Mechinot: Post High-School Service Learning

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At Mechinot, Israeli high school graduates participate in Jewish study, volunteerism, and leadership training, towards a more engaged citizenship and a brighter future.

Mechinot: Post-High School Service Learning programs provide Israeli 18-19 year olds with an opportunity for Jewish study, volunteering, skill-building, and personal development before they enter their national service.

The programs, which encourage a unique mix of self-reliance and communal responsibility, give the high school graduates a framework in which to develop latent leadership abilities. Participants live, work, and study together in small groups with inspiring role models.

There are two "clusters" of Jewish Agency Mechinot: Derech Eretz, for young people from Israel's social and geographic periphery, and Kol Ami, which includes both Israelis and students from abroad, so they can strengthen the ties between Israeli and young global Jewry. Aharai! B'ir follows similar curricula but is unqiue in that it is urban-based.


Mechinot Experiences

  • Wings: Services for Lone Soldiers
    Kol Ami

    Post-high school service-learning in Israel's center where Israelis and young adults from global Jewish communities learn and work together

  • Derech Eretz

    The post-high school service learning program cultivates self-reliance and communal responsibility

  • Aharai! B'ir

    Urban post-high school service-learning programs for Israeli youth