News & Updates

Ongoing Updates From The Joint Council of Mechinot
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.

Monday, 22 October 2018 13:22

From learning to doing: The Community-Building Educational Reader has been released

Education as prelude to action: The reader that will harness future mechina graduates to the mission of settling Israel’s periphery.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 14:19

Voting for a difference: Mechina alumni running in local elections

Local elections are set to take place on October 30. We met with mechina alumni who chose to run for local government in order to take responsibility for the way things are and take action for the sake of residents.

Thursday, 04 October 2018 13:26

Ties between generations: The mechinot mark Yom Kippur

This Yom Kippur was marked differently by every mechina, each one in its own unique way.

Thursday, 20 September 2018 13:10

Ready, go! How did the mechinot start the year?

With ceremonies, hikes, and team building, the mechinot have begun a new year.

Thursday, 06 September 2018 13:37

Joint Council of Mechinot announces 2017–2018 Alumni Prize winners

Six alumni who stand out for their work for Israeli society will be honored in a festive ceremony next week.

Sunday, 02 September 2018 13:25

Teachers for life: Mechina graduates working in education begin another year of putting values into action

Five teachers talk about daily work in education, teaching, ethics, and shaping the next generation

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 14:13

The many faces of Judaism: Mechinot encounter different Jewish denominations

Pluralistic Judaism and Jewish Peoplehood projects close out a third year of intercultural encounters.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018 14:07

NIS 30 million donation from KKL to strengthen mechinot in the north

As part of the agreements underpinning the Development Plan for Northern Israel, KKL provided NIS 30 million for renovations at the 13 mechinot in the north.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 13:58

It’s final: Young people with disabilities to be recognized as mechina students

The amendment promises equitable budgeting for mechina students with disabilities as of this coming year.

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