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Ongoing Updates From The Joint Council of Mechinot
10/09/2020 - 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…
11/09/2020 - 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…
10/09/2020 - 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…
08/07/2020 - 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…
11/09/2020 - 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…
09/06/2020 - 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,…
05/06/2020 - 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…
13/05/2020 - 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…
20/04/2020 - 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
20/04/2020 - 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
20/04/2020 - 23:42

Students from the Mechina of the Upper Galilee fill in for quarantined Aleh staff

This week, some 2,500 mechina students took up a wide range of volunteer responsibilities in agriculture, daycare for children of medical professionals, Magen David Adom call centers, and assistance for at-risk groups. Zamir: “We’re carrying…
09/08/2020 - 01:17

Relief for medical workers: Mechina students deploy to provide daycare for doctors’ children

As part of the coronavirus relief campaign of the mechinot, Mechina at Hannaton student Talya Hazani is helping to provide daycare for medical workers’ children. “It’s great to have the opportunity to give the medical…
09/08/2020 - 01:13

A Dream of freedom: A Haggada for the coronavirus era, brought to you by the students of Midreshet Shiluv

The harvest season kept no fewer than 30 mechinot busy this year in the days before Seder night. During this period, the students of Midreshet Shiluv in Natur produced a Passover Haggada, incorporating new passages…
09/08/2020 - 01:04

From Dan to Eilat: Mechina volunteer work in the face of the coronavirus

Despite the crisis, the mechina enterprise remains a force for social engagement. In a 3,000-strong campaign, the students of the mechinot are volunteering throughout Israel in agriculture, daycare for medical workers’ children, a Magen David…
25/05/2020 - 00:35

Community service in the shadow of the coronavirus: An update from Shibolim participants

The new reality in which we find ourselves has forced the mechinot to answer the call and alter their activities accordingly. Even in this difficult time, community volunteering is a mainstay of the mechina world.…
25/05/2020 - 00:35

Community service in the shadow of the coronavirus: An update from Shibolim participants

The new reality in which we find ourselves has forced the mechinot to answer the call and alter their activities accordingly. Even in this difficult time, community volunteering is a mainstay of the mechina world.…
31/03/2020 - 21:27

Mechina Students Still Learning and Volunteering

Over 3,000 mechinot students are volunteering in different areas - from helping agricultural businesses, through staffing daycares, answering calls at the Magen David Adom hotline to online tutoring sessions and helping the elderly. The mechina…
09/08/2020 - 01:39

“My brush is my weapon. With it, I fight for every teen the system has written off”

Adir Leiba came up with Bein Adam LaMakom during his mechina year. Since then, he’s launched a string of other initiatives that combine his two loves of art and education. Also: this is how the…
24/03/2020 - 22:20

Answering the call: The Mechinot students for the agriculturists of Israel

Mechina students volunteering with agricultural businesses in coronavirus crisis. Zamir: “Above all, a mechina educates young people about answering the call, commitment to the Jewish people, and commitment to Israeli society”
24/03/2020 - 22:08

A virtual beit midrash: The students of the mechinot are in. What about you?

In light of the spread of the coronavirus and the directives of Israel’s Ministry of Health, the Joint Council of Mechinot is launching an online database of lessons from the mechinot
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