Updated: Dec 12, 2021
Limmud is a Co-ed, experiential, 9-month study and Israel immersion program for the Southern Hemisphere. The program aims to develop 5 circles of “identity” including: Jewish, Zionist, Spiritual, Communal & Personal. Within this framework, participants spend time at Yeshiva/Midrasha, and experience Israel with a wide array of activities and educational modules, as well as a meaningful journey to Poland. Limmud culminates with a 3-month collaborative with our Mechina Olamit, together with Israelis, and participants from the Northern Hemisphere.
This week in Mechina was filled with seminars on different topics.
Sunday we had an intimacy seminar, girls and boys were divided into separate groups. We discussed things that interested the chanichim at a panel with the staff and played the game סליחה על השאלה “sorry for the question”. The chanichim learned about themselves, what and where their limits are.
On Monday we spoke about addictions. Rabbi Shalom Hammer came and spoke to us about his daughter Gila who committed suicide two years ago at the age of 18. We discussed the importance of mental health and all different kinds of addictions, including the addiction to technology.
Tuesday we focused on group dynamics. Jonathan Sinclair conducted a workshop about group dynamics that focused on communication between group members.
Later on I met with the chanichim and together we started planning for the next period of the program - volunteering in Dimona. The chanichim are working hard in their committees to ensure a meaningful time and I have no doubt that the projects they are planning are going to be a great success.
On Wednesday the seminar focused on fake news. We discussed how news evolves from the media and had a talk with Ilan Oz about the “real” impact of drugs
Later that night the chanichim went to a crazy Hapoel Jerusalem game.
Thursday was combat fitness day at the beach. The entire Mechina went to Palmachim beach for a day of combat fitness, ending with a stretcher walk between the groups.
The week was filled with different topics that caused conversation and introspection amongst all the chanichim. They now have time to reflect on the week they had over their out shabbat and prepare themselves for the week to come.
All chanichim in Midrasha and Yeshiva had another meaningful week.