Judaism, Zionism and Jewish Peoplehood for Students of the Pre-Military Leadership Academies (Mechinot) exposes thousands of high school graduates to Jewish literature, holidays, history, practice and communities through participation in a 1-year Mechina program.
Founded in 2009, the Joint Council of Pre-Military Leadership Academies (The Council) works to promote cooperation and define the vision and joint goals of each of the 46 Pre-Military Leadership Academies (Mechinot) serving 3,000 students each year. The Council assists in advancing the study and absorption of the following subject matters in all Mechinot: Zionism and Jewish identity; Jewish peoplehood; social leadership; service in the public and military sectors; acquaintance with the ultra-Orthodox; learning Israeli-Arab language and culture; and becoming familiar with special needs individuals. It also promotes engagement in community volunteer work and support of alumni.
"The Foundation’s generous grant supports pluralistic Jewish studies in twenty academies, reaching over 1,200 students, helping to develop the next generation of Israeli leadership.” - Dani Zamir, CEO