Tamar Zeira, deputy CEO of the Joint Council of Mechinot (Pre-Military Leadership Academies) and alumni coordinator for the secular and traditional mechinot, reports:
Forty alumni from 11 mechinot (Aderet, Beit Yisrael, Gal, Upper Galilee, Jerusalem, Hanegev, Hannaton, Lachish, Ein Prat, Rabin, and Tavor) and five other service year programs met last Thursday and Friday for a 24-hour marathon that gave them tools and inspiration to do great things for society as freshly minted civilians.
With experience from eight seminars, we’ve arrived at a winning formula, including the presence and diversity of participants, a precise schedule calibrated to the goal of social achievements, a powerful, focused group process, and helping alumni have fun connecting with each other.
Shir Gilo, the coordinator of the seminar, writes:
“The seminar’s over. A bunch of amazing guys and girls who got together and came up with a crazy unique shared space …
We all left with energy and tools to set out on a life of doing great things. There are amazing alumni. When they sit together a bit, they can dream, ground themselves, build confidence, and understand that when there are others to work with, incredible things happen …”
Or, as the alumni put it:
“The individuals we met described ways to live a meaningful life, and it was really inspiring to meet them. Thank you!!”
“The seminar was amazing! It was very well done. It gave me a lot of food for thought and directions to explore and questions to ask.”
“I was really happy to be there, it was worth every minute. Amazing people, an important schedule , and lots of quality and depth over the whole seminar. I enjoyed learning so much, getting away from army life for a moment and going back to a life of action and the desire to produce change. I learned a lot, and I’m taking the amazing, inspirational lectures with me for the way.”
Many thanks to Shir Gilo for her savvy, inspirational management of the event; the alumni coordinators for being great partners as always; Tze’irim Bamercaz; and especially Orli Jackson-Cohen and Eldad Weil, the director of the center , who did everything to help with hospitality, funding, and content; and to the older alumni who gave lectures, led sessions, and inspired the participants (Shir Gilo, Omer Levkovich, Tamar Yahel, Gilad Zilbershtein, Einat Datner, Amir Lis, Hadas Lerner, Daniel Yacobi, and many others).