight school class: 20% of new pilots are mechina graduates

An alumna of the Mechina of the Upper Galilee graduated from flight school, joining her grandfather, an Irgun fighter and commander. An alumnus of Mechinat Bnei David in Eli found time during the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak to meet the love of his life, marry her, and graduate from flight school. Among the 40 graduates of the 180th class of the IDF’s renowned flight school, eight are mechina alumni

Sunday, 09 August 2020 00:59

Over 25 percent of naval officer training graduates are mechina alumni!

New navy officer Lt. Nitzan Elkon, an alumna of Mechinat Rabin, joins Rabin graduate Maya Spier, who completed training in March 2019. Together, they account for half of all women who have completed naval officer training in the past year!

Monday, 10 August 2020 00:27

Women’s Day: Leaders of women’s mechinot talk about the single-sex mechina experience

Not long ago, women’s mechinot, such as Tzahali and Lapidot, were mainly for young religious women getting ready to serve in the IDF. In recent years, though, a number of non-Orthodox mechinot have answered the challenge, too. In honor of Women’s Day 2020, a mechina director and a mechina head explain why they chose to offer a single-sex mechina experience

Sunday, 09 August 2020 01:34

Back to Mechina: The second annual mechina counselor candidates conference for alumni

Over 150 individuals attended this weekend’s event to hear about available positions at whole-year and half-year mechinot. Shifroni: “The backbone of social struggles that mechina alumni join is made up of dedicated mechina alumni who returned as counselors”

Monday, 10 August 2020 19:09

One-and-a-half years, 15 families across Israel: Tifferet Oryah’s quest for her Shabbat

Ignoring the fissures in Israeli society, she decided in a moment of inspiration to launch a far-reaching project of exposure to Israelis’ different models of Shabbat. Two years later, armed with a big smile, Tifferet Oryah is processing the powerful experience she arranged for herself, finishing a book about the experience, and preparing an intimate lecture about her journey

Sunday, 03 November 2019 23:38
Sunday, 25 February 2018 14:38

Annual Eitan Balachsan Memorial Leadership Conference

Dani Zamir, CEO of the Joint Council of Mechinot (Pre-Military Leadership Academies), spoke at the annual leadership conference in Tel Hai.

Thursday, 22 February 2018 10:50

Yemin Orde Mechina hosts Kav Lachayim

The Yemin Orde Mechina and local Bnei Akiva chapter hosted Kav Lachayim for a weekend of activities.

Sunday, 28 January 2018 11:21

Forty mechina alumni attend intensive seminar for graduates completing military service

The seminar’s over. A bunch of amazing guys and girls who got together and came up with a crazy unique shared space … We all left with energy and tools to set out on a life of doing great things. There are amazing alumni. When they sit together a bit, they can dream, ground themselves, build confidence, and understand that when there are others to work with, incredible things happen …

Sunday, 14 January 2018 11:24

Midyear alumni coordinator conference with civil service in the spotlight

Some 40 alumni coordinators from Orthodox, secular, and traditional mechinot came together for a midyear conference highlighting the civil service.

Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:31

First session of Shibolink

Sixteen students with and without disabilities traveled from as far away as the Upper Galilee and Sderot to the inaugural event of the first class of Shibolink, a program for leadership in social media.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017 14:16

Seminar on educating students to achieve in the IDF

IDF statistics prove that the mechinot are a tremendous success at cultivating combat soldiers and commanders.

Monday, 18 December 2017 22:44

An Update to Our Partners & Friends - Recent Activities of The JCM

I want to quickly update you about the diverse activities, progress, and achievements of the Joint Council of Mechinot (Pre-Military Leadership Academies) during the 2016–2017 academic year and the beginning of the current year.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 11:28

Greetings from the Joint Council: Toward a Year of Female Leadership

The Joint Council of Mechinot (Pre-Military Leadership Academies) wishes you a successful, meaningful year. In this message, we would like to draw your attention to a notable point related to gender. Ten years ago, not one woman was the head of a mechina or affiliate, and there were a similar number of female directors filling number-two positions. This year, we see a revolution.

Monday, 02 January 2017 15:03

The President of Israel on JCM

Dear fellows, In recent years we have witnessed the growth of pre-military academies. This wonderful phenomenon is the essence of modern Zionism: young adults of all backgrounds, from north and south, Left and Right, religious and non-religious, dedicate one year to repairing the society in which we live, by volunteering, learning about the other and expanding their comfort zone.

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