Nachshon started out in 1997, in the small community of Nili, situated in the Binyamin Regional Council, and remained there until 2002. The Mechina then moved to Kibbutz Nativ Ha'Lamed Hei, where it continued its operation during 2002-2006. In 2006, Nachshon settled in theYoav Fortress historic site, near Kibbutz Sde Yoav, and in 2007, in order to meet demand and popularity among high school graduates, Nachshon opened another group located in Kibbutz Shoval, and in 2010 opened yet another group in the city of Sderot. Today we have three groups in these three different locations.
Yoav Fortress is located near Kibbutz Sde Yoav, on Route 35, connecting Kiryat Gat and Ashkelon. The Fort also serves as the Givati infantry brigade memorial museum. The proximity between the Givati Brigade compound and Nachshon creates a unique connection between Nachshon students and Givati units. The fort is in the municipal territory of Yoav Regional Council, which helps Nachshon operate this location.
In light of the high demand among high school graduates to participate, Nachshon board members decided, in 2007, to open a second group in a different location. Bnei Shimon Regional Council, in appreciation of Nachshon as an important educational project, decided to bring the Mechina to Kibbutz Shoval.
Kibbutz Shoval is one of the 11 communities that were founded at the end of Yom Kippur in 1946.
In continuation with the high demand for the Nachshon Mechina program, it was decided to open up a third location. This time, there was a conscious effort to create a group in an urban center where the participants could actively contribute to the Sderot community. In 2010, the first group joined the Sderot community working close with the municipal authority. We look forward to many more successful years to come.