Weber School students had a wonderful meeting with Israeli peers, from Atlanta’s sister-city of Yokneam, who planned a great get together!  They participated in ice breaker activities to get to know each other a bit better, followed by a musical presentation by some of the Israelis.  This prompted a musical presentation by some of the […]

Interview with Mihal Levinas, December 2014 Session

Mihal is from Bethesda, MD and is a student at Walt Whitman High School.  She is attending the AMHSI December 2014 session.  I caught up with Mihal for a few minutes and had a chance to hear how her Israel trip is going so far. Mihal (center) with friends from her program on a hike […]

AMHSI students enjoyed a Hanukkah party on campus!  Great music, food and atmosphere! (Source:

Blog by BJE Students Detailing Their Israeli Journey

Every day, BJE students write a blog post to share their experiences with family and friends back home.  Read below for most recent day’s post and click over to the BJE blog to read about previous days! __ Day 25 – Zoe Guenzl   After the intensity of yesterday’s classes, dragging myself out of bed […]

Summer ’11 Alumni Return to AMHSI

Sarah Marasco, a current student at Tel Aviv University studying Middle Eastern, Modern Jewish and Israeli Studies and Benjamin Shpurker, a Virginia Tech student who came to Israel this winter break on a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip dropped by Hod HaSharon to visit with AMHSI staff and to see the campus.  We caught up with Sarah and […]

Twin Sisters Walk in Parents’ Footsteps at AMHSI

Today (Thursday) marks the day that Kayla and Eliana Wasserman return back home to Milwaukee after completing their 8-week study abroad mini semester program at Alexander Muss High School in Israel. Kayla and Eliana, 16-year-old twin sisters, have an interesting familial relationship with the school. Their parents, Russ and Melanie Wasserman, met in Israel while […]

AMHSI Addressing Security Concerns

With the news of the discovery of the bodies of the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped over two weeks ago, Naftali Frenkel, 16, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19,  Alexander Muss High School in Israel mourns the tragic death of the three teenagers. AMHSI would like to extend condolences on behalf of our staff, […]

Australian Ambassador Visits AMHSI

On December 16, Australian Ambassador to Israel, Dave Sharma, visited AMHSI’s campus in Hod HaSharon.   First up, the ambassador performed wonderfully in a difficult interview with Bialik students, Jonah Wise and Elana Forbes, at our campus radio station. The ambassador shared what an ambassador does (acts as a country’s representative to relate Ausralian policies […]

Interview with Jackie Retig, 2008 AMHSI Graduate

Jackie Retig Q:  Tell me a bit about yourself – where did you grow up? A:  I grew up outside of Philadelphia, in Lower Merion, with my parents and two older sisters. I attended Jewish day school through high school before moving to New York to study History and Hebrew and Judaica Studies at NYU. […]