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Thursday, 10 September 2020 23:47

Shibolim closes out its fourth year: A Shiboletter with all the updates, brought to you by students and alumni

Shibolim, the program that helps so many young people with disabilities attend mechina, has completed its fourth year of operations. From volunteer work to the coronavirus outbreak, here’s a Shiboletter full of updates for the end of the year, with columns written by program alumni (including a winner of the President’s Prize!), a unique gallery of photos shot by a participant, and a couple that met thanks to Shibolim.

Friday, 11 September 2020 00:06

The Pre-Military Leadership Academy Alumni Community-Building Project: Be’Artzeinu speeds onward

In partnership with KKL, the community-building movement of mechina alumni continues to devise events and lead processes to introduce young people to opportunities in the periphery, from the inauguration of the Western Negev Trail, to community-building collaborations in the Negev and Galilee, to the Young Cities Hackathon. The Be’Artzeinu team sums up a busy year

Thursday, 10 September 2020 23:09

Yachad: North American mechina students at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus

Yachad, a program of the Joint Council, recruits dozens of young people from North America every year to attend mechina in Israel. This year, as a result of the coronavirus crisis, many students stayed in Israel longer to take part in the broad volunteer efforts led by the mechinot. Here are all the year’s Yachad updates, including a new mechina alumni organization in the US

Friday, 11 September 2020 00:11

What’s a female mechina head called in Hebrew? The Joint Council gender project wraps up its fourth year

Representatives from mechinot participating in Lishmah, the mechina gender studies project, met twice this year for steering committee meetings. Committee members discussed gender in the military, met army officers and a gender lecturer, heard from nonprofits activists and LGBT mechina alumni, and considered whether a woman who heads a mechina is a rosh mechina or roshat mechina

Thursday, 10 September 2020 23:35

Jewish Peoplehood: The Joint Council and Jewish Agency sum up a special collaboration

This year, 700 students and staff from 11 Orthodox, secular, and traditional mechinot participated in Jewish Peoplehood, a special collaboration of the Jewish Agency and the Joint Council of Mechinot that seeks to connect mechina students to fundamental Jewish issues in Israel and the Diaspora

Wednesday, 08 July 2020 22:52

Leaders in the fight against the coronavirus: Mechina students volunteer together across Israel

As the coronavirus outbreak’s first wave came to an end, mechina students returned to their mechinot to get ready for year-end activities. We’ve prepared a video to sum up the wide-ranging work that all of Israel’s mechina students did during the crisis, in an impressive variety of volunteer and relief operations that included Magen David Adom call centers, agriculture, assistance for medical workers, and food distribution across Israel. Watch it here

Friday, 11 September 2020 00:19

The IDF’s 180th flight school class: 20% of new pilots are mechina graduates

An alumna of the Mechina of the Upper Galilee graduated from flight school, joining her grandfather, an Irgun fighter and commander. An alumnus of Mechinat Bnei David in Eli found time during the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak to meet the love of his life, marry her, and graduate from flight school. Among the 40 graduates of the 180th class of the IDF’s renowned flight school, eight are mechina alumni

Friday, 05 June 2020 11:00

Joint Council of Mechinot wins 2020 Jerusalem Unity Prize

Today (Tuesday, June 2) we mark Jewish Unity Day for the sixth time. This year’s theme: Alone and United . At an inspiring ceremony with the participation of President Reuven Rivlin, the Ifrach, Shaer, and Fraenkel families awarded the Jerusalem Unity Prize to the Joint Council of Mechinot. We’re proud to represent the entire mechina enterprise!

Wednesday, 13 May 2020 13:57

Two years later: Thousands participate in memorial ceremony for victims of Mechinat Bnei Zion disaster

The ceremony, held in Tzafit Gully with bereaved families, mechina heads, and public figures, was broadcast to all mechina students. Zamir: “All of us are astounded and grateful for the nobility of character shown by the parents, who are a fundamental part of righting what is wrong”

Monday, 20 April 2020 23:46

Mechinot collaborate with Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael to combat coronavirus

Thanks to our friends at KKL and HaShomer HaChadash for helping with connections and logistics. All activities are conducted according to the directives of the Ministry of Health

Monday, 20 April 2020 23:42

Students from the Mechina of the Upper Galilee fill in for quarantined Aleh staff

This week, some 2,500 mechina students took up a wide range of volunteer responsibilities in agriculture, daycare for children of medical professionals, Magen David Adom call centers, and assistance for at-risk groups. Zamir: “We’re carrying out the mechina students’ ultimate, bottom–up demand for action”

Sunday, 09 August 2020 01:17

Relief for medical workers: Mechina students deploy to provide daycare for doctors’ children

As part of the coronavirus relief campaign of the mechinot, Mechina at Hannaton student Talya Hazani is helping to provide daycare for medical workers’ children. “It’s great to have the opportunity to give the medical personnel a break and help take care of their kids”

Sunday, 09 August 2020 01:13

A Dream of freedom: A Haggada for the coronavirus era, brought to you by the students of Midreshet Shiluv

The harvest season kept no fewer than 30 mechinot busy this year in the days before Seder night. During this period, the students of Midreshet Shiluv in Natur produced a Passover Haggada, incorporating new passages that they wrote themselves. In the meantime, their volunteerism paid off. Rabbi Rozen: “Thousands of tons of fruit that would have been thrown out have been picked”

Sunday, 09 August 2020 01:04

From Dan to Eilat: Mechina volunteer work in the face of the coronavirus

Despite the crisis, the mechina enterprise remains a force for social engagement. In a 3,000-strong campaign, the students of the mechinot are volunteering throughout Israel in agriculture, daycare for medical workers’ children, a Magen David Adom call center, and assistance for the elderly. All activities comply with the directives of the Ministry of Health

Monday, 25 May 2020 00:35

Community service in the shadow of the coronavirus: An update from Shibolim participants

The new reality in which we find ourselves has forced the mechinot to answer the call and alter their activities accordingly. Even in this difficult time, community volunteering is a mainstay of the mechina world. Hundreds of students, including Shibolim participants, have mobilized for action in a variety of fields

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:27

Mechina Students Still Learning and Volunteering

Over 3,000 mechinot students are volunteering in different areas - from helping agricultural businesses, through staffing daycares, answering calls at the Magen David Adom hotline to online tutoring sessions and helping the elderly. The mechina lessons are being taught online and over 1,700 lessons conducted to over 3,000 students

Sunday, 09 August 2020 01:39

“My brush is my weapon. With it, I fight for every teen the system has written off”

Adir Leiba came up with Bein Adam LaMakom during his mechina year. Since then, he’s launched a string of other initiatives that combine his two loves of art and education. Also: this is how the coronavirus outbreak has affected his volunteer work as a Hatzalah paramedic

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 22:20

Answering the call: The Mechinot students for the agriculturists of Israel

Mechina students volunteering with agricultural businesses in coronavirus crisis. Zamir: “Above all, a mechina educates young people about answering the call, commitment to the Jewish people, and commitment to Israeli society”

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 22:08

A virtual beit midrash: The students of the mechinot are in. What about you?

In light of the spread of the coronavirus and the directives of Israel’s Ministry of Health, the Joint Council of Mechinot is launching an online database of lessons from the mechinot

Sunday, 09 August 2020 01:24

Put your hands together for the medical workers: Mechinat Derech Prat initiative takes Israel by storm

The students of Mechinat Hadar offer mass applause as a gesture of gratitude: “Thank you to our amazing medical workers who are working around the clock. It’s great to see how united the nation is even in this difficult time!”

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