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.
Post-high school service-learning in Israel's center where Israelis and young adults from global Jewish communities learn and work together
Derech Eretz and Derech Eretz- Alma
The post-high school service learning program cultivates self-reliance and communal responsibility
Urban post-high school service-learning programs for Israeli youth