News & Updates

Ongoing Updates From The Joint Council of Mechinot
Thursday, 13 June 2019 12:50

Nature shouldn’t be handicapped: Shibolink meets with KKL to improve hiking trail accessibility

It was the beginning of the mechina year when Shibolink first took up the issue. Now the team has met with KKL to explore how they can work together to improve hiking trail accessibility

Sunday, 09 June 2019 11:58

Independence Day 2019: Nine mechina graduates honored by President Reuven Rivlin for outstanding service in the IDF

We’re proud of the mechina alumni who were chosen this year to be honored by the president of Israel

Thursday, 30 May 2019 12:09

2018–2019 Alumni Coordinators Forum: Looking back, looking forward

Retaining and developing mechina alumni as a community is an ongoing challenge, and one of the main missions of the mechina world. The Alumni Coordinators Forum held a series of meetings this year to boost alumni community activity

Sunday, 19 May 2019 12:03

Marking a year since the Tzafit Gully disaster: A Joint Council seminar in memory of the victims

A year after the flash flood that struck candidates for Mechinat Bnei Zion during a hike, the Joint Council held a memorial seminar for the ten victims

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 12:26

Mechinat Melach HaAretz celebrates its tenth anniversary: This is how the mechina prepares for Passover and gets ready for its second decade

For the tenth time, in the best tradition of Mechinat Melach HaAretz, students celebrated an early Seder at the foot of Masada. The mechina already has two branches, an incentivized work program, and a yearly self-discovery journey through Greece. So how did it wrap up its first 10 years, and what is the true meaning of freedom?

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 12:21

“You shall tell your child”: An alumna of the Meitzar Academy for Leadership and Social Responsibility invites you to take part in the circle of memory

Just before Passover, Adi Bismut, an alumna of Meitzar Academy and Director of Partnerships, Organizations, and Accessibility at Zikaron BaSalon, tells about the importance of preserving the memory of the Holocaust and her efforts to develop a broad awareness of memory amid the Israeli public

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 14:44

Otzem Pre-military Torah Academy founder Rafi Peretz and Mechinat Nachshon alumnus Chili Tropper elected to the 21st Knesset

The Joint Council of Mechinot and the entire mechina world congratulate our friends Rabbi Rafi Peretz, chairman of the United Right and founder of the Otzem Pre-military Torah Academy, and Chili Tropper, a member of the Blue and White alliance and graduate of the first class of Mechinat Nachshon, on their election to the 21st Knesset

Sunday, 14 April 2019 14:37

Educating for Community: Be’Artzeinu tours the Gaza perimeter

Mechina heads toured the Gaza perimeter with representatives of KKL and the Eshkol Regional Council as part of the Educating for Community program

Sunday, 14 April 2019 14:25

Back to mechina—as a counselor: 50 mechina alumni attended a new kind of conference

The Joint Council hosted the first introductory conference for mechina counselor positions. The goal: to connect interested alumni to the mechinot and encourage them to return as counselor

Sunday, 07 April 2019 14:20

The Third Annual Nes Harim Conference: Everything that happened at the mechina heads’ yearly gathering

A review of mechina safety in light of the Tzafit Gully disaster, cultivating the partnership between the mechina world and KKL, developing alumni community efforts, and deep discussions about this year’s theme—Tolerance vs. Freedom

Monday, 01 April 2019 14:15

New student-led Shibolim action group at the Mechina at Hannaton

The activism team of the Mechina at Hannaton initiated a collaboration with Shibolim to work for improved handicapped accessibility. Avigayil, who devised the project with her friends, tells about the first session

Friday, 22 March 2019 13:53

This is how they celebrated Purim at the mechinot

In honor of Purim, mechina students participated in a range of volunteer activities and in events put on by their host communities.

Sunday, 17 March 2019 20:11

Nature for all: New Shibolink campaign seeks to make Israel’s nature trails more accessible

Social mapping tool planned to aggregate information about trail safety and accessibility

Sunday, 10 March 2019 12:39

“You’re the ones who will light the spark for the next generation”

Over a decade has passed since he was a mechina student himself. Though it’s been five years since he became a counselor, Netanel Hersh still misses it Heartfelt words about coming back as a counselor, the mission, and the spark

Sunday, 10 March 2019 12:13

A salute to women who make a difference: Young women at mechina celebrate Women’s Day 2019

We asked three students at different mechinot and one alumna to write about inspirational women whose willpower and perseverance produced meaningful change in society, education, or science, in Israel or elsewhere. Here’s what they had to say

Thursday, 07 March 2019 12:45

Congratulations! 11 mechina alumni finished the prestigious naval officer training course this week

Yesterday’s naval officer training graduation ceremony broke a record. This time on the parade ground at the IDF Navy Training Base stood no fewer than 11 mechina graduates!

Monday, 11 February 2019 11:02

Family Day 2019: How we became parents of twins and founded a mechina at the same time

Dror and Nevo, the twins of directors Hila Gerchman and Matan Hoffman, were born a day before the Ayanot affiliate of Mechinat Aderet opened for its first class. A year and a half later, the young family is celebrating Family Day in the bosom of the mechina.

Sunday, 10 February 2019 10:57

Dialogue circles: The Yemin Orde Mechina in the fight against racism

Following the death of Yehuda Biadga and the Ethiopian community’s demonstration, the Yemin Orde Mechina conducted a study and dialogue project in Jerusalem’s Zion Square to raise awareness of discrimination and racism against Ethiopian Israelis

Thursday, 07 February 2019 10:47

2018 Knights of Quality Government: The students of Mechinat Kerem-El

The prestigious award was presented at a special ceremony recognizing the public relations work done by the mechina’s Druze and Jewish students with a range of audiences in Israeli society

Tuesday, 05 February 2019 10:43

Advocating for equality: The second meeting of the National Steering Committee for Gender Issues

The meeting was attended by representatives from a number of mechinot. Still to come: an educational product on gender for distribution at the mechinot

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