Youth Movements at the Institute for Youth Leaders from Abroad:
The role of the Institute for Youth Leaders from Abroad is to train students to be youth leaders and to hold responsible positions in the communities of their origin. During the training year, the Institute, on behalf of the youth movements, provides various tools with which to cope with the task of youth leadership.
From the very first years of the Machon to this day, it has concentrated its efforts on leadership development and training. Students learn leadership skills and the methodology of group dynamics and informal education. Another part of the curriculum includes classes such as dance, drama and painting, to help them with movement activities when they return home. Students also plan activities and projects on different subjects, and by so doing implement what they have learned and receive evaluation from their fellow students.
Machzor 107 during a ceremony in remembrance of the Holocaust
Students have evening meetings that are organized by the various youth movements themselves. At these meetings the students have the opportunity to discuss their ideologies and prepare programs and activities for their own organizations.
Representatives of the youth movements are in continual contact with the Institute’s staff and work with them in forming the schedule and program of the students.
Machzor 60 in their movement shirts – 1977
The policy of the Machon since its establishment has been that every student who graduates from the Institute must work or represent the organization for at least a year or two either as a youth leader, an organizer or in community tasks.
The Machon has always been proud of the fact that it brings together representatives of many different of ideologies and views. From the very first days of the Machon the students have represented the whole spectrum of Zionist youth. Within the walls of the Machon it had and still has youth with socialist ideologies on the one side and revisionist on the other end of the scale. Many Jewish youth organizations have educated towards the need to live in Israel, and the ‘pioneering’ youth movements have encouraged settlement and work on kibbutzim that are associated with their movement. The youth movements that are represented at the Machon also represent varied Jewish streams. From orthodox, traditional, to pluralistic - all work at the Machon together and parallel to each other.
These variations of youth organizations from different streams and communities all working together at the Machon create a unique mosaic and bring together the whole Jewish world also representing the changes that that world is undergoing.