Arzei Halevanon Mechina is a pre-military academy located in Shilo, which runs a
program for post-high school students who are looking to strengthen their Jewish
identity, their moral and ethical values, and prepare them for their army service.
Since its inception in 2001, over 700 students have graduated from Arzei Halevanon.
The Mechina's graduates serve in all branches of the IDF, including elite positions
such as fighter pilots, navy seals and combat officers.
Once they join the army, these soldiers share the values they acquired during their
studies at the Mechina which ultimately contribute to the unique character of the
The Mechina’s goal is to strengthen students’ commitment to the Torah, the Jewish
people and the State of Israel. Each student is introduced to prominent works from
the Jewish bookshelf through an individually designed curriculum which connects
him with Torah values. Students undergo leadership training, classes in military
heritage, Jewish history, navigation, and Land of Israel studies, as well as physical
training in preparation for their army service. In addition, the students take part in
archeological digs, assist local farmers, volunteer in schools, help the elderly and
take part in national initiatives as needed.