The Movement of Mechina Alumni in North America was launched at an exciting ceremony at this weekend’s IAC National Summit. Twelve pioneering mechina graduates were on hand for the occasion, representing the Mechina of the Upper Galilee, Mechinat Rabin, and Mechinat Nachshon. (These mechinot are among those that attract the most non-Israelis, along with Beit Yisrael, Arava, BINA, IMPJ, Aderet, and Lachish.) Eighty other participants also took part in the event, including parents of alumni and partners of the Joint Council from other organizations (the Tzofim, the IAC, and KKL). Many parents talked about how the mechina year had influenced their children and how the mechinot had enhanced their Israeli and Jewish identity, motivated them, and strengthened their connection to Israel.
In a post published after the ceremony, Dani Zamir wrote: “The fight for Israel on North American campuses is critical. The Jewish and Israeli community in the United States is in need of committed and engaged young activists, and mechina alumni studying there are just what the doctor ordered. For Israelis in North America, the mechinot have become a familiar and powerful trademark, and with good reason. Thank you to all those who participated. For all the rest, see the history books of tomorrow!”