Nachum welcomed Ben Shuster to JM in the AM to discuss his experiences at The Upper Galilee Leadership Academy (Mechinat Galil Elyon) during the war. The Upper Galilee Leadership Academy is a pre-military institute (Mechina) with the highest number of Jewish youth from abroad, compared to other Mechinot in Israel. While some youth decided to go back home when the war broke out, dozens decided to stay and volunteer in hospitals, kindergartens, nursing homes and even in agriculture.
From the Academy’s website:
The Upper Galilee Leadership Academy (Mechinat Galil Elyon) was founded in 1998 with the spirit of democracy and pioneering and the mission of shaping identity and cultivating young leaders with values. Who are able to influence and are committed to the Jewish people and the Israeli society. The Academy enforces taking responsibility and leading while being caring and sensitive to one’s surroundings for a better future.
Galil Elyon fosters a strong connection to Israeli, Jewish, and Zionist heritage. Our leaders search for the greater impact that they can have within the Israeli society.
The Mechina has 5 groups throughout the Galilee (including a six-month program for youth from all over the world). There are a total of 300 participants a year and 2,500 alumni.