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Greetings from Joint Council CEO Dani Zamir as the Mechina Year Begins

Today is the beginning of the mechina experience for students at traditional and secular mechinot. They join their peers at the Orthodox mechinot, who arrived at the beginning of the month of Elul. A message to the students and staff of the mechinot from Dani Zamir, CEO of the Joint Council of Mechinot (Pre-Military Leadership Academies), as the year begins

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 11:19

Today the new academic year begins in earnest, as the Orthodox mechinot are joined by their secular and traditional counterparts.

Almost 3,000 new high school graduates and about 750 second-year students have arrived at the 53 mechinot and their affiliates, in some 80 communities across Israel!

The young Israeli men and women of the mechinot come from homes of all kinds, from cities and villages, north and south, well-to-do households and needy families, right and left, secular and religious. Together, they embark on a life-altering journey that is critical for the future of the State of Israel.

Thirty thousand mechina alumni have already made their mark as commanders in the IDF and as civilian leaders in government ministries, the school system, and civil society. Last year, thanks to a new and unique partnership with the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL), we also founded HeChalutz: Strengthening Israeli Communities, a movement that will help alumni make their permanent homes in the Israeli periphery. The mechinot are open to everyone. All motivated high school graduates who want an arduous, challenging gap year that will change the world and their lives will find a place at the mechinot. Financial, medical, and physical difficulties are no barrier. Much the contrary—come and challenge us!

This year, we are implementing a new, software-driven recruitment process for the secular and traditional mechinot to help simplify and streamline the recruitment and registration process.

Many thanks to all our dear partners and supporters, and good luck to all the men and women of the mechinot, our alumni, and our dedicated staff.

Acclaimed Israeli poet Nathan Alterman once wrote that the nation of Israel did not know when the fighters of the Palmach secretly set out on their way to lead the nation. But today, the nation knows that you, dear mechina students, have set out. The nation expects you to join the ranks of the leadership that is fighting to shape the character of our country. Go out and prove yourselves!

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