Welcome to the Alexander Muss High School in Israel!
In this section, you will find all of the basic information you will need to know about the AMHSI program. It is typically recommended that students begin the application process at least six months prior to the session’s start.
Our students are 10th -12th grade students from all over North America and the world, but mainly from the US and must also be at least 15 years of age to attend an AMHSI session during the academic year. For our summer program, students must have completed 10th grade. Students who attend AMHSI typically want to be more than just tourists in Israel – they want to learn about Israel’s history and culture from an inside perspective.
Academic year students will also need to coordinate classes to be taken in Israel with their guidance counselor and local Director of Admissions.
The application process includes:
- Completing the online application
- Arranging an interview with an AMHSI representative
- Submitting a letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor
- Mailing your official high school transcript
- Uploading all relevant forms
- Paying the initial deposit to reserve your spot
To request more information about the program, please click here.
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AMHSI is a beautiful, green campus within Hod HaSharon, a lovely and safe suburban community located just twenty minutes northeast of Tel Aviv!
Affectionately known by students and staff as “the Hod,” our permanent campus location offers students a more immersive experience, allowing for informal, everyday interactions with the local community as they become exposed to daily Israeli life.
The campus itself is located within the Mosenson Youth Village, an international facility that educates Israeli students and is also a boarding school for students from around the world, including the former Soviet Union, Germany, France, Hungary, Ethiopia, and others. While AMHSI has its own dormitories and academic facilities, the relationship with Mosenson enables global and Israeli peer-interaction amongst our students.
The AMHSI campus is minutes from the town’s main boulevard, featuring cafes, restaurants, supermarkets and shops of all varieties. This includes the famous blue falafel stand, popular five-shekel coffee shop chain, Cofix, Agvania, an upscale take-out pizza joint as well as several other options including sushi, Asian, Italian and more. And there’s always Moshiko – students’ favorite fruit smoothie!
Our four recently renovated dormitories are designed as suites, typically with four students in each room. Dorm buildings are co-ed but each floor is assigned to just males or females. The suites are furnished with beds, desks, and a closet for each student and each room is also equipped with heat/AC. A common room (moadon) on each floor has a fridge, microwave, and couches for group socializing. A male and female counselor (madrich/a) live on-site in each dorm building with the students. The dorm definitely becomes a home away from home!
The campus consists of:
- Administrative and academic classroom buildings
- Four dormitories with full amenities and laundry facilities
- Campus-wide, free wireless internet
- Kosher hadar ochel (dining hall) providing 3 full meals to students every day
- State-of-the-art radio station
- Basketball court, athletic grounds, and a fitness center
- Science labs
Click here for directions to our Hod HaSharon campus.
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Israel Studies curriculum
The AMHSI Israel Studies curriculum is an engaging review of Israel and 4,000 years of Jewish history, moving in a linear, chronological fashion from pre-biblical times to the modern Israel period. It combines formal classroom study with experience-based learning to enable students to form their own sense of peoplehood by placing themselves in the historical narrative of the Jewish people. It is considered the heart of the AMHSI experience.
What is unique to the course is its approach to experiential learning. By using local historical, geographic and human resources, Israel becomes a tangible, living classroom in which every encounter becomes a teachable moment.
At AMHSI, students will hike up Masada at daybreak to imagine the last stand against the Roman Empire having previously studied the historical context just as students will learn about the foundation of the state of Israel before heading to the desert home of David Ben Gurion!
The way the course is taught allows students to explore their own connection to the Jewish people and the land of Israel. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to make a meaningful Jewish space within their identity in a way that resonates with them.
AMHSI’s experienced educators come from a diversity of backgrounds and are therefore able to connect to students on a variety of levels. The amount of time students spend with their teachers in class or tiyyulim (field trips), in addition to the deep and engaging nature of the course, often result in students forming deep connections with their teachers, who become friends and mentors.
Students’ home schools may allow their grade for the course to count towards social studies, English, physical education, and other subjects, in place of their regular requirements. Additionally, students who successfully complete the Israel Studies curriculum are eligible to receive up to six transferable college credits from the University of Miami.
The AMHSI Israel Studies / Jewish History course is an introduction to Jewish civilization over the last 4000 years—from Abraham until today. The course will examine the different manifestations of Judaism (the religion), Jewry (the people) and Jewishness (individual and group identification) through the centuries. As each period of Jewish history is explored, the continuing themes of Jewish existence will be integrated into the cultural, religious, social, economic and political expressions of the era examined.
The second part of the course will consist of an introduction to the origins of Israel as the Jewish homeland and the rise of Jewish nationalism, an examination of Zionist theory and the fulfillment of the goals of Zionism through the return of Jews to the Land and the creation of the State of Israel. The course will look at the early challenges; issues of security and defense. As each period is explored, the cultural, religious, social, economic and political expressions of the era will be examined, including contemporary Israeli society. The course will address Israel’s geo-political status, seek to give an in-depth understanding of the ongoing Palestinian – Israel conflict and consider possibilities for achieving peace.
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AMHSI is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, ensuring that high school credits earned at AMHSI are fully transferable to students’ US high schools.
The school provides general studies instruction at all levels, including regular, honors, and AP classes as well as IB tutoring. Students who attend an 8-week session will work with the Dean of General Studies, their local Director of Admissions, and their guidance counselor to develop a custom-tailored schedule that will allow students to return home and reenter their home school classes at a level commensurate with their peers. Semester students will utilize AMHSI curricula and materials.
The campus is also an official testing site for the PSAT and AP exams and students can also take the SAT, IB and ACT exams in Israel.
AMHSI hires our teachers according to the needs of our students and the requirements of the home schools. Click here to see a list of the courses typically offered by the General Studies program.
Upon return from Israel and culmination of the program, AMHSI will provide each student with an official copy of their academic transcript and a copy of their core program transcript. An official academic transcript will also be forwarded to the students’ home school for their records.
AMHSI alumni wanting to obtain a copy of their transcript or wishing to send copies of their transcripts to colleges, may request it in this way:
Please email us at [email protected] with the following information:
- Your first and last name
- Your date of birth
- Month and year you attended AMHSI
- Core teacher’s name
- Complete address(es) where you want the transcripts sent
Please mail a copy of your email along with a check for $5 for each transcript requested to:
78 Randall Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
The requested transcripts will be sent within 3 days of receipt of your payment.
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Madrichim are English-speaking Israelis who undergo a rigorous selection process and act as students’ confidants, mentors, and parents while away from home. Our AMHSI madrichim have completed their mandatory service in the IDF and have a strong background in leadership and education, whether it was as an instructor in the army or as a student leader in a youth movement.
Prior to each session, all madrichim receive intensive training in working with youth including healthcare, behavior, cultural differences and sensitivity. They also learn tools and skills to plan and execute the weekly informal educational activities run by the madrichim. These activities are meant to better acquaint students with Israeli life and culture.
Madrichim live with students in the dorms in their own madrich/a suite. They are responsible for students’ daily activities and are constantly in touch, whether it’s updating students on relevant information, conducting group activities and meetings, accompanying students on all field trips, or friendly, informal conversations. Students often forge strong connections with their madrichim. This is another wonderful opportunity for students to practice their Hebrew and to learn about Israeli culture out of the classroom!
Madrichim are supervised by a staff headed by the Dean of Students.
Safety and security
The safety and security of our students is our top priority and AMHSI exercises utmost caution in planning and implementing all aspects of the program.
The AMHSI campus is fenced and guarded; when going into town, students must always be with at least one other person. During free weekends, student travel is coordinated and pre-approved.
When traveling as a group, AMHSI is advised in advance by the appropriate security agencies to ensure students’ safety and stringently adheres to the security regulations imposed by the government of Israel. During trips, the school is in ongoing contact with the government security authorities who coordinate all student travel in Israel regarding up-to-date security information. AMHSI uses a private bus company and groups are accompanied by a guard/paramedic.
There are two situations that would lead AMHSI to cancel or shorten our program:
1. If the US State Department instructed non-essential personnel in the U.S. Embassy to depart Israel and recommended that American civilians depart Israel, as well.
2. If the “situation room” of the Ministry of Education in Israel recommended canceling all Israeli school field trips.
Should a conflict become a general war or a threat of such a war, AMHSI would send our students home. We will not hesitate to do so and will always prefer to err on the side of caution. We have only sent students home twice during our 43 years of operation; both times when the United States invaded Iraq. In every other security situation, we have adapted our security protocol to guarantee our students’ safety while in Israel.
Full refunds will be provided in the event that a session is canceled. Full refund of services that were not provided will be granted in the event that a session is shortened.
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AMHSI considers itself a pluralistic environment and welcomes students from all backgrounds to come together as a community. As an unaffiliated organization, we respect all religious denominations and believe attending our program can be a unique opportunity for students to learn about backgrounds different from their own.
While AMHSI considers itself a Jewish program, non-Jewish students have successfully attended in the past.
All AMHSI activities are Shabbat-friendly and all provided meals are kosher.
Tuition and financial aid
For Program Fees, please visit the Sessions page.
- The complete academic program
- All field trips, entrance fees, and ground transportation
- Room and board
- Medical insurance
- Registration fee
- Campus services fee – this covers books and materials, on-campus health care, internet access, student dorm activities, and laundry services
- All prices are subject to change
- Airfare (international to Israel & domestic to NY, if needed)
- Spending money
- Off campus laundry services
- Cell phone rental
- Standardized testing fees
- Extra general studies classes (please speak with your local Director of Admissions for more information.)
- College credits from the University of Miami
AMHSI-JNF has established a relationship with Sallie Mae, and our programs qualify for their K-12 Family Education Loan.
The K-12 Family Education Loan gives you an effective way to pay for your student’s private education beyond financial aid, personal savings, or traditional payment plans. Visit SallieMae.com/K12 and apply with school code 609501-00.
Hebrew Free Loans
The International Association of Hebrew Free Loans (IAHFL) is an umbrella organization for Hebrew Free Loan societies, organizations that offer interest-free loans. Each member organization in North America has its own rules regarding such things as who may borrow, the maximum loan amount, and the repayment process. However, all offer loans without interest. Loan programs meet a range of different needs and may include loans for education, emergencies, developing small businesses, healthcare and life cycle events and more. Please contact the HFL office in your area for specific details. For information on local HFL societies and their programs view this document.
Plant your way to Israel
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- Akron, Ohio
- Albany, New York
- Allentown, Pennsylvania
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Berkshires (Pittsfield), Massachusetts
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Boca Raton (South Palm Beach County), Florida
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Broward County, Florida
- Buffalo, New York
- Chicago, Illinois
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Columbus, Ohio
- Dallas, Texas
- Danbury, Connecticut
- Detroit, Michigan
- East Bay, California
- Greensboro, North Carolina
- Hartford, Connecticut
- Houston, Texas
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Kansas City, Kansas
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Lexington, Kentucky
- Los Angeles, California
- Memphis, Tennesee
- Merrimack Valley, MA
- Metrowest, New Jersey
- Middlesex County, New Jersey
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Monmouth County, New Jersey
- Montreal, Quebec
- Naples, Florida
- Nashville, Tennessee
- New Bedford, Massachusetts
- New Haven, Connecticut
- New Jersey – Northern
- New Jersey – Southern
- New York, New York
- Omaha, Nebraska
- Palm Beach County, Florida
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Portland, Oregon
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Rhode Island
- Rochester, New York
- San Diego, California
- San Francisco, California
- San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, California
- Sarasota, Florida
- Seattle, Washington
- Southern Illinois
- Springfield, Massachusetts
- St. Louis, Missouri
- St. Paul, Minnesota
- Syracuse, New York
- Toledo, Ohio
- Vancouver, British Columbia
- Washington, DC area
The Israel Incentive Savings Program (IISP) is a three-way partnership between a family, its congregation and the Jewish Community Board of Akron. The program is designed to assist families in sending their children on an organized Israel experience program. Teen trips are strongly encouraged, but IISP members can travel any time from 10th grade until the age of 26. Contact 330-869-2424 for more information.
Albany, New York
All Israel scholarships available from Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York are need-based. The applicant must reside in Northeastern New York (Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls or the areas immediately surrounding these locations). Contact Deborah Chapman Goldstein at (518) 783-7800 ext. 230 for more information.
The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley offers scholarships to local teens in grades 9-12 for approved trips to Israel and other Jewish educational summer programs. Contact Mark Goldstein at (610) 821-5500 for more information.
The Israel Experience program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta offers $350 for the Passport to Israel program to local young adults between the ages of 15 and 26 who will be participating on an approved program. Contact Meredith Lefkoff at (404) 870-7693 for more information.
The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore – The Community Fund for Israel Experience provides limited, need-based scholarships to high school students who are residents of Baltimore City/County. Applications are due by April 1, 2019.
Contact: Reena Roshgadol at [email protected] or 410-735-5024.
The Community Fund for Israel Experiences (CFIE) provides limited, need-based scholarships to high-school and first year post-high school students who are residents of Baltimore City/County OR a student participating in a class trip of a Jewish school located in Baltimore City/County. We strongly encourage all students, who may qualify, to fill out an application even they are unsure if they will be participating in an Israel program.
Berkshires (Pittsfield), Massachusetts
The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires administers the Michael Nathaniel Shute Endowment Fund which provides scholarships for youth trips to Israel. Recipients are selected based on demonstrations of community involvement, educational interest and financial need. Contact the Jewish Federation at (413) 442-4360 ext. 10 for more information.
The Birmingham Jewish Foundation has a scholarship fund available for teen and young adult Israel trips. It is a need-based scholarship program and a limited amount of money is available. Applicants are referred to the Jewish Family Services for a needs assessment. Contact Sally Friedman at (205) 803-1519 for more information.
Boca Raton (South Palm Beach County), Florida
Administered by the Jewish Education Commission of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and available to high school students who study in Israel. Scholarships given are either $500 or $1000. Contact Lisbeth Rock Cauff at 561-852-3188 for more information.
Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston – In partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation, CJP offers scholarship for Israel travel programs that last a minimum of 12 days.
Contact: Stacey G. 617-457-8694 [email protected]
In an effort to increase the number of teens traveling to Israel during high school, CJP is increasing funding for our Israel Summer Teen Travel Scholarship program, in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation. These scholarships make Israel summer experiences more affordable by subsidizing up to one-third of the program cost. Programs lasting a minimum of 12 days in Israel may be eligible, and scholarship applications are considered in two rounds. Attached in the link below is a list of the possible summer programs through CJP:
Broward County, Florida
Information on need-based financial assistance is administered through the Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE) Israel Experience Center. Contact the Israel Experience Center at (954) 660-2070 for more information.
Buffalo, New York
The Israel Scholarship Committee of the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies administers a limited amount of financial assistance for high school students to travel and study in Israel. Students participating in approved programs will be eligible for assistance for the upcoming summer based upon financial need. Grants are restricted to Jewish individuals who reside in the Western New York area. Contact Lisa Collins at (877) 933-6369 for more information.
The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and the Jewish United Fund offer need-based and merit scholarships for high school students traveling to Israel. Applicants must live or attend school in the Chicago area. Call (312) 444-2895 or (312) 444-2904 or e-mail them for more information.
The JCC Chicago offer The Jewish Student Connection Teen Merit Scholarship which is a very limited number of merit scholarships ($500 each) available for Chicago-area high school students who are planning to participate in life-changing Jewish experiences that begin anytime during the 2016-2017 school year. The goals of the scholarship program are for participants to increase their Jewish identity and have a greater commitment to the Chicago Jewish community.
The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati offers Jewish high school students up to $6,500 for travel to Israel on a minimum three-week organized educational peer trip. Students must be from Cincinnati and between the ages of 16 and 23. Contact Karyn Zimerman at (513) 985-1528 for more information.
The Columbus Jewish Federation provides every Jewish teenager in Central Ohio up to $1,500 from the Columbus Jewish Federation towards an educational trip to Israel. The Federation also provides additional need-based scholarships. Contact Nancy Rosen at (614) 559-3250 for more information.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas scholarship offers need-based scholarships to students between the ages of 16-26, from Dallas and participating in a trip of at least 10 days that includes some education and some touring of Israel. There is no deadline for application. ContactSheila Gardner at (214)-239-7131 for more information.
The Teen Israel Experience program is open to all Jewish youth entering grades 9-12. This program is appropriate for applicants who must be identified as Jewish and who reside in the jurisdiction of the Jewish Federation. Only those programs approved by the UJC (United Jewish Communities) are suitable for scholarship applications. There is a $1000 cap on merit scholarships and a $2000 cap on financial scholarships, therefore the maximum award for any applicant is $3000. There is no minimum grant. Recipients of the Israel Teen Experience Scholarship are required to “give back” by promoting the program through such means as speaking before synagogue youth groups and/or addressing the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation. Contact the Federation at (203) 792-6353 for more information.
Jewish Federation of Delaware – The GRATZ High School Scholarship Fund of the Jewish Fund for the Future is awarded to high school students who are attending a summer Israel program.
Contact: (302) 427-2100
The GRATZ High School Scholarship Fund of the Jewish Fund for the Future, the endowment arm of the Jewish Federation of Delaware, was established by Gratz Hebrew High School in 2011. Merit scholarships are awarded to high school students ages 12-19 attending a program in Israel, a Jewish Camp, or some other form of educational Jewish program. The amount available is determined annually by the proceeds of the fund. Attached on the website is the application that needs to be filled out.
The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s Israel and Overseas Department offers scholarships for local Jewish teenagers traveling on approved programs to Israel. The Department offers both scholarships and trip subsidies. Contact Amy Neistein, Associate Director, at (248) 205-2543 for more information.
East Bay, California
A financial aid program for students from the East Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, and Solano counties) to use towards study and travel in Israel. Should you encounter any AMHSI applicants or potential applicants, please let them know that they can apply for financial aid through our program http://jfed.org/who_aid_israel.html
Greensboro, North Carolina
Greensboro’s Israel Experience Grant Program offers scholarships to community members ages 16-23 for a first time, peer community trip in high school or college. Contact Rachel Wolf at (336) 852-5433 ext. 229 for more information. There are also a limited number of scholarships based on need and merit offered through the Jacke W. and Lottie K. Samet Israel Experience Scholarship Fund. For more information contact Marcia Hermelin at (336) 852-4829 ext. 222.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford in partnership with the Commission on Jewish Education and Leadership offers need based scholarships of up to $500 to local teens travelling to Israel. Contact Jo LaRocco at 860-727-6139 for more details.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston’s Bureau of Jewish Education offers scholarships and grants to families who need assistance in order to enable their children to participate in Jewish educational experiences, such as peer-group trips to Israel. For more information, contactPaulette Walden at (713) 729-7000, ext. 309.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis administers need-based scholarship funds available to local Jewish youth in grades 9-12. For more information, contact Patti at (317) 726-5450.
Kansas City, Kansas
The Central Agency for Jewish Education administers scholarships for local Jewish teens traveling to Israel. Contact Elinore Penner at (913) 327-8142 for more information.
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas administers a merit-based scholarship program funded by a partnership of the Welt Fund, the Eisenberg Fund and the Wilner Fund, three local philanthropies. Youth aged 11-21 may apply and their awards may be used towards Israel programs. For more information contact Marjorie Griebel at (702) 732-0556.
Scholarships for Israel Experience programs are available through the Central Kentucky Jewish Federation. Applicants must participate in programs with a Jewish and/or Israel educational component and a minimum of 10 days in Israel. Applications are review by a special committee and are strictly confidential. Scholarships are awarded on a first come first served basis. Contact the Israel Scholarship Committee at (859) 269-8244.
Keneseth Israel Congregation has a scholarship fund available for Alexander Muss High School in Israel students. They are willing to consider applicants of students whose family belongs to another synagogue. Contact Yonatan Yussman at (502) 459-2780.
Los Angeles, California
The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles provides assistance in locating scholarships and financial assistance to area teens traveling to Israel. The Federation directly provides a number of scholarships and fund matching programs to qualified teens. Contact Beth Singer at (323) 761-8342 for more information.
The Memphis Jewish Federation offers subsidies of $2,500 to any local sophomore or junior traveling on an approved trip to Israel during the summer. In cases of proven financial need, the subsidy can be increased to $3,500. Contact Gerri Patterson, Director of Education and Israel Programs at (901) 767-7100 for more information.
Merrimack Valley, MA
The Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation offers grants of $250 to local teens traveling to Israel on an approved Israel program, who live in the Merrimack Valley. The Federation also administers a Gift of Israel incentive savings program. For more information, contact Laurie Mindlin at (978) 688-0466.
Metrowest, New Jersey
United Jewish Communities of Metro West offers a variety of scholarships to local teens traveling to Israel on approved summer programs. Participants must participate in pre-trip educational sessions and be a resident of MetroWest. Qualified participants receive $750 and may receive an additional $250 if their synagogue contributes. Contact Alan Gerberg at (973) 929-3038 for more information.
Middlesex County, New Jersey
The Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County offers $1,000 grants to local teens entering grades 10-12 for an approved Israel travel program. Contact Susan Antman at (732) 432-7711 for more information.
The Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Israel Center has established an incentive program for young people to visit Israel, as well as scholarships for Jewish camps and travel programs. The distribution of the fund is managed by the Shlicha in accordance with the program principles. Contact Rakefet Ginsburg at (414) 390-5722 for more information.
The Louis Herman Israel Experience Fund offers grants to Jewish teens aged 15-18 to travel on approved Israel programs. Teens who receive grants will be asked to volunteer in the Jewish community upon their return, as a way to “give back” and share their experience with others. Contact Andrea Nadel at (952) 417-2334 for more information.
Monmouth County, New Jersey
The Jewish Federation of Monmouth County offers need-based scholarships to students residing in Monmouth County, NJ. Download application or contact Ariella Lis Raviv at (732) 866-4300 ext 14 for more information.
The Bronfman Israel Experience Centre offers a limited amount of need-based financial assistance for travel on approved Israel programs. For more information, contact Dayna Schwartz at (514) 345-6449, ext 3052.
The Jewish Federation of Collier County offers partial scholarship for Israel experience programs. Contact (239) 263-4205 for more information.
The Jewish Federation of Nashville offers need-based scholarships for trips to Israel for students in the 10th through 12th grades. In addition, the Mary & Harry Zimmerman Youth Exchange Endowment Fund supports an Israel Incentive Grant for 8-12th graders For more information on how to apply for these opportunities, please contact Steve Edelstein, Executive Director.
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford – Grants for travel to Israel made possible by the Harvey Friedland Israel Youth Experience Memorial Fund and the Evelyn Rosen Youth Israel Travel Fund are available to Jewish teens residing in the Greater New Bedford area.
Contact: (508) 997-7471 [email protected]
Grants are available for teens residing in the Greater Bedford area for travel/study in Israel. Requests must be written. For more information please contact Olga Yorish at [email protected]
New Haven, Connecticut
Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven – The Israel Scholarship program is open to high school students who live in the Greater New Haven area. Applications are due by March 9, 2019.
Contact: Beth Kupcho
In order to apply for a scholarship the student is required to submit a 250 word essay reflecting on the Jewish community and their contribution to it. With the essay, the student needs at least 2 recommendation letters.
New Jersey – Northern
The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey is offering incentive grants of up to 20% for northern New Jersey students to attend an 18-week semester session, 8-week academic year session or 6-week summer session at Alexander Muss High School in Israel. Please contact Joyce Greenberg at 201-820-3907 for more information.
New Jersey – Southern
The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey’s Department of Jewish Education offers the Gift of Israel Program and need-based scholarships to local Jewish teens traveling to Israel. ContactPenina Hoffnung at (856) 751-9500 ext 208 for more information. The Jewish Community Foundation also offers the Freda & Sam Yacker Israel Experience Award of up to $3,000 for an approved program (essay required). Please contact Jeff Klein at (856) 673-2521 for more details.
New York, New York
The Jewish Federation of New York offers a variety of merit and need-based scholarships to high school residents of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Bronx, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk or Westchester. For more information contact the Israel Experience Center at (800) 64-ISRAEL.
The Center for Jewish Education administers a wide variety of scholarships for youth travel to Israel. Many, but not all, of these scholarships have financial need as criteria in determining awards. Contact Mary Sue Grossman, Assistant Executive Director, at 402-334-6445, for more information.
Palm Beach County, Florida
Participants may apply to the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County for financial need-based scholarships towards approved Israel experiences. In addition, participants who received a Gift of Israel voucher at their Bar or Bat Mitzvah from the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County can redeem their voucher towards the program. Contact Melissa Arden for more information.
The Philadelphia Jewish Federation administers a Passport to Israel incentive savings fund for teens as well as need-based scholarships for teens, college students and adults wishing to travel, study or volunteer in Israel. The maximum scholarship is $2,500, but no more than half of the program expense. Contact Drew Martin at (215) 832-0530 for more information.
The Harold and Jean Grossman Israel Experience Scholarship Fund provides grants for up to $1,000 to area teens wishing to travel to Israel this summer on a qualified program. Additional funds are available through the BJE of Phoenix. For more information, please call Elaine Hirsch at 480-634-8050 X-1307, or email her at [email protected]
We have a new grant program to encourage Israel experiences for teens living in the greater Portland community, Chai Israel.
Now all Jewish teens in greater Portland, regardless of their affiliation, are eligible to receive grants towards both a HS AND 1 Gap Year Israel experience.
There is a 2nd local scholarship, Teen Israel, through our Board of Rabbis, that the family will have to be in touch with, that will subsidize the cost, too.
Any questions, please contact Caron Blau Rothstein at [email protected] or 503-245-6449.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh offers non-need-based scholarships for $1750.00 to Jewish teenagers traveling on qualified Israel summer, semester, and gap year programs. Additional need-based funding is also available on a first come, first served basis. Priority is given to first time visitors to Israel but teens may apply for a second scholarship in a subsequent year. Applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. For complete eligibility information or to apply, contact Debbie Swartz at 412-99-5208 or [email protected] or visit www.jfedpgh.org/israelscholarships.
The Bureau of Jewish Education of Rhode Island administers a variety of incentive and need-based grants to Rhode Island residents of high-school age and beyond. Applications, a personal interview and references are required for all students. In addition, all students must participate in an orientation session, (two evenings, for a total of seven hours) and a re-entry session. ContactElanah Chassen, Israel Desk Coordinator, (401) 421-4111 x 140 for more information.
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Rochester, New York
The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester has scholarships available for Israel experiences. In addition, the Federation administers a Gift of Israel incentive savings fund, which can be used for teens to travel to Israel on approved programs. Contact Amy Libenson, Director of Planned Giving and Endowments, at (585) 461-0490 x8635 for more information.
San Diego, California
The Jewish Federation of San Diego County is proud to open the My Israel Journey — Teen Subsidy Program. This program grants eligible teens living in San Diego County a one-time award of up to $1,500 toward participation in an approved, educational program in Israel. These grants are not needs based and are open to all 8th-12th graders. For details please contact Janese Cassel, Israel Connections Coordinator at (858) 737-7136 or email her at [email protected].
San Francisco, California
San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, California
The local Federation office offers scholarships for up to $500 to local teenagers travelling on approved summer programs to Israel. Applicants must write an essay and be interviewed as part of the application process. Contact the Federation at 626-332-0700 for more information.
The Sarasota-Manatee Federation offers scholarships through Friedman Family Scholarship Fund for students accepted to an AMHSI program. Contact Andrea Eiffert, STEP and Grants Allocation Specialist at (941) 552-6308 or via email at [email protected]
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle offers scholarships to Jewish teenagers traveling to Israel. Click here to learn more.
The Federation of Southern Illinois offers $500 subsidies and low interest loans to teens who are Federation members and wish to travel to Israel on an approved program. Contact the Federation at (618) 398-6100 for more information.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Springfield offers a variety of scholarships and grants to Jewish teenagers traveling to Israel. For more information, contact Michelle Lancto, Grants Administrator at (413) 732-9994.
United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford – The Rabbi Alex J. Goldman Memorial Essay Contest is available for sophomores, juniors and seniors who reside in Stamford, New Canaan or Darien. First prize wins $1,000.
Contact: Diane Sloyer at [email protected] or 203-321-1373
Students in grades 10-12 can enter an essay contest for the chance to win either 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in the contest. The amount of money awarded depends on which place the student ranks. The essay is between 500-750 words and must use a provided quote and relate it to their own personal experiences in the Jewish world.
St. Louis, Missouri
The Central Agency for Jewish Education offers a variety of need and merit based scholarships and loans to Jewish teens traveling to Israel. Contact Karen Rader at (314) 442-3756 for more information.
St. Paul, Minnesota
The Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul offers Israel Experience Scholarships to Jewish children and young adults, ages 13-22, for approved Israel travel programs. Applicants who are planning their first trip to Israel will receive priority. Contact Sharyn Effress-Pesses at (651) 695-3186 for more information.
Syracuse, New York
The Syracuse Jewish Federation offers $250 to each high school student who has completed the 10th grade or will complete the 10th grade at the time of his or her Israel trip at the Federation-subsidized Rabbi Epstein Hebrew High School, The Temple Society of Concord Hebrew High School, the Temple Adath Yeshurun Confirmation Class, or if the student has just relocated here, the equivalent at a Hebrew High School in another city. Scholarships are only available to high school students who have not been on an organized peer trip to Israel. All programs must be approved by the Federation. Students are required to attend 1 session prior to their trip and required to recruit others to participate in Israel trips when they return and to share their experiences with the community. The Federation offers an additional scholarship to the same group. The Wolfson scholarship requires students to complete an application, write an essay as well as participate in an interview. Financial need is considered. Contact Rich Friedman at (315) 445-2040 ext. 105 for more information.
The Jewish Experience Fund of the United Jewish Council of Greater Toledo provides stipends of up to $1,000 for local teens participating in an approved Israel travel program or other qualifying Jewish summer program. Contact the Department of Jewish Programs at (419) 724-0365 for more information.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Grants based on financial need are available from the Israel Affairs Department at the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver. Eligibility is limited to Jewish applicants ages 14-26 and are residents of British Columbia. Priority is given to applicants that are making their first trip to Israel, and the maximum scholarship available is $2,500 per applicant. Each student must sign a pledge of community involvement upon their return from Israel which can include speaking about Israel to a group of students or adults, volunteering for service at a Jewish agency, volunteering for service at a community event or participating in Jewish studies. Contact If’at Eilon-Heiber orMichael Pinsky at (604) 257-5100 for more information.
Washington, DC area
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington administers Israel Quest, which provides need-based grants for Jewish teens in grades 9-12 living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area to participate in an approved Israel program. Israel Quest funding is disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is important to apply early. Contact Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath at 301.230.7283 for more information.
Here is the link to the scholarship and application: http://www.shalomdc.org/israelquest/
The Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation offers scholarships to all local teens traveling to Israel on an approved program for up to $1500. Requests for additional need-based financial assistance will also be considered. Contact the Federation office at 316-686-4741 for more information.
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AMHSI has a medical doctor and a nurse on-call at all hours of the day for emergencies and the school is in close proximity to two major hospitals. In addition, the nurse is available on campus to examine students who have any health complaints and to provide appropriate treatment. Infirmary hours are Sunday – Thursday from 6:45 AM – 8:30 AM and 6:45 PM – 8:00 PM. The best way to reach the nurse, if needed, is via email at [email protected].
During daytime hours and on trips, students who need additional medical attention are taken to the local medical center (kupat holim). At night, students are taken to an urgent healthcare center (bikur rofim). Students are always accompanied by a staff member.
All health-related issues should be reported to the school in the medical form prior to the student’s arrival. In addition, we encourage students to approach us regarding any health-related or emotional issues that may arise while a student is on the program.
AMHSI provides medical insurance to all participants. This coverage applies to all participants but does not cover any preexisting conditions. Lab work, follow-up treatment and prescription medications are all covered by our medical insurance. For students with preexisting conditions, please check with your healthcare provider for information regarding coverage while your child is in Israel. Please note that allergies are considered a preexisting condition.
It is also possible to purchase additional insurance to cover hospitalization for those with preexisting conditions through AMHSI’s insurance agent in Israel. This additional insurance policy is appropriate for students whose preexisting conditions might require a hospital stay. Please note that this rider does not cover visits to a specialist for the preexisting conditions, nor will the rider cover visits to a hospital emergency room for symptoms related to the preexisting condition.
AMHSI is not involved in the insurance process; however, if you have questions and/or wish to purchase the insurance rider, please contact:
Amos Gilboa, Representative Agent
Yedidim Assurance Agencies, LTD.
15 Yad Harutzim Street, Tel Aviv, 67778.
Tel: 03-6386216 or 03-6889407
Email: [email protected]
We also can provide the necessary enrollment forms.
If a student takes prescription medications, please pack enough to last for the entire trip, as well as bring a written copy of the prescription. Also, please remember to pack any orthotics, knee braces or other items students may use on a regular basis at home.
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AMHSI at a Glance
- Main campus in Hod HaSharon, not far from Tel Aviv
- 8-week and 18-week academic year and 6-week summer programs (plus Poland trips!)
- Experiential learning: encounter history where it actually happened
- Balance of academic and fun, cultural and bonding activities
Why Choose Us
- Most loved and recommended Israel-based study abroad program
- International students coming from the US, Canada, Australia, Panama, Austria, Turkey and more!
- A variety of programs to choose from ranging in duration, dates and other options
- Ability to earn college credit from the University of Miami
- College-style campus as a base for learning and travel across Israel