More than 300 young Israeli men and women participated in a conference hosted by the Mateh Asher administrative region for Be’Artzeinu, the Mechina Alumni Community-Building Project, featuring Mateh Asher mayor Yoram Israeli and KKL chairman Danny Atar.
Be’Artzeinu was established to consolidate the efforts of mechina alumni to build new communities and strengthen existing ones. We believe that community-building in the social and geographic periphery of Israel is the most important Zionist project of our day. The movement already has dozens of members living in a range of communities, and we’re in the process of expanding our activities to new areas throughout Israel, where mechina alumni and their friends will found and cultivate additional communities.
In his remarks at the conference, KKL Chairman Danny Atar said, “The historic community-building movements no longer build communities. Be’Artzeinu, the movement of the mechina alumni, is the most promising and encouraging development in the field of community-building today in terms of the social revolution happening in the Galilee and Negev. The idea of Be’Artzeinu, that mechina alumni will strengthen the cities from within—this is the best way, and the most suitable.”
We’re proud of our successful conference and excited by how enthusiastic alumni of the mechinot are about building new communities, strengthening older ones, and pushing forward the Zionist project.
We expect Be’Artzeinu’s activity to accelerate in the coming months, as many more alumni join the effort. Good luck!