Midrasha for Joint Israeli Leadership
The Midrasha for Joint Israeli Leadership is a unique social program designed for young people from diverse backgrounds committed to working together to build a just society with equality and respect for all citizens.
Founders and Partners
The Midrasha was initiated by the Association for Joint Israeli Leadership, which was established in partnership with the Ma’ase Center. Other partners include: The Max Stern Yezreel Valley College (YVC), the World Zionist Organization, the Israeli Ministry of Education, the Lautman Foundation, and the Beracha Foundation.
Purpose of the Program
יצירת שיח חברתי חדש באמצעות תהליך משותף של לימוד, עשייה והשפעה על סדר היום החברתי בחייהם הבוגרים של המשתתפים ושל קהילותיהם, מתוך תפישה חברתית המקדמת שוויון הזדמנויות ושוויון תרבותי במדינה.
- Development of a new, mutually agreed upon, civil dialogue that includes a shared society composed of diverse groups of people.
- Developing a sense of responsibility and social leadership capacity among Israeli young adults.
- Promoting social mobility and equality of opportunity for Israeli young adults.
- Addressing and deepening participants’ personal, religious, national and community identities.
The program targets high school graduates from all sectors of Israeli society: Jews and Arabs, native Israelis and new immigrants, religious and secular, Muslims, Christians, Circassians, Druze and Bedouin.
We would like to thank Bank HaPoalim for sponsoring the first class of the Midrasha for Joint Israeli Leadership.
Seven months, Sunday through Thursday, including five weekends
Hebrew and Arabic-speaking staff
Learning takes place at the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College (YVC), with field trips throughout the country to learn about different communities that comprise Israeli society.
Program participants are housed in the YVC dormitories.
At least one staff member is present 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the dormitories.
- Community involvement: Volunteering two half days each week.
- Preparation for the next stage of life: Intensive study days focused on helping participants acquire specific tools relevant to the next stage in their lives, whether it be army service, national volunteer service or higher education.
- Study with expert Arabic and Hebrew-speaking lecturers.
Primary areas of study: Society, Politics and Government in Israel, Tradition, Shared Values, Leadership Tools and Inspirational Leaders, Language Studies, Styles of Communication, Conflict Resolution and Positive Psychology, Gender Studies, Self-Expression in the Public Sphere, Rhetoric, Creative Writing, New Media, and Preparing for Meaningful Service, Study or Volunteerism in the Future.
The Midrasha is conceptualized as the first of four stages in a process of joint leadership development. The stages and components of each on a personal and communal level are outlined below.
Stage 1: Building understanding, study and community involvement (during seven months in the Midrasha program)
Personal Axis: Deepening identity, learning and developing skills based on education
Community Axis: Connecting to the group, including developing a shared language based on cultural circles of belonging, joint processes of social action and an intellectual discourse including varied world views
Stage 2: Developing civic responsibility (within one to three years after completing the Midrasha)
Personal Axis: Army service or national volunteer service with individual and group mentorship
Community Axis: Building circles of social dialogue according to interests and social influence (primarily through seminars and social networking activities)
Stage 3: Higher education and social action
Personal Axis: Higher education combined with social involvement
Community Axis: Involvement in promoting social discourse focused on social justice and equality of opportunity
Stage 4: Development as a leader in the professional and community realms