Over the past several weeks, all mechina students have spread out on volunteer missions across Israel, manning Magen David Adom call centers, helping medical professionals’ families, and lending a hand in agriculture. What the mechinot are doing during the crisis reflects their worldview and that of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael through the will to continue the work of Zionism and care for the people of Israel. The students carefully follow the directives of the Ministry of Health, maintain good hygiene, and make sure to protect themselves.
Talya Hazani, a volunteer from the Mechina at Hannaton who is helping to provide daycare for the children of Hannaton’s medical professionals, says that “there’s something about giving right now that’s much more meaningful than just another babysitting job. It’s great to have the opportunity to give the medical workers a break and help take care of their kids. For me, being here in Hannaton during the corona outbreak is like being at home. I’ve become really attached to the mechina, and there’s no doubt that this is the best year of my life. The landscape here is just amazing. You go a hundred meters, and you’re in nature. It’s a weird experience for the mechina to be empty and the fifty guys who are normally here to be missing. There are just five of us here now. But the work we’re doing is very satisfying, and it gives me a feeling of fulfilment.”
“There’s something about giving right now that’s much more meaningful than just another babysitting job”
Ronnie Goldstein, the daycare volunteering coordinator for the Joint Council of Mechinot, said: “I get no end of satisfaction from the knowledge that I’ve successfully organized another group of volunteers to help doctors keep up their important work with a clear head. The dedication of staff members from the mechinot is heartwarming and has made it possible for them to come up with creative solutions for obstacles that came up along the way, such as lodging solutions and ways of getting volunteers where they need to go. I feel very privileged to have a job where I get to help in the fight against the coronavirus.”
Bar Sela, a student from Mechinat Aderet, volunteers in childcare