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Ongoing Updates From The Joint Council of Mechinot
Wednesday, 24 November 2021 17:17

A new year of spiritual mentorship for hundreds of Orthodox mechina alumni in the IDF

Some 540 students from Orthodox mechinot took part this Thursday in a conference hosted by Hadar, a spiritual guidance program for alumni in memory of Hadar Goldin

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 17:13

“A gift for life”—Tal Ben-Aharon on last week’s Yachad seminar

This past Thursday and Friday, the Joint Council hosted a seminar for foreign students attending mechina through Yachad. Tal Ben-Aharon of Los Angeles, who is attending Mechinat Chamesh Etzbaot, talked with us about his experiences so far

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 17:22

Joint Council Alumni Prize presented to ten inspirational awardees

Ten outstanding young men and women were recognized this Thursday at Hanna Szenes House in Sdot Yam with the Alumni Prize. We recall the words of David Ben-Gurion: “The youth of our time will mold the human character of Israel by leading lives of distinction.”

Tuesday, 09 November 2021 19:13

Haaretz: Mechinot “a big hit among American Jews”

Journalist Judy Maltz reported on impressive interest among American Jews in the mechina experience. This year alone, the Joint Council’s Yachad program brought some 160 students from abroad to attend mechina in Israel.

Tuesday, 09 November 2021 19:09

PM Naftali Bennett in recorded remarks at the mechinot’s joint Rabin memorial this Monday: “The mechinot are a major opportunity to change our society and lay the foundations for a better, more unifying future. It’s in your hands.” Watch the full cli

PM Naftali Bennett in recorded remarks at the mechinot’s joint Rabin memorial this Monday: “The mechinot are a major opportunity to change our society and lay the foundations for a better, more unifying future. It’s in your hands.” Watch the full clip

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 11:22

Visiting mechina students land in the Foreign Ministry’s sukkah

Maya Wegier of London, a student at the IMPJ Mechina, and Californian Or Yagour, who is attending Mechinat Nachshon, attended a festive meeting Sunday morning with the deputy foreign minister in the Foreign Ministry’s sukkah. This is what they had to say

Thursday, 25 November 2021 18:24

The new mechina year is off to a record start

The mechinot are beginning a new year with a dramatic increase over the past four years in management positions held by women and continued growth in the number of attendees—especially from the periphery. Joint Council CEO Dani Zamir: “We’re not leaving anybody behind!”

Thursday, 24 June 2021 22:28

As the year ends, 2,700 new graduates emerge from mechinot

Thousands of young people from the 35 traditional and secular mechinot graduated from mechina in recent days. Now they’re moving on to meaningful service in the IDF, equipped with an array of tools, values, and experiences, as well as friends for life. As a new graduate of the Yemin Orde Mechina put it: “It’s the best ‘waste of time’ there could ever possibly be”

Monday, 24 May 2021 21:56

They tried to destroy us, we’re expanding: Lod’s Mechinat Maoz is stronger than ever

In the midst of the unrest that blazed through Israel during Operation Guardian of the Walls, Mechinat Maoz in Lod was a focus of arson and vandalism. In the depths of crisis, countless volunteers stepped up to help the mechina and its surroundings recover. Now the mechina plans to double enrollment in the coming year as a way to strengthen the neighborhood and city

Thursday, 20 May 2021 00:29

On Earth Day and every day: Mechina students protect the environment

It’s in their nature. In honor of Earth Day, mechina students participated in environmental activities across Israel and experienced how important it is to take care of nature. They’re active environmentalists the rest of the year too, though. Just ask their sustainability forum

Monday, 17 May 2021 22:16

Operation Guardian of the Walls: Mechina students mobilize for relief efforts

These are difficult days for Israel, and the mechinot are rallying to help however they can. Mechina students are distributing treats to soldiers and families, running activities for children, substituting for educators who can’t work, volunteering at hospitals, and cleaning out bomb shelters

Tuesday, 27 April 2021 22:21

Mechinot mark third anniversary of Tzafit Gully disaster

Representatives of the mechina world, government officials, and relatives of the perished teenagers gathered on site this Thursday for a memorial. Joint Council CEO Dani Zamir: “We want to take action so the disaster’s lessons will be assimilated and become a part of every day at every mechina”

Monday, 26 April 2021 22:24

A peek at the fourth annual conference of mechina heads and directors

Heads and directors of Israel’s mechinot convened this week for their fourth annual conference, under the leadership of the Joint Council of Mechinot and in partnership with KKL. They discussed educational dilemmas, exchanged thoughts about how to further the mechina enterprise, and marked the third anniversary of the Mechinat Bnei Zion disaster in Tzafit Gully

Tuesday, 20 April 2021 23:03

We’re proud of you! Eleven mechina graduates honored by President Reuven Rivlin for distinguished service in the IDF

The vision is being realized. Eleven mechina alumni serving in the IDF were honored this Independence Day by the president of Israel, and with good reason. The honorees made important contributions, served meaningfully, and inspired those around them to excel and lead. Now you can get to know our distinguished alumni

Thursday, 15 April 2021 22:56

Mechina recruitment for next year smashes records again!

Year by year, the mechina world keeps growing and developing. New mechinot are founded, new branches open, and demand for spaces only increases. Even we were surprised by the figures from this recruitment season, with over 7,600 candidates registering. There are just 2,600 spaces available, and the Joint Council is calling for more

Tuesday, 13 April 2021 22:51

“Continuing on the path of our ancestors”: A new mechina for Ethiopian Israelis

The Ethiopian Israeli community’s last protest, the second generation’s identity crisis, and the reality on the ground spurred four educators with military backgrounds to take action and create a mechina for Ethiopian Israelis. What will the new mechina do for its students? What content will it teach? Won’t a separate mechina make the divisions in Israeli society worse? Here are all the answers

Wednesday, 07 July 2021 23:23

I Can Too: Coming to Terms with My Disability | By Amit Lerman

“If you want to succeed, you have to take risks,” says Amit Lerman, a participant in the Shibolim (Sheaves) program at the Ruach HaSadeh pre-military leadership academy for religious men. In this blog, Amit shares about learning to deal with his disability and urges everyone to see the good in their limitations.

Monday, 18 October 2021 16:20

Visiting mechina students land in the Foreign Ministry’s sukkah

Maya Wegier of London, a student at the IMPJ Mechina, and Californian Or Yagour, who is attending Mechinat Nachshon, attended a festive meeting Sunday morning with the deputy foreign minister in the Foreign Ministry’s sukkah. This is what they had to say

Tuesday, 23 March 2021 00:16

Good Deeds Day: Mechina students give back to the community

Every day is a day for a good deed, but on Good Deeds Day last week, millions of Israelis and others worldwide put in time as volunteers. The students of the mechinot also volunteered to help others and their local communities, and they definitely made some people very happy

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