The Joint Council of Mechinot offers a unique gap year program for high school graduates from Jewish communities around the world within the framework of MASA (an initiative of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Government of Israel, which offers half-year and full year programs for high school graduates students and young adults.)
Yachad Gap Year gives you the opportunity to have the ultimate immersion experience in Israel, by living, studying and volunteering in Israeli mechina programs with Israelis your age. The word Yachad means “together,” and as a participant, your Israel experience will be more up-close and personal than any other – because you’ll be doing it together with your Israeli peers.
The word mechina means “preparation.” When young Israelis want to take a gap year after high school, to learn more about their culture, society, and Jewish identity, they can participate in one of 50 mechina programs. And just as Israelis use their mechina experience to launch them into elite units and leadership positions in the IDF, you can use your mechina experience to enhance your resume and improve your standing in university admissions.
Today, there are mechina programs all over Israel, representing all different facets of Israeli society. There are mechinot in the bustle and excitement of Tel Aviv, in the natural beauty of the Golan Heights, or in the serene calm of the Negev desert. Some Mechinot are religious-Zionist, others bring religious and secular Jews together, and yet others that promote volunteering in Arab-Jewish coexistence projects and more.
Yachad represents several of these mechinot, whose goal is to forge strong ties between Jews in the Diaspora with Israel and their Israeli peers, while building a sense of Jewish peoplehood among the next generation of Jewish leaders, both in Israel and around the Jewish world.
All mechinot are approved by the Israeli ministries of Education and Defense, and are held to rigorous standards for program quality.
LESHMA - Gender Studies at the Pre-military Leasership Academies (Mechinot)