Meitarim Lakish at Beit Guvrin
Meitarim Lakish is an army preparatory program for both religious and secular participants, male and female. The program is for someone who is looking for a meaningful year of learning, productivity, making a close group of friends, getting to know the depths of the land of Israel and its history, developing personally and strengthening their Jewish identity and values. The program also includes agriculture work, community service activities and mental and physical preparation for a meaningful army service.
The program is located at Kibbutz Beit Guvrin, in the biblical area of Lakish, located in one of the most beautiful areas of Israel. Participants experience tiyullim, outdoor trips in the area and around Israel, and archeological digs, for which this area of the country is famous.
Participants of the mechina give back to the local community. They volunteer in a plethora of activities such as youth clubs, absorption centers, with at risk kids, helping the elderly and special needs children. Program participants also come up with their own individual initiatives to give back to the local community.
Throughout the year, the group really becomes close, develops personally and takes on responsibility for themselves and one another, as the program emphasizes the importance of “personal management”. Through this every participant can bring with them their full abilities to experience all aspects of themechina in an active manner.
The staff of the program develops personal relationships with each participant of the group, and the relationships between the participants and the staff is based on mutual values and relying upon one another.
Subjects covered during the program include diverse subjects such as: philosophy, Jewish thought, history, literature, religions, Bible, Middle East studies, Israeli society, ecology, Zionism and agriculture. Learning is done through various modes, including writing, film, theatre and art. The program invites top of the line lecturers, researchers and specialists to conduct classes and seminars for the mechina.