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Ongoing Updates From The Joint Council of Mechinot
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…
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.…
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…
09/11/2021 - 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.
09/11/2021 - 19:09

PM Naftali Bennett: “A major opportunity to change our society and lay the foundations for a better future"

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…
17/11/2021 - 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.…
25/11/2021 - 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…
24/06/2021 - 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…
24/05/2021 - 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…
20/05/2021 - 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…
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