Sharing the experience

Matan Braner-Kadish, Washington, D.C


I'm not sure I've made a better decision than the day I decided I would be coming to the Mechina in Jaffa. Looking back on it, I am so happy that I pushed past my hesitations of language, distance, and culture and

Ella Tav, New York, NY


Something I didn't understand until I got to Beit Yisrael was the power of people truly living their values in an Israeli context. I came to Beit Yisrael to experience the religious, socioeconomic, and political diversity of Israeli life.

Gil Adini, Boston, MA


As Walt Disney wisely put it, "If you can dream it, you can do it." I used to think that these words were nothing but a fantasy, but in the last 10 months, my time at the mechina has taught to see the truth in these nine words.

Oshri Olsberg, Boston, MA


One of my favorite things about my year at Mechinat Nachshon is when we are "closed" (stay at the Kibbutz) for Shabbat. Shabbat here has an American flavor meaning that I have been able to incorporate some of my own

Lexi Unell, Kansas City, MO


My name is Lexi Unell, and My most meaningful experience in mechinat nachshon  so far has been survival week. Survival week was a week were we were sent off in small groups with just a map, a compass, and little to no food.

Gil Kornberg, Atherton, CA

Mechinat Galil Elyon

Every year since birth, I have spent four months in Jerusalem (summer and the first two months of the school year), and eight months in the San Francisco Bay Area (the rest of the school year). This imbalance was due to

Gordy Tcath

Mechinat LACHISH

Before I even knew I wanted to make aliyah, I knew I wanted to spend a year in Israel; its importance to my people, community and family was obvious enough to make me yearn for a journey in the Jewish homeland.

Josh Drill

Mechinat RABIN

My experience at Mechinat Rabin was a very positive one. Throughout the year I became fluent in Hebrew, learned a lot about Israeli culture, and made really great friends. I learned a lot about the current issues in Israel and

Rita Feder, NYC, NY

Mechinat Beit Yisrael

During my senior year of High School, the decision to do a Mechina program was not an easy one. I didn’t know anyone else who was doing it, and the thought of immersing myself in a culture and language that was not my own was scary.

Roni Itkin Ofer, Philadelphia, PA

Mechinat Galil Elyon

About a year and a half ago, I packed my bags and left my home in Philadelphia to move to a Kibbutz in the North of Israel with a group of 50 Israelis for a full year.

Sharing the experience

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