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Ongoing Updates From The Joint Council of Mechinot
Monday, 20 April 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…
Sunday, 09 August 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…
Sunday, 09 August 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…
Sunday, 09 August 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…
Monday, 25 May 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.…
Monday, 25 May 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.…
Tuesday, 31 March 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…
Sunday, 09 August 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…
Tuesday, 24 March 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”
Tuesday, 24 March 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
Sunday, 09 August 2020 01:24

Put your hands together for the medical workers: Mechinat Derech Prat initiative takes Israel by storm

The students of Mechinat Hadar offer mass applause as a gesture of gratitude: “Thank you to our amazing medical workers who are working around the clock. It’s great to see how united the nation is…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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