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Ongoing Updates From The Joint Council of Mechinot
Sunday, 14 March 2021 00:12

Putting it all into action: A Beit Yisrael alumna lives and serves with her mechina’s values

Shachar Bar-Itzhak has already served three-and-a-half years in the IDF, but she’s just getting started. She’s a deputy company commander at Chavat HaShomer, yet still lives in Arad as part of an Am;VaAretz group she…
Sunday, 07 March 2021 00:07

Back to Mechina conference attracts 250 alumni

The third Back to Mechina conference took place virtually this Friday. Participants were urged to come home and help cultivate the next generation of mechina students
Wednesday, 03 March 2021 00:05

New combat officers: One in four graduated from a mechina

This Wednesday, the parade ground at Training Base 1 filled up with new combat officers for a stirring ceremony marking the end of their course. We’re proud to report that one of every four new…
Sunday, 28 February 2021 00:02

The need of the hour: Mechinot mobilize for unity

In the midst of the election campaign and pandemic, Israeli influencers gathered at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem to launch the Unity Pact. Joint Council CEO Zamir: “We’re setting out, simply because we have no…
Thursday, 31 December 2020 01:22

“The most wonderful example of how a person is supposed to think and act”: A Shibolim graduate makes his mark in the IDF

Avichai’s commander: I discovered a soldier with tremendous motivation to serve and contribute, inspired by values from his upbringing and the education he had received since childhood.
Wednesday, 04 November 2020 15:03

The complete interviews: Leading Israelis intellectuals hold forth during the Yitzhak Rabin memorial of the mechinot

Ahead of last week’s joint ceremony, students from Mechinot Ami Chai, Lapidot, Melach HaAretz, and Oz Shlomo went to speak with intellectuals from all over the spectrum of Israeli society. Watch the complete interviews with…
Sunday, 15 November 2020 22:18

We’re brothers—even when we argue: Mechinot hold joint memorial for Yitzhak Rabin

Twenty-five years after the Rabin assassination, a joint memorial held by all secular, traditional, Orthodox, and mixed mechinot throughout Israel was broadcast to all their students. The ceremony emphasized the importance of national unity, respectful…
Monday, 05 October 2020 22:18

From the Mechina of the Upper Galilee to Harvard: This is how a year at mechina changed Eleanor Blum

Eleanor Blum, an alumna of Yachad at the Mechina of the Upper Galilee, just finished her degree studies at Harvard University. Now, she looks back at what made her return for mechina after not being…
Thursday, 10 September 2020 23:47

Shibolim closes out its fourth year: A Shiboletter with all the updates, brought to you by students and alumni

Shibolim, the program that helps so many young people with disabilities attend mechina, has completed its fourth year of operations. From volunteer work to the coronavirus outbreak, here’s a Shiboletter full of updates for the…
Friday, 11 September 2020 00:06

The Pre-Military Leadership Academy Alumni Community-Building Project: Be’Artzeinu speeds onward

In partnership with KKL, the community-building movement of mechina alumni continues to devise events and lead processes to introduce young people to opportunities in the periphery, from the inauguration of the Western Negev Trail, to…
Thursday, 10 September 2020 23:09

Yachad: North American mechina students at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus

Yachad, a program of the Joint Council, recruits dozens of young people from North America every year to attend mechina in Israel. This year, as a result of the coronavirus crisis, many students stayed in…
Friday, 11 September 2020 00:11

What’s a female mechina head called in Hebrew? The Joint Council gender project wraps up its fourth year

Representatives from mechinot participating in Lishmah, the mechina gender studies project, met twice this year for steering committee meetings. Committee members discussed gender in the military, met army officers and a gender lecturer, heard from…
Thursday, 10 September 2020 23:35

Jewish Peoplehood: The Joint Council and Jewish Agency sum up a special collaboration

This year, 700 students and staff from 11 Orthodox, secular, and traditional mechinot participated in Jewish Peoplehood, a special collaboration of the Jewish Agency and the Joint Council of Mechinot that seeks to connect mechina…
Wednesday, 08 July 2020 22:52

Leaders in the fight against the coronavirus: Mechina students volunteer together across Israel

As the coronavirus outbreak’s first wave came to an end, mechina students returned to their mechinot to get ready for year-end activities. We’ve prepared a video to sum up the wide-ranging work that all of…
Friday, 11 September 2020 00:19

The IDF’s 180th flight school class: 20% of new pilots are mechina graduates

An alumna of the Mechina of the Upper Galilee graduated from flight school, joining her grandfather, an Irgun fighter and commander. An alumnus of Mechinat Bnei David in Eli found time during the first wave…
Tuesday, 09 June 2020 00:31

“My disability pushed me to want to be more successful”

Tunusau Adya, a Shibolim participant at Mechinat Lavi, suffers from vision problems. Yet he’s inspired by his disability to capture new heights. His message: “You’ve just got to understand that if you have a handicap,…
Friday, 05 June 2020 11:00

Joint Council of Mechinot wins 2020 Jerusalem Unity Prize

Today (Tuesday, June 2) we mark Jewish Unity Day for the sixth time. This year’s theme: Alone and United . At an inspiring ceremony with the participation of President Reuven Rivlin, the Ifrach, Shaer, and…
Wednesday, 13 May 2020 13:57

Two years later: Thousands participate in memorial ceremony for victims of Mechinat Bnei Zion disaster

The ceremony, held in Tzafit Gully with bereaved families, mechina heads, and public figures, was broadcast to all mechina students. Zamir: “All of us are astounded and grateful for the nobility of character shown by…
Monday, 20 April 2020 23:46

Mechinot collaborate with Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael to combat coronavirus

Thanks to our friends at KKL and HaShomer HaChadash for helping with connections and logistics. All activities are conducted according to the directives of the Ministry of Health
Monday, 20 April 2020 23:46

Mechinot collaborate with Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael to combat coronavirus

Thanks to our friends at KKL and HaShomer HaChadash for helping with connections and logistics. All activities are conducted according to the directives of the Ministry of Health

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