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“I learned how to live with people and appreciate the people and things around me a lot more” Yachad students wrap it all up

The Joint Council held a seminar to close out the Yachad year at the mechinot. Mechina of the Upper Galilee student Ori Karni: “The seminar gave all the foreign students some time to think about the end of mechina and what comes next”

12/07/2022 - 19:30

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This Thursday, the 100 young people taking part in the Joint Council’s Yachad program this year convened at Chavat HaTzofim to mark the end of the experience. As participants in Yachad, which helps candidates from abroad attend mechina, the students arrived in Israel from all over the world at the beginning of the year and were placed in 13 different mechinot. Now, with the end approaching, they came together for a seminar workshop to wrap up the intensive months of mechina. This was their chance to say goodbye to each other. It was also their opportunity to talk about how they’d keep working toward their goals as mechina alumni and what they’d take with them for the rest of their lives.

After the seminar, we talked with Ori Karni of Atlanta, a student at the Ma’ayan Baruch branch of the Mechina of the Upper Galilee. He told us about how he arrived at mechina with specific goals in mind and went on to achieve them. “I decided to do a mechina year to improve my Hebrew, learn new content I hadn’t learned before, hike Israel, make new friends, and get closer to my family,” said Ori. “My expectations came true: my Hebrew got better, and I found really good friends.”

“I decided to do a mechina year to improve my Hebrew, learn new content I hadn’t learned before, hike Israel, make new friends, and get closer to my family. My expectations came true: my Hebrew got better, and I found really good friends.”

Ori also obliged when we asked him to offer some advice to next year’s Yachad students, who recently attended an introductory seminar in the United States: “Come with an open mind, and ask questions about everything you don’t understand.” Mechina can be a challenge for students from outside Israel, but that, said Ori, is why there are Yachad seminars. “It’s a chance to take a little break from mechina and talk with other people from abroad with a similar perspective, and spend time together, talk, and form new relationships. It’s important to have that kind of a seminar so all the foreign students have some time to recap the mechina experience, think about what comes next, and meet other foreign students.”

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“There are a lot of things that I’ll take with me from mechina for the years to come, if not much longer. More than anything else, I learned how to live with people and appreciate the people and things around me a lot more.”

After he graduates from mechina, Ori will go back to America for college. “I thought about it for a long time,” he said, “and it’s important to say that there are no good choices or bad choices. It’s just a matter of what’s best for the person making the decision. There are a lot of things that I’ll take with me from mechina for the years to come, if not much longer. More than anything else, I learned how to live with people and appreciate the people and things around me a lot more.”

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