The Aderet Educational Program is part of a national network of mechinot (post-high school programs) for social change aiming for Tikkun (repairing) of Israeli society.
The program has 3 main tracks:
The Educational Track focuses on national, social, and self-identity building through the acquisition of knowledge about Israeli society and Jewish heritage. An intensive schedule of formal as well as informal education provides participants with a store of knowledge about the Jewish people, its history and its present, and its connection with the land. Through trips, guest lecturers, meetings with political, social and economic leaders and social change organizations, and attending /organizing rallies and workshops. Regular classes include: Ethics and Society in the Torah, Midrash in Chazal, Economics and Society, Judaism and Democracy, Cinema, Culture and Philosophy, ‘Chevrusa’ on Mussar’ (Jewish Morality learned in pairs) Jewish Literature, Hassidism, Philosophy, etc.
A meaningful part of the weekly lessons are carried out by the students themselves, including researching topics of interest, giving over the lectures on these topics and inviting guest lecturers. Seminars and workshops are also prepared and given over by program participants to other institutions including the army. We collaborate with an English speaking Diaspora youth program called ‘Siach’ (Dialogue) on a monthly basis, traveling and learning together, familiarizing participants of both programs with their brethren overseas.
The Community Activism Track is part of the training process, focusing on providing the tools for participants to integrate into a community and build from within. Trainees live in Moshav Aderet, becoming a part of it, fully participating in community life. Informal relationships are formed, naturally drawing at-risk children inward to be sheltered, tutored, nurtured, and befriended. Together, local residents and participants define the community’s needs. 10-15 weekly hours are dedicated to mutual giving projects in the Moshav as well as in Bet Shemesh, e.g. big brother / sister projects, after school activities, youth club for teenage drop-outs, senior citizen projects as well as special projects in schools, such as tutoring, library, organic gardening and an educational greenhouse.
The Ecological Responsibility Track focuses on awareness and action. Classes, projects, and field trips are dedicated to ecological awareness. Participants live an environmentally friendly lifestyle. In conjunction with Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael and the Israel Archeological Authority, students renovate deteriorating natural sites throughout Israel.