Mahapach-Taghir was founded in Jerusalem in 1998 by a group of students who had been participating in campaigns against tuition fee increases. They believed that the energy of passionate students should be used to work for broader social change, rather than solely for the benefit of students. They began volunteering in the marginalized neighborhood of Katamonim, which made them aware of the dire need to provide after school education and social activities for the local children. They established a Learning Center in the area, which in turn became a community activism hub for local residents. Together, the student activists and local residents worked together on a number of important campaigns.
Since its creation, Mahapach-Taghir has replicated its learning community model in 8 other communities nationwide (4 Jewish and 4 Arab), serving over 500 children and their families each year, and training over 120 student activists.