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Ongoing Updates From The Joint Council of Mechinot
10/08/2020 - 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…
09/08/2020 - 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…
09/08/2020 - 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…
10/08/2020 - 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,…
10/08/2020 - 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…
02/02/2020 - 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…
10/08/2020 - 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…
08/01/2020 - 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…
06/01/2020 - 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…
24/12/2019 - 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…
15/12/2019 - 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…
12/12/2019 - 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…
03/12/2019 - 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…
14/11/2019 - 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…
16/10/2019 - 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!
06/10/2019 - 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…
02/10/2019 - 23:30

Be’Artzeinu at the 2019 Influencers Conference: “We want the community-building movement in the periphery to go bigtime”

Last month, KKL released Israel 2040, a plan for Israel’s future. Be’Artzeinu is proud to be an integral part of it

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