News & Updates

Ongoing Updates From The Joint Council of Mechinot
Sunday, 28 October 2018 13:32

About one-third of infantry officer course graduates are mechina alumni

At an infantry officer course graduation ceremony last Thursday, the mechinot achieved a new record: about one-third of graduates were alumni of the mechinot.

Monday, 22 October 2018 13:22

From learning to doing: The Community-Building Educational Reader has been released

Education as prelude to action: The reader that will harness future mechina graduates to the mission of settling Israel’s periphery.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 14:19

Voting for a difference: Mechina alumni running in local elections

Local elections are set to take place on October 30. We met with mechina alumni who chose to run for local government in order to take responsibility for the way things are and take action for the sake of residents.

Thursday, 04 October 2018 13:26

Ties between generations: The mechinot mark Yom Kippur

This Yom Kippur was marked differently by every mechina, each one in its own unique way.

Thursday, 20 September 2018 13:10

Ready, go! How did the mechinot start the year?

With ceremonies, hikes, and team building, the mechinot have begun a new year.

Thursday, 06 September 2018 13:37

Joint Council of Mechinot announces 2017–2018 Alumni Prize winners

Six alumni who stand out for their work for Israeli society will be honored in a festive ceremony next week.

Sunday, 02 September 2018 13:25

Teachers for life: Mechina graduates working in education begin another year of putting values into action

Five teachers talk about daily work in education, teaching, ethics, and shaping the next generation

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 14:13

The many faces of Judaism: Mechinot encounter different Jewish denominations

Pluralistic Judaism and Jewish Peoplehood projects close out a third year of intercultural encounters.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018 14:07

NIS 30 million donation from KKL to strengthen mechinot in the north

As part of the agreements underpinning the Development Plan for Northern Israel, KKL provided NIS 30 million for renovations at the 13 mechinot in the north.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 13:58

It’s final: Young people with disabilities to be recognized as mechina students

The amendment promises equitable budgeting for mechina students with disabilities as of this coming year.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 13:04

Ceremonies, wrapping up, and looking to the future: Year’s end at the mechinot

A song, a hike, a final bit of building, a goodbye hug: The mechinot mark the end of a year, each in its own way.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 13:00

Training day for engagement coordinators at the mechinot

At every mechina where students from Shibolim are mainstreamed, there are mainstreaming coordinators whose job is to make sure the process proceeds in the best way possible. How? Last week they came together for a training day on the topic.

Thursday, 22 March 2018 13:15

History in the making: The Covenant of the Mechinot has been signed

The heads of all 53 mechinot signed a covenant declaring the objectives, points of consensus, and ethical constraints that bind all of the mechinot.

Thursday, 14 June 2018 12:55

Building an alumni community: The Alumni Department wraps up a year of development and learning

How do you build an alumni community? It’s a question that alumni coordinators at the mechinot tried to answer this year.

Thursday, 14 June 2018 12:52

See you next year: Shibolim’s second class is set to graduate

Efrat Aharoni, program director of Shibolim, writes about the year that was and the year that will be.

Thursday, 14 June 2018 12:50

Number of women in management roles at mechinot jumps hundreds percent

Over the past five years, more and more women have been taking on senior management positions in the world of the mechinot. How did this change happen? With a lot of hard work and an understanding that this is just one small step of many on the way to gender equality.

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.”

Thursday, 07 June 2018 10:59

My Africa: Minsharim Kalu alumnus Eshel Lev-Or, now training Ethiopian farmers, believes that equality will sprout from the earth

For the past three years, Eshel Lev-Or has been working with Fair Planet to realize the vision of bringing the bounty of the developed world to Ethiopia.

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 12:21

Always learning: Congratulations to the second class of Emda graduates!

Fourteen students from 12 mechinot took part in Emda’s second year of training for senior mechina staff.

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.

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