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Ongoing Updates From The Joint Council of Mechinot
31/08/2022 - 13:31

Looking back: Highlights of the mechina year

After a year of volunteering, learning, and hiking, students are preparing for their next adventure: joining the IDF. Here are a few of the year’s most meaningful moments
31/08/2022 - 13:51

Another lesson learned from the Tzafit Gully disaster: Joint Council to issue mechina safety certifications

The heads of the mechinot have approved a proposal for the Joint Council to give safety certifications to the mechinot, contingent on a third-party inspection
12/07/2022 - 19:30

“I learned how to live with people and appreciate the people and things around me a lot more” Yachad students wrap it all up

The Joint Council held a seminar to close out the Yachad year at the mechinot. Mechina of the Upper Galilee student Ori Karni: “The seminar gave all the foreign students some time to think about…
23/06/2022 - 09:13

The way to mechina passes through Newark. Here’s what happened at the Yachad introductory seminar this year

40 American teens who will attend mechina next year traveled to Newark for an introductory seminar. Future Mechinat Nachshon student Asaf Shchory: “I’m really excited to go and learn more about Israel, politics, leadership, and…
31/08/2022 - 13:45

“Excellence isn’t a slogan. It’s a way of life.” Munir Madi on lighting a torch atop Mount Herzl

Madi, CEO of Mechinat Kerem-El, dedicated his Independence Day torch to the mechina world. Here’s why
31/08/2022 - 13:50

Mechinat Lachish alumna Lt. Hadar Cohen honored with kindling the Torch of the IDF

Many representatives of the mechinot played a part in this year’s official Independence Day ceremonies. Meet the alumna who lit a torch on Mount Herzl
31/08/2022 - 13:43

The fourth annual Tzafit Gully disaster memorial

This Sunday, the heads of the mechinot and the families of some victims gathered in Yad Binyamin to mark the fourth anniversary of the Mechinat Bnei Zion disaster in Tzafit Gully. President Herzog: “We must…
17/03/2022 - 13:37

The human effect: Shibolim alumni tell their stories

To mark the end of Shibolim’s pilot phase, we asked young people who attended mechina through Shibolim to tell us about the program in their own words. Read it all here
27/03/2022 - 12:27

Home, tech, and social frontiers: Alumni coordinators visit the Gaza border region

Alumni coordinators from the mechinot traveled to the Eshkol region to learn about local alumni projects and activities in the fields of community-building, high tech, agriculture, and more
27/03/2022 - 12:25

Mechina students celebrate 600 completions of a Talmudic tractate in memory of Esther Pollard

In the past few weeks, some 1,000 students at Orthodox mechinot completed Tractate Megillah 600 times in memory of Esther Pollard. Jonathan Pollard at the celebratory ceremony: “The power of the Torah is that it…
27/03/2022 - 12:18

International Women’s Day: Women mechina heads write about the women who inspire them

We asked Mechinat Tzahali head Michal Nagen, Mechinat Haviva Reik head Mika Barkat, IMPJ Mechina head Dr. Maayan Morag, and Mechinat Rut head Nitsan Safion to tell us about the women who inspire them most.…
31/08/2022 - 13:38

“I am a wheel”: Mechina students volunteer with Magen David Adom as COVID testers

Blue-clad students have been manning COVID testing stations throughout Israel for almost two months. Regional governments are pleased, and the mission-driven students are proud of their work
06/02/2022 - 18:55

“Mechina taught me how to live with intent”: A trans-Atlantic talk with Yachad alumni

We asked Yachad alumni to tell us a bit more about their experience at a mechina in Israel. They told us how it continues to influence them even now, and why they’ll definitely recommend it…
17/03/2022 - 13:48

“The mechina world forges our leaders.” President Herzog hosts Shibolim

Shibolim, the disabilities mainstreaming program of the mechinot, has completed its pilot phase. In a show of appreciation, the president of Israel hosted program staff and students at his official residence
17/03/2022 - 13:28

Changes on the ground, changes in the heart: With successful pilot phase over, Shibolim will now be fully funded by the government

Shibolim, the disability mainstreaming program of the mechinot, has completed its pilot phase with flying colors. As we look forward to an exciting ceremony at the President’s Residence, here are a few of our greatest…
27/03/2022 - 12:12

Joint Council of Mechinot marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities

In honor of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, some of our educators talked to us about their experiences with Shibolim, the disability mainstreaming program of the mechinot.
24/11/2021 - 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
24/11/2021 - 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…
24/11/2021 - 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…
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