Derech Eretz operates social-educational programs for Israeli youth and young adults, most of who come from Israel’s geographic and social periphery, at the important junctures of their early adult lives.
Derech Eretz’s bottom-up initiative intends at minimizing social gaps while creating engaged citizens, and ultimately, building a better future for Israeli society.
Kol Ami is a 6 month post high school program – September to February. The program is designed for boys and girls who want to live in a Jewish pluralistic environment together with their Israeli counterparts. Kol Ami attracts young people who want to learn more about themselves and how they can better impact the Jewish communities around the world.
Hadas at Midreshet Lindenbaum is a unique program, established almost 20 years ago, Hadas is geared toward post-high school observant young women who wish to serve in the IDF in select positions. Hadas participants are offered positions in Zahal in the Educational Corps, Intelligence or the Air Force.
Students at Oranim are offered a range of programs, resource centers and organizations that provide them aid, assistance and support. Many of our ongoing programs help to enrich communities, schools and local leadership, providing academic knowledge and hands-on skills in education.
We aim to deal with personally Torah study, to create a dialogue between "Live words of Hashem" and this world. We strive to expose our signal and develop a broad knowledge within us, and build the tools to deal with the challenging and complex Israeli experience.
The Otzem Pre-Military Torah Academy has taken upon itself a great educational mission: the nurturing of people engaged with Klal Yisrael – the Jewish People in its entirety – and who draw their values from the faith and the Torah of Israel. Despite its painful uprooting from Gush Katif, the Academy continues to fly the banner of pioneering and settlement of the Land in Cholot Chalutza.
A moment before the race of life, a quality group is being formed of boys and girls before their military service who believe they have the power to make a change. Awaiting them is a year, in which they will turn their lives into a life of mission for society and the nation, while studying, working, contributing to the community and connecting to the land of Israel and the Golan.
Over the course of the year-long program, mechina students grow as individuals and as a unified group as they take on new responsibilities as Israelis, Jews and Zionists. The students play active leadership roles in managing various aspects of the mechina. They also take part in the daily life of Kibbutz Beit Guvrin. The program provides students who enter its gates with a meaningful year of personal growth and leadership development.
Its an English speaking program for post high school graduates. This one year program is a unique experience in education, where Jewish studies are part of a general education experience. Together with Torah studies, classes are given in physical fitness, navigation and familiarization with the terrain of the country. The Mechina, which works together with the Israeli Defense Forces, spends time every month in the army training and learning how to deal with different issues that may arise from serving in the army as a religious Jew.
Special opportunity to integrate with Israeli students and truly come familiar with Israeli culture.
The mechina will design a program that will provide support along with a family atmosphere. The faculty will aim to enhance students' personal responsibility a key component of the educational concept. All training will be held along with physical, mental and moral for significant service in the IDF.
The integration program absorbs them directly into the Israeli student body. This helps the young men overcome the common difficulties of being new to Israel, such as language and mentality. The continuous social contact not only teaches them Hebrew but also builds them a solid social framework in Israel.
The central part of the character building in the mechina are in the Beit Midrash. Lessons faith, morals, Halachot for the army, investigation of personal identity within society and more. Lessons are taught by the Rabbis in the mechina, who have many years of experience in education. Some classes are conducted by the students of the mechina.
Mechinat HaNegev calls for the youth to lead new trends in Israeli society. The mechina trains and encourages its members to take responsibility in every aspect of their life - in the army and civil society - to show leadership and lead processes of initiative and action.
The vision of the mechina is to nurture young leaders with values, who are sensitive and caring for others and the environment, with a connection to the Jewish and Zionist heritage who will take responsibility, work and affect the environment and society.
The Ma’ase Olam - Tzofim program is a revolutionary new approach to gap year for high school graduates aged 17-19 at the start of the program, featuring 11-months of group living, meaningful social action in marginalized communities, and a profound exchange with parallel groups of Israelis. In addition, the program features constant mentorship and guidance, and a groundbreaking educational approach.
During the school year students work on analyzing the principles of faith and deepening roots in ideological clarification. In order to build and shape the identity and worldview of the students and prepare them for military service both spiritually and physically.
The purpose of the mechina is learning how to take responsibility for developing personal and social skills. This is done through intensive study and questioning identity, Zionism and Judaism, living with a diverse group, going on sightseeing tours and working in the community. In addition, the Mechina works to build self-confidence, physical and mental strength. These all help build the ability to initiate and foster leadership skills.
The mechina strives to cultivate a deep spiritual connection of students to the world of Torah. Much emphasis is placed in the curriculum on Halacha and Emunah, along with instilling the love of Am Yisrael, the land of Israel and commitment to Zionism.
The Mechina strives for the development and empowerment of the mental and spiritual world of the individual. They provide tools to study Torah, with an emphasis on relevant subjects and religious openness.
The Mechina is intended for those who have completed the twelfth grade, both boys and girls, who know that it is possible to make changes and that it is in their power to do so. We strive to enable young men and women to recognize their strength and ability to formulate a moral identity
Our Goal is to create a living Bet Midrash, dealing with the question of how to build a better society. We are trying to examine how Jewish tradition and values are relevant to reforming the public sphere in Israel today.
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