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Ongoing Updates From The Joint Council of Mechinot
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
26/09/2019 - 23:41

From mechina to the periphery: Approximately 80% of members of new communities in the Negev are mechina graduates

Mechina heads came together last week for a seminar about community-building in education. In the coming year, Be’Artzeinu will continue to be a leading force in advancing the cause of community-building in Israel’s social and…
02/09/2019 - 01:28

Together at last: An evening for all Shibolim graduates to meet up for the first time

All graduates of Shibolim, a program that helps young people with disabilities attend mechina, finally had an opportunity to meet in person
24/08/2019 - 23:44

Educational approaches to gender at the mechinot Joint Council of Mechinot releases instructional pamphlet for mechina staff

The instructional pamphlet addresses educational staff at the mechinot and offers language and tools for addressing matters of sexuality and gender during the mechina year
30/07/2019 - 23:49

Joining up: 33 Yachad participants from abroad finish mechina and enter the IDF

Project Manager Gal Karmel sums up another year of program activities at Yachad, the program for non-Israelis at the mechinot
24/07/2019 - 23:56
22/07/2019 - 00:01

Looking forward: Shibolim completes its third year

Shibolim Program Director Efrat Aharoni sums up a third year of wide-ranging activities
10/07/2019 - 00:14

A feat of alumni relations: Over 40 mechinot developed their alumni communities in 2018–2019

Gilad Zilbershtein, alumni coordinator at the Joint Council of Mechinot, sums up the year’s work
13/06/2019 - 12:50

Nature shouldn’t be handicapped: Shibolink meets with KKL to improve hiking trail accessibility

It was the beginning of the mechina year when Shibolink first took up the issue. Now the team has met with KKL to explore how they can work together to improve hiking trail accessibility
09/06/2019 - 11:58

Independence Day 2019: Nine mechina graduates honored by President Reuven Rivlin for outstanding service in the IDF

We’re proud of the mechina alumni who were chosen this year to be honored by the president of Israel
30/05/2019 - 12:09

2018–2019 Alumni Coordinators Forum: Looking back, looking forward

Retaining and developing mechina alumni as a community is an ongoing challenge, and one of the main missions of the mechina world. The Alumni Coordinators Forum held a series of meetings this year to boost…
19/05/2019 - 12:03

Marking a year since the Tzafit Gully disaster: A Joint Council seminar in memory of the victims

A year after the flash flood that struck candidates for Mechinat Bnei Zion during a hike, the Joint Council held a memorial seminar for the ten victims
24/04/2019 - 12:26

Mechinat Melach HaAretz celebrates its tenth anniversary: This is how the mechina prepares for Passover and gets ready for its second decade

For the tenth time, in the best tradition of Mechinat Melach HaAretz, students celebrated an early Seder at the foot of Masada. The mechina already has two branches, an incentivized work program, and a yearly…
17/04/2019 - 12:21

“You shall tell your child”: An alumna of the Meitzar Academy for Leadership and Social Responsibility invites you to take part in the circle of memory

Just before Passover, Adi Bismut, an alumna of Meitzar Academy and Director of Partnerships, Organizations, and Accessibility at Zikaron BaSalon, tells about the importance of preserving the memory of the Holocaust and her efforts to…
16/04/2019 - 14:44

Otzem Pre-military Torah Academy founder Rafi Peretz and Mechinat Nachshon alumnus Chili Tropper elected to the 21st Knesset

The Joint Council of Mechinot and the entire mechina world congratulate our friends Rabbi Rafi Peretz, chairman of the United Right and founder of the Otzem Pre-military Torah Academy, and Chili Tropper, a member of…
14/04/2019 - 14:37

Educating for Community: Be’Artzeinu tours the Gaza perimeter

Mechina heads toured the Gaza perimeter with representatives of KKL and the Eshkol Regional Council as part of the Educating for Community program
14/04/2019 - 14:25

Back to mechina—as a counselor: 50 mechina alumni attended a new kind of conference

The Joint Council hosted the first introductory conference for mechina counselor positions. The goal: to connect interested alumni to the mechinot and encourage them to return as counselor
07/04/2019 - 14:20

The Third Annual Nes Harim Conference: Everything that happened at the mechina heads’ yearly gathering

A review of mechina safety in light of the Tzafit Gully disaster, cultivating the partnership between the mechina world and KKL, developing alumni community efforts, and deep discussions about this year’s theme—Tolerance vs. Freedom
01/04/2019 - 14:15

New student-led Shibolim action group at the Mechina at Hannaton

The activism team of the Mechina at Hannaton initiated a collaboration with Shibolim to work for improved handicapped accessibility. Avigayil, who devised the project with her friends, tells about the first session
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