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Ongoing Updates From The Joint Council of Mechinot
Sunday, 17 March 2019 20:11

Nature for all: New Shibolink campaign seeks to make Israel’s nature trails more accessible

Social mapping tool planned to aggregate information about trail safety and accessibility

Sunday, 10 March 2019 12:39

“You’re the ones who will light the spark for the next generation”

Over a decade has passed since he was a mechina student himself. Though it’s been five years since he became a counselor, Netanel Hersh still misses it Heartfelt words about coming back as a counselor, the mission, and the spark

Sunday, 10 March 2019 12:13

A salute to women who make a difference: Young women at mechina celebrate Women’s Day 2019

We asked three students at different mechinot and one alumna to write about inspirational women whose willpower and perseverance produced meaningful change in society, education, or science, in Israel or elsewhere. Here’s what they had to say

Thursday, 07 March 2019 12:45

Congratulations! 11 mechina alumni finished the prestigious naval officer training course this week

Yesterday’s naval officer training graduation ceremony broke a record. This time on the parade ground at the IDF Navy Training Base stood no fewer than 11 mechina graduates!

Monday, 11 February 2019 11:02

Family Day 2019: How we became parents of twins and founded a mechina at the same time

Dror and Nevo, the twins of directors Hila Gerchman and Matan Hoffman, were born a day before the Ayanot affiliate of Mechinat Aderet opened for its first class. A year and a half later, the young family is celebrating Family Day in the bosom of the mechina.

Sunday, 10 February 2019 10:57

Dialogue circles: The Yemin Orde Mechina in the fight against racism

Following the death of Yehuda Biadga and the Ethiopian community’s demonstration, the Yemin Orde Mechina conducted a study and dialogue project in Jerusalem’s Zion Square to raise awareness of discrimination and racism against Ethiopian Israelis

Thursday, 07 February 2019 10:47

2018 Knights of Quality Government: The students of Mechinat Kerem-El

The prestigious award was presented at a special ceremony recognizing the public relations work done by the mechina’s Druze and Jewish students with a range of audiences in Israeli society

Tuesday, 05 February 2019 10:43

Advocating for equality: The second meeting of the National Steering Committee for Gender Issues

The meeting was attended by representatives from a number of mechinot. Still to come: an educational product on gender for distribution at the mechinot

Monday, 28 January 2019 13:28

Shoring Up the Perimeter: Mechina students lead restoration activities in Be’eri Forest

In the shadow of the missile threat and in light of the damage done by kite terrorism, the students of Mechinat Arava–Paran decided to put on an event in solidarity with the Israelis living near Gaza. Students from 16 other mechinot rallied to the project

Monday, 28 January 2019 10:22

A new beginning: Mechinat Hanegev founds alumni organization

After seventeen years of activity, Mechinat Hanegev has founded an alumni organization with the goal of helping graduates bring their social initiatives to fruition

Monday, 21 January 2019 11:12

Alumni talk Tu BiShvat: This is why I chose agriculture

To mark Tu BiShvat, we sought out the mechina graduates who decided to leave the rat race and devote all their energies to cultivating the earth. From the Golan Heights to the Arava, these are the people who get up before first light so there will be blue-and-white produce for us all. A festive project

Thursday, 17 January 2019 01:31

From student to lecturer: Shibolim grad Omer Lapid lectures at the Mechina of the Upper Galilee

Omer Lapid is a Shibolim graduate who attended the Mechina of the Upper Galilee. Now an activist who works to change attitudes toward individuals with disabilities, he came back to share his experiences and insights with mechina staff.

Thursday, 03 January 2019 09:46

Breaking new ground: Mechinat Bnei David graduate Lt. Y. becomes first Ethiopian Israeli to complete flight school

Lt. Y. received his wings last week at Hatzerim Airbase, becoming the first Ethiopian Israeli to complete the prestigious course

Monday, 31 December 2018 13:44

Making history: The National Council of Mechina Students meets for the first time

The council was created as part of the effort to stimulate action and new initiatives in the world of the mechinot

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 13:37

Accessibility modification of hiking trails for individuals with disabilities: Shibolink’s second class kicks off

At this year’s first meeting of Shibolink—the leadership group of Shibolim, the program for the mainstreaming of young people with disabilities at the mechinot, and Link 20, a Ruderman Family Foundation initiative—participants brought up the need for accessibility modification of hiking trails in Israel and started thinking of ways to achieve that goal

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 13:32

The Tzafit Disaster: Aharonishky Commission publishes report on safety at the mechinot

We present for your consideration the report of the Aharonishky Commission, established by the Joint Council of Mechinot following the disaster in Tzafit Gully this April

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 13:22

Initial meetings between the Joint Council and Jewish community leaders in Miami and Boston

As part of efforts to recruit Jewish teens from North America to attend mechina, a special conference was held between the Joint Council of Mechinot and leaders of American Jewish communities. Joint Council CEO Dani Zamir: “I came out of the evening optimistic”

Saturday, 17 November 2018 11:05

Pizza and people: Rabin Academy alumni intent on bringing change to southern Tel Aviv

At first glance, it may look like just another chic Tel Aviv pizzeria, but behind Pizza People, a business founded by seven partners, including four graduates of the Rabin Academy, hide big dreams and an important social statement: “We’re hoping to make a noticeable change on the ground.” A peek at a place that’s all good

Thursday, 08 November 2018 13:18

An uncommon collaboration: How a Torah scroll from Mechinat Elisha made its way to Mechinat HaEmek on Kibbutz Kfar Ruppin

In a heartwarming gesture, the Orthodox Mechinat Elisha contributed a Torah scroll to the mixed Mechinat HaEmek. “Many thanks to Rabbi Nissim and all of Mechinat Elisha for their solidarity and friendship

Sunday, 28 October 2018 13:32

About one-third of infantry officer course graduates are mechina alumni

At an infantry officer course graduation ceremony last Thursday, the mechinot achieved a new record: about one-third of graduates were alumni of the mechinot.

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