News & Updates

Ongoing Updates From The Joint Council of Mechinot
Monday, 14 May 2018 10:51

Two weeks after calamity: An update from Dani Zamir, CEO of the Joint Council of Mechinot

“We’ll put in order all of the rules and regulations, and we’ll learn and apply all of the lessons regarding safety and security, but is there not always the human factor? That factor is we, and the things that need to be reassessed and reconstructed: our culture of discussion, our culture of readiness, the culture of investigating the accident ‘that almost was’ or any other event of ours, our staff’s culture of voicing doubts, the culture of complacency and hubris.”

Sunday, 20 May 2018 14:17

Shavuot at the mechinot: Renewal in Ayanot

When the directors of a mechina are a married couple and they have twins the day before the mechina’s first class arrives, it’s definitely a mechina with a family feel.

Monday, 14 May 2018 14:34

Jerusalem Day and Memorial Day for Ethiopian Jews Who Perished on Their Way to Israel

Arriving in Jerusalem among thousands of others, mechina students participated in a wide range of activities in the city’s honor and in memory of the Ethiopian Jews who died on their journey to Zion.

Thursday, 10 May 2018 14:11

On the way to equality: Legislation mandating recognition of mechina students with disabilities passed first reading

Good news! An amendment to increase the number of students with disabilities at the mechinot passed first reading at the Knesset.

Monday, 30 April 2018 10:31

Lt. Gen. Shlomo Aharonishky appointed field safety consultant

The Joint Council of Mechinot this morning appointed Lt. Gen. (ret.) Shlomo Aharonishky, former inspector general of the Israel Police, as external consultant to the mechinot on field safety and security.

Sunday, 29 April 2018 10:38

Thousands at yesterday’s memorial service for the ten mechina students who died in Tzafit Gully

Thousands of Israelis congregated yesterday evening in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square and Jerusalem’s Zion Square to mourn the nine young women and one young man who were killed in the disaster in the Negev.

Thursday, 26 April 2018 10:28

With regrets: Disaster in the Negev

The Joint Council of Mechinot extends its condolences to the families of the young people of Mechinat Bnei Zion who were lost during team-building exercises in the Negev.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 14:09

Preparatory seminar for next year’s non-Israeli mechina students

Some 36 young men and women from the US will come to Israel next year to experience the mechinot. Last week, they attended a preparatory seminar about the adventure that awaits.

Sunday, 08 April 2018 13:30

Passover at the mechinot: Cleaning, volunteering, and eating!

All over Israel, the mechinot didn’t pass over the holiday’s traditions. A short look at Passover as experienced at mechina.

Friday, 23 March 2018 13:25

Second Annual Nes Harim Conference

A summary of the second annual conference of mechina heads

Sunday, 18 March 2018 13:21

Mechina Day on the Israel National Trail

Mechina Day 2018 was dedicated to Israel’s seventieth anniversary and the partnership between the mechinot, the KKL, and Israel Trail Encounter.

Sunday, 25 February 2018 14:44

Beit Midrash for mechina heads: Final session of 2017–2018

Twenty-two mechina heads and directors came together to discuss the burning issues affecting the mechina world.

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.

Thursday, 22 February 2018 10:40

Record match level for high school seniors and mechinot: More than 80% of accepted applicants admitted to first choice of mechina

The new placement system of the traditional and secular mechinot is a success. Eighty percent of accepted  candidates were admitted to their first choice.

Saturday, 10 February 2018 10:57

Fifteen young families attend Be’Artzeinu Kerem Shalom introductory conference

An introductory conference for Be’Artzeinu’s Kerem Shalom project was held last Thursday with the participation of Dr. Yoaz Hendel.

Friday, 02 February 2018 11:01

Tu Bishvat: Celebrating nature and study at the mechinot

Tree-planting, community events, a Tu Bishbat seder, and more as the mechinot celebrate Tu Bishvat.

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.

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