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 culture and tradition from Shabbat at home to Shabbat in Israel at Kibbutz Shoval. As a teenager I went to sleep away camp every summer and we would pray the Kabbalat Shabbat service. The same thing is done here at the Mechinah on Friday evenings, except in the beginning none of the Israelis knew the prayers or the melodies. Our first service together was extremely awkward and I feared it would never live up to the standard that my summer camp experience had built. Since that first Shabbat I can confidently say that, as a group, we have come a long way. We have built our own style and mastered the prayers and melodies. I even led the service in its entirety once, which is something I never thought I would do in my lifetime. During this spiritual hour on Friday evenings I have built my strongest memories from my gap year.
Sharing the experience
Our aluni share their stories
Geffen Huberman, New York, NY
For the last ten months, I have chosen a new path every morning. One morning I could go for a run in Jaffa’s old city, letting my mind wander as my legs stepped on empires and conquests. Another morning I could
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
Mechinat BEIT YISRAEL
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.
Mechinat KESHET YEHUDA
Adam Bernitz, South Africa
I'm currently in Mechinat Keshet Yehudah , all the way up in the Golan Heights. This amazing year is about to come to an end and my military service is about to begin. I am so incredibly indebted to this institution.
Mechinat KESHET YEHUDA
Louis Ungar, Miami, FL
A few nice words This year in Keshet was amazing. I absolutely loved it and hopefully coming back for a little bit of a second year. All the hikes and adventures probably made this the best year of my life. I have learned