Farewell Speeches from CESJDS 2018

CESJDS 2018 students spoke eloquently about their teachers, Akiva Gersh and Elhanan Brown, during their end of session banquet. Take a look at what they wrote:   Akiva Gersh Everlasting light. Spiritual. Inspirational. Peaceful. Selfless. Jewish mentor Passionate  Life changing Good shabbas Motivating kind full of wisdom accepting and open minded genuine impactful spiritual leader […]

Reflecting on AMHSI

Article by Ruby Bender, February 2018 and Impact Fellow It’s eighty degrees out. The air outside smells like citrus and sweet perfume, and flowers cover the highway. Not flowers you see here, but big exotic flowers that are vibrant and blooming and can be seen miles away. The scenery flies by as the car zooms […]

Judaism and Bolivia

Noah Daniel Alumnus of Milken Tiferet session, 2015 A couple weeks ago, I was reminded of something my teacher at AMHSI, Reuven Spero, once said: “you can’t experience a culture by going somewhere and staying in a fancy hotel for a week or two. If you really want to get to know a culture, live […]

Yossi Katz – A Voice Called

Yossi Katz – A Voice Called In order for history to last forever, it must become personal. For Yossi Katz, legendary Israel Educator at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI), it was all personal.  Impacting the lives of thousands of High School students, and many children of alumni, is not how the story […]

Heart in the East

Before coming to Israel, I would have identified myself as a Jewish American rather than an American Jew. I used to feel more connected to my nationality because I didn’t really understand how much my ancestors fought to remain Jewish and allow for me to be Jewish today. The Jews were constantly fighting Hellenism, both […]

The Next Generation & Continuous Revelation: Less Theory, More Experiential – as published in The Times of Israel, June 17, 2016

By Rabbi Leor Sinai, Co-CEO at AMHSI Transmission of Jewish continuity and Israel connectivity does not take place in the formal classroom setting on its own.  Israel and Jewish education must include an experiential component; it is through experientialism that our children explore and discover meaning that they can connect to. Transmission to the recipient […]

Week at AMHSI – Oct. 26 – Nov. 1

Here’s a quick update on the highlights of last week for AMHSI students First Live Interview this Semester Carly Levi and Shlomi Efergan of Fall Semester interviewed Gisele Ben-Dor, who donated the radio station to AMHSI. Watch the interview here. Week at the IDF Barrack had the opportunity to participate in a one week army […]

Israel Adult Journey by Cary Shoob, Georgia

I have just returned from a trip to Israel, where I never felt so safe in all my life.  There was a peaceful feeling I got when the plane was landing and for some reason, tears were in my eyes. For so many years, my brother Steven and I said we would go each year […]

Jonathan Goldstein

Johnny is a Junior at Gann Academy, a Jewish Day School in Waltham, MA, who loves to play music. We caught up with Johnny during one of the tiyulim (trips). Q: How long have you been playing guitar? A: I have been playing guitar for nine years. Q: What type of guitar do you play? […]