The Tavor Academy for Social Leadership has been operating since 2010, with a purpose of fostering a reserve of young Zionist leaders,driven by a sense of mission and commitment to the Zionist idea, the success of the Israeli democracy and to making Israel the spiritual and cultural center of the Jewish people
The Mechina ( gap year) – Tavor is one of the most prominent pre-military programs among the 40 registered programs in the country, targeting outstanding youth who have recently graduated high school. The students learn Jewish and Zionist intellectual heritage, a comprehensive view of Israeli society and classical education in the humanities. the students are physically and mentally preparing themselves for a meaningful military service in the IDF through weeklong trips hiking and navigating, routine physical training and krav maga. Concurrently, each week students run various social activities in Nazareth Illit and Afula, encompassing 500 children and youth.Thus far, the Mechina has seen 300 alumni; most of them still incorporated in military service in high grade positions in combat, intelligence and education units. In fact, 68% of our graduates serve as commanders, and 40% as officers.
“Keshet” program – This program, similar to the ‘Mechina’ in educational content and vision, is designed for a young audience of outstanding secular 10th+12th graders. The program includes weekend seminars and single day enrichment activities engaging participants in field trips and a rich curriculum comprising topics corresponding to Jewish studies, Zionism, Israeli Society and State. Keshet targets a group of 150 participants in each cycle, who explore Israel’s history and landscapes, the program develops youth’s Jewish-Zionist consciousness and identity, builds leadership qualities and motivation for social commitment and good citizenship, with an emphasis on joining pre-millitay programs and conducting meaningful service in the IDF.
a private foundation established in 1984, operating in Israel and North America. The main goals of the foundation: - Encouraging and fostering understanding, sensitivity, and mutual affinity among Jews of all denominations and approaches to tradition. - Promoting the affinity to tradition among all parts of the nation, and encourage understanding and appreciation of Jewish heritage and culture, its laws, customs and values. The Avi-Chai Foundation supports the activities of the Mechina as of 2012, and we are grateful for their funds supporting the Tavor Leadership Academy (Mechina).
one of the leading private hospitals in Israel. The hospital is run by the Landau Group, who decided several months ago to contribute a new classroom to the Mechina, equipped with the latest technology, and top of the notch equipment and furniture. We are grateful to the Landau Group and it's staff of the medical center for their generous donation.
Josh Harris is the owner of the Apollo Investments Group, sustaining global business activities and owner of the “Philadelphia 76ers”. Josh and his wife Marjorie support a variety of social projects in Israel: “HaShomer HaChadash” (the new guard) organization, the Basketball Initiative for Ethiopian Teenagers, and many more.
David Messer – A dedicated Jewish Zionist and family man, contributor to a wide range of Jewish institutions in the United States and Israel. David, a graduate of Yale University and a business entrepreneur by profession, is CEO of the global trading company Freepoint Commodities (http://www.freepoint.com )
the Tavor Leadership Academy (Mechina) was founded in 2010, under the support of the municipality, with the aim of establishing the first Leadership Academy in Nazareth Illit, and to provide incentive and spirit to the local youth activities thus strengthening its social resilience. Since its establishment,the Mechina works in full cooperation with the Municipality of Nazareth Illit, with numerous interfaces, including various municipal departments: Education, Welfare, Integration, etc.
a family foundation, founded by Michael Steinhardt. Michael is the initiator and financer of the Taglit-Birthright Israel Project (a non-profit educational organization that sponsors free ten-day heritage trips to Israel for Jewish young adults, aged 18–26), in which thousands of Jews come for their first visit in Israel. We are grateful to Michael and his family for their generous donation.
An Israel loving Jew, a businessman and entrepreneur in real estate and a true friend of the Tavor Leadership Academy (Mechina).
born in Afula, rose to prominence and became one of the top designers at Facebook. Nowadays Ben lives with his wife Josselyn in San Francisco and is the Managing Director of Designer Fund, which trains the best designers for the leading software companies in the US.
born in Tel Aviv in 1932 and passed away in Herzliya in 2009. Throughout his life, the love of the land and people of Israel was his guiding light. Although the business and family circumstances forced him to move to the United States, he continued to be an active Zionist in the US and returned to Israel after 25 years, to enjoy the country he loved so much. Yehuda Mor always believed that the education the youth, the values it is given as well as the military service, are the key to our Zionist existence, and we are sure he would be proud to be part of the activities and the objectives of the Tavor Leadership Academy (Mechina).
the Joel and Bukobza Family Foundation (Luxembourg banking family) contributing to dozens of social projects in Israel and worldwide. The foundation’s activities in Israel are directed by Prof. Emmi Buganim. The Menatel Foundation was the first to support the activities of the Mechina. We are grateful for the Metanel Foundation’s confidence and trust in Tavor. Click on the Logo to go to the foundation’s website. ( http://www.matanel.org )