News & Updates

Ongoing Updates From The Joint Council of Mechinot
Sunday, 09 August 2020 00:59

Over 25 percent of naval officer training graduates are mechina alumni!

New navy officer Lt. Nitzan Elkon, an alumna of Mechinat Rabin, joins Rabin graduate Maya Spier, who completed training in March 2019. Together, they account for half of all women who have completed naval officer training in the past year!

Monday, 10 August 2020 00:27

Women’s Day: Leaders of women’s mechinot talk about the single-sex mechina experience

Not long ago, women’s mechinot, such as Tzahali and Lapidot, were mainly for young religious women getting ready to serve in the IDF. In recent years, though, a number of non-Orthodox mechinot have answered the challenge, too. In honor of Women’s Day 2020, a mechina director and a mechina head explain why they chose to offer a single-sex mechina experience

Sunday, 09 August 2020 01:29

Celebrating Adar: The students of the Orthodox mechinot celebrate finishing Tractate Megilla—400 times!

Hundreds of participants from all the Orthodox mechinot came together to celebrate as they finished studying Tractate Megilla in honor of Purim. Zamir: “The foundation of the partnership underpinning the world of the mechinot is Zionism, defined as an independent and befitting national home for the Jews in the Land of Israel. This is the way to bring together the worlds of the Orthodox and the non-Orthodox mechinot”

Sunday, 09 August 2020 01:34

Back to Mechina: The second annual mechina counselor candidates conference for alumni

Over 150 individuals attended this weekend’s event to hear about available positions at whole-year and half-year mechinot. Shifroni: “The backbone of social struggles that mechina alumni join is made up of dedicated mechina alumni who returned as counselors”

Monday, 10 August 2020 21:25

“It’s exciting that young people with disabilities want to serve”: Shibolim graduates get their berets

The Shibolim alumni of 2019 are already serving in a variety of roles in the IDF. At a recent ceremony, some of these volunteers received their orange berets. Pvt. Einav Galperin: “It’s a good choice, and it’s fun to prove that disabilities can’t stop us”

Monday, 10 August 2020 19:02

Follow them to the Galilee: The Mechina at Hannaton presents an engaged Jewish sensibility in a Galilean ambience

This mechina was one of the first to bring in students with disabilities, in a move that later led to the creation of Shibolim. It’s also the only mechina that operates in the spirit of pluralism and the Conservative Movement. A close-up view of the Mechina at Hannaton

Sunday, 02 February 2020 23:23

Accessible intercity transit: Shibolink launches a new campaign

This year, the students of Shibolink decided to build awareness of public transport accessibility. As they wrote to Minister of Transport Bezalel Smotrich, “Whether individuals with disabilities can integrate in society is heavily dependent on their ability to move around independently and on the accessibility of mass transit.” Their request: make 10 existing intercity lines physically and sensorily accessible

Monday, 10 August 2020 19:09

One-and-a-half years, 15 families across Israel: Tifferet Oryah’s quest for her Shabbat

Ignoring the fissures in Israeli society, she decided in a moment of inspiration to launch a far-reaching project of exposure to Israelis’ different models of Shabbat. Two years later, armed with a big smile, Tifferet Oryah is processing the powerful experience she arranged for herself, finishing a book about the experience, and preparing an intimate lecture about her journey

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 00:01

Diaspora Jewry and Israel: An AmiUnity seminar for mechina students

Participants at the one-of-a-kind event learned about Diaspora Jewry, talked about Jewish peoplehood, and heard the stories of students who decided to come to Israel to attend mechina. The event is one of the three AmiUnity seminars being conducted for the mechinot this year

Monday, 06 January 2020 23:52

The Council of Mechina Students 2.0: Dozens attend first session of 2019–2020

Activism, responsibility, and unity. These are the values that the council chose for this year. At a busy first session, students learned about the different mechinot and the Joint Council of Mechinot, and worked together to come up with a shared project to execute this year

Tuesday, 24 December 2019 00:05

Going out with a bang: After 20 years of partnership, the Joint Council of Mechinot bids farewell to the Avi Chai Foundation

“The men and women of the foundation were true partners who helped us probe, learn, improve our professional capacities and contend with what required improvement, and construct an enthralling and vibrant world of renewal and creativity that is Jewish, socially oriented, and current”, wrote Joint Council CEO Dani Zamir. The complete farewell as it appeared on Facebook

Sunday, 15 December 2019 00:13

Be’Artzeinu at the Makor Rishon Conference: “There is space in the periphery both for self-actualization and for mission and meaning”

The recent Makor Rishon Conference in Jerusalem was attended by the leaders of Be’Artzeinu, the Mechina Alumni Community-Building Project, with the goal of publicizing the community-building movement led by mechina graduates in the Negev and the Galilee. The project is led by Be’Artzeinu along with KKL as part of KKL–JNF 2040: Moving to the Land of Tomorrow

Thursday, 12 December 2019 00:22

A historic moment: Launching the Movement of Mechina Alumni in North America

The inauguration of the Movement of Mechina Alumni in North America came on a packed weened at the IAC National Summit in Miami. Joint Council of Mechinot CEO Dani Zamir said: “The Jewish and Israeli community in the United States is in need of involved young people, and mechina alumni studying there are just what the doctor ordered”

Tuesday, 03 December 2019 00:39

“At mechina, I realized that I’m able to develop a life of independence”

The Ministry of Justice held a conference to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. At a roundtable discussion of leadership development among young people with disabilities, Maya Lander, a graduate of Shibolim at Mechinat BINA, talked about her experiences during the mechina year

Thursday, 14 November 2019 00:35

To Jerusalem on a Trekker: Mechinat Lachish shows how it’s done - even with a physical disability

Shibolim has been working for three years already to make it possible for young people with disabilities to participate in mechina, with all the challenges and adjustments that come with that. A look at a trek by Mechinat Lachish, complete with off-road wheelchairs for those with disabilities

Sunday, 03 November 2019 23:38
Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:14
Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:05

This year in numbers: How many new mechinot opened this year?

We’re starting off the year with some new numbers

Dear Mechina Staff and Students,

The Joint Council of Mechinot (Pre-Military Leadership Academies) wishes you a year of fulfillment, enjoyment, and learning.

Be your best!

Sunday, 06 October 2019 23:35

Shibolink 2020: A new group of leaders hits the road

A new year begins, and with it new participants in Shibolim and Link 20’s unique joint leadership program. The goal: to improve equality of opportunity and boost awareness of the participation of individuals with disabilities in society

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