Aryeh Azulai, Machzor 10, 1952, taken from the reunion book of Machzor 10
The History of the Machon
The Machon LeMadrichei Chul was established in 1946 by the Youth and Pioneer department of the Jewish Agency. The first thirty graduates of the Machon arrived in Israel mostly from South Africa. The students were housed in the agricultural school “Ayyanot” where they laid the foundations for the curriculum of the Machon. The curriculum included: Hebrew language, Bible and Agadah, History of Zionism, Israeli geography, sociology of the Jewish people and many other things.
The students were divided into classes based on their knowledge of Hebrew. The program also included activities, such as choir singing, dancing, painting, and party planning.
The Choir of Machzor 10 , 1952
Once every two weeks the students went hiking in a part of Israel with their much admired guide, the late Professor Ze’ev Vilnai. These tours could last several days to a week, and the students visited important historical sites and new Kibbutzim.
After six months of intensive study, the students were divided into groups based on their youth movements, and began a training period of five months in different kibbutzim. During this time they learned about the Kibbutz movement and about their political affiliation. They also worked in the various Kibbutz industries. At the end of the Kibbutz training period the students met up again for a seminar that would conclude the Machon experience. In this seminar the student gained skills that would help them be leaders in their movements in their countries of origin. The training of the first class of the Machon ended with the outbreak of the War of Independence at the end of 1947.
After the establishment of the State of Israel, and in light of the success of the first class, the World Zionist Organization decided to establish a school that would train young leadership from Jewish communities from around the world – the Machon for Madrichei Chul.
Despite the many challenges than facing the World Zionist Organization, the Machon had three 'machzorim' that worked in a partial schedule during the War of Independence and the first year of the State. The students of these classes witnessed the events surrounding the establishment of the State, and went through the difficulties of the siege on Jerusalem.
The excitement that the established of the State created in the Jewish world was felt in the registration of youth from all over the world and all the youth movements to the Machon. A hundred and twenty students signed up for the next class of the Machon, that began its training in June 1949.
Students of Machzor 54, 1974