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Haaretz: Mechinot “a big hit among American Jews”

Journalist Judy Maltz reported on impressive interest among American Jews in the mechina experience. This year alone, the Joint Council’s Yachad program brought some 160 students from abroad to attend mechina in Israel.

09/11/2021 - 19:13

This Wednesday, Haaretz journalist Judy Maltz published an article under the headline “How Israel’s Pre-army Gap Year Programs Became a Big Hit among American Jews.” For the item, she interviewed a range of young people who decided to spend a year at a mechina in Israel after high school.

Yoav Persitz, a New Jerseyan currently enrolled at Mechinat Nachshon in Kibbutz Shoval, talked in his interview for the article about a recent hike: “These are things you don’t experience in America, I’m out of my comfort zone here, but you know what? It’s been a good thing. I like being physically challenged like this.”

“With a growing number of mechina programs starting to accept applications from high school graduates outside the country, spending a gap year in Israel under one roof with native Israelis has finally become an option. And many are jumping at it.”

As noted in the article, “with a growing number of mechina programs starting to accept applications from high school graduates outside the country, spending a gap year in Israel under one roof with native Israelis has finally become an option. And many are jumping at it.”

Joint Council CEO Dani Zamir was also interviewed for the article. Though this year there are just 160 participants, “Zamir projects that within a few years, the number participating in this special track, known as ‘Yachad’ (the Hebrew word for ‘together’), will top 500.”

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