“On Thursday, March 19, at exactly 6:00 p.m.,” wrote the students of the class of 2020 at Mechinat Hadar, “all of us will clap our hands for two minutes in honor of our medical workers. We will stand on balconies, in private yards and gardens, in houses with windows open, in hospitals and supermarkets. The activity will take place simultaneously across Israel. Even at this special time, the directives of the Ministry of Health must not be violated.
LeRega Otzrim, Toda Makirim (Hebrew) (Pause and Appreciate) took Israel by storm yesterday evening. The initiative was broadcast live on television and social media. Afterward, the mechina’s students summed up: “Wow! We did it! Thanks to everyone who took part and helped make this crazy thing a reality. Most of all, thank you to our amazing medical workers who are working around the clock. It’s great to see how united the nation is even in this difficult time! Be well. The Mechinat Hadar class of 2020.”
Even now, the mechinot are doing everything possible to stick to their routine (Hebrew). With online classes (Hebrew), solo fitness training, and safe community volunteer work adapted as necessary, the mechinot are doing all they can to contend with the coronavirus.
Joint Council of Mechinot CEO Dani Zamir said: “Over 2,000 mechina students have volunteered individually, while following directives, with local governments, in hospitals, and in providing relief to the isolated and elderly since the start of the coronavirus crisis.”