In 1997, following the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, Kvutzat Reut established Mechinat Beit Yisrael as a means to address the growing polarization among young Israelis. A one-year pre-army program, its mission is to build living bridges and to cultivate a generation of democratic leaders. The Mechina was the first of its kind to enlist young men and women of diverse—and opposing—views in a shared enterprise to come together to deepen their Jewish identities, respect for others, and desire to change the world.
The Mechina offers a wide range of study topics, lectures and programs to open students’ eyes and challenge them to examine their Jewish heritage from a variety of perspectives.
Our classrooms are filled with students from a wide range of backgrounds and beliefs. Discussion and cooperation are critical components of the Mechina experience, which is further enriched with tours and trips throughout Israel to explore diversity and the complex realities of society on the ground.
Social action is a cornerstone of the Mechina program. Our students volunteer in the local community, contributing hundreds of weekly hours to local seniors and at-risk, disadvantaged children as part of their journey toward becoming socially conscious leaders.
The Mechina experience is geared toward religious and secular students from throughout Israel and abroad. Many aspects of our programs are developed in collaboration with institutions including the BINA Center and Yad Ben-Zvi.
Today, more than 950 alumni are working from throughout Israel and various sectors towards a vision of unity, supporting those in need and empowering others to take initiative and forge a resilient Israeli society. These incredible leaders have founded 6 intentional communities and are operating from within society itself to mend rifts and bring about sustainable change.
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