Mechinat Beit Yisrael
Mechinat Beit Yisrael was established in 1997 to cultivate passionate young leaders with a strong sense of Jewish identity who honor and value the plurality of Jewish expressions. The Mechina is a pre-IDF leadership study and volunteer program for 75 young men and women from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate leadership potential. They come together to deepen their Jewish identities, respect for others, and desire to change the world.
In the Classroom: The Mechina offers a wide range of topics – Classical Jewish Studies, Modern Israeli Politics and History, Israeli Poetry and Literature, Philosophy, creative workshops, and more. Students are challenged to examine their Jewish heritage from a variety of perspectives under the guidance of our diverse faculty, instilling in them understanding and respect for the plurality of Jewish expressions today.
In the Community: The intensive study program informs social action. Our students volunteer in our Bridges to a Better Future program to provide academic support and mentoring to 550 local at-risk, disadvantaged children. This volunteer service represents a key element in shaping Mechina participants into socially conscious leaders.
Around the Country: The Mechina experience is enriched by guest lectures and weeklong field trips that enable our students to encounter firsthand the complex dilemmas facing the IDF and Israeli society.
Students graduate the Mechina with the lifelong commitment to leadership and initiative to make a difference in the fabric of society, taking the ownership needed to actualize their dreams for a better world.
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