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  • Washington State

    I have many goals for my time in Israel.

    Posted by Korynn Levy on 09.01.19
    I have many goals for my time in Israel that I hope to achieve by the end of this semester. Becoming fluent in Hebrew is something that I want to work hard for so that I could interact and socialize with Israelis in town and other people who speak Hebrew. Learning Hebrew would open my opportunities to try new and interesting Israeli foods while visiting plenty of shops around town.
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    Goals, Washington State,
  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    I am ready to get on that flight to Israel and start this new chapter in my life.

    Posted by Noa Chesal on 08.22.19
    As a Jewish teenager, I feel that all Jewish teenagers should know about this program and also have the opportunity I'm getting. Most of my family lives in Israel which is awesome because I will feel even more connected. Putting aside this excitement, I'm also very nervous. I’m mostly nervous about forgetting something like really big. I think I have everything packed. Well, Sunday is very close, and I am ready. I am ready to get on that flight to Israel and start this new chapter in my life.
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    Miami, Pre-trip expectations,
  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    Great treasures and invaluable experiences surely await me on the other side of the ocean.

    Posted by Carlos Gamboa on 08.21.19
    Today is the 20th of August; on the 25th, I will endure an early morning ride to the airport and depart on my journey to Israel. My palms are sweating and my heart hangs heavy in my chest, my head spinning in a cyclone of nerves and anticipation. I picture myself as a conquistador about to board some rickety wooden ship and sail off into the great unknown.
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    Miami, Pre-trip expectations,
  • Washington State

    Life is a journey make the most out of it.

    Posted by Ciona Antolin on 08.21.19
    Since I’ve been here and even before this trip I always thought “Life is a journey make the most out of it” and I believe this is exactly what I’m doing, I’m coming to Israel to see things I’ve only seen in documentaries or movies with my own eyes. I want to bring everything I learn and experience about the language, the people, and the food home with me. I can’t wait to create new lifelong friendships while exploring the deep meaning behind this land.
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    Greater Washington, Pre-trip expectations,
  • Washington State

    I can't wait to get on the El Al airplane and fly out to Israel.

    Posted by Emilio Gandolffi-Levine on 08.21.19
    I chose to apply for the impact fellowship because I want to become more skilled at conveying my ideas to my community through public speaking and media. The impact fellowship looked like a perfect way to be able to experience an amazing program like Muss and also learn how to be a better leader so that I can bring something back to my community coming home.
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    Greater Washington, Pre-trip expectations,
  • Washington State

    A week from today I will be in Israel.

    Posted by Eli Isaac on 08.21.19
    A week from today I will be in Israel. I am very excited about this trip as I have been looking forward to it for a long time. I am looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends and connections all around the United States.
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    Greater Washington, Pre-trip expectations,
  • Washington State

    I hope to get more of an appreciation of my Jewish Identity and share it more with the world.

    Posted by Korynn Levy on 08.21.19
    My expectations of Israel and AMHSI are moderately high because I know that they are guiding me further along my road of success. I hope that I will do exceptionally well in adjusting to the big change that is occurring while flying across the globe. I know that AMHSI will teach me about important educational topics that affect the community and add to my understanding of the basic High School curriculum. I think that this school will help me appreciate and fit into this new culture along with making me feel at home and comfortable. While I’m here I will be given the chance to expand on my leadership qualities and social abilities.
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    Greater Washington, Pre-trip expectations,
  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    All my life I’ve always dreamed of living in Israel one day.

    Posted by Jules Cohen on 08.21.19
    Hi!!! My name is Jules Cohen. I am a junior and I go to MAC (Miami Arts Charter) in Wynwood. I’m from Aventura, Florida. All my life I’ve always dreamed of living in Israel one day. Since I’m half Israeli, I’ve always wanted to celebrate and I’ve always been proud of that part of me. My mom is American and my dad is Israeli. So my grandparents, aunts/uncle and my cousins all live in Israel.
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    Miami, Pre-trip expectations,
  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    Hello, my name is Zohar Steinmetz, and I am only 4 days away from the best experience of my life!

    Posted by Zohar Steinmetz on 08.21.19
    Hello, my name is Zohar Steinmetz, and I am only 4 days away from the best experience of my life! I will be entering my sophomore year and I can't believe I have been given the opportunity to study abroad. Although I don't go to a Jewish school I am part of many youth groups including NCSY, SNFTY, BBYO, and tzofim. Being a part of all of these groups helps me feel connected to Israel and my Judaism.
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    Miami, Pre-trip expectations,
  • Washington State

    A year ago I would have never imagined that I would be spending a semester abroad in Israel.

    Posted by Margot Cohen on 08.20.19
    A year ago I would have never imagined that I would be spending a semester abroad in Israel. Six or seven months ago I was completely oblivious to the fact that my time away from Seattle would be this year. Regardless, I could not be more excited to embark on this journey.
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    Greater Washington, Pre-trip expectations,
  • Washington State

    I don’t even think that word “excited” really encompasses the emotion that I am feeling.

    Posted by Esther Polyakovsky on 08.20.19
    Everyone I’ve talked to, whether they have been on Alexander Muss or not, has told me that the next four months are going to be a life-changing experience. I believe them. My hope for my time on Alexander Muss is that I will learn and connect to Israel and the Jewish people in ways beyond the classroom or from simply touring around.
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    Greater Washington, Pre-trip expectations,
  • Washington State

    16 weeks of unknown adventure awaits me.

    Posted by Annabelle Friedman on 08.20.19
    16 weeks of unknown adventure awaits me. The thought of leaving Washington, which has been home to me for the last fifteen years, fills me with immense amounts of thrill and curiosity. However, I’m also overwhelmed by the fear of the unknown. As much as the mystery of where this journey will take me excites me, the thought of not knowing what friend groups I will fit into, if my teachers will like me, if I get along with my roommates, and about a hundred other questions that cannot be answered until I am actually on the program, makes me very anxious.
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    Greater Washington, Pre-trip expectations,
  • Las Vegas

    Goal setting for a summer in Israel

    Posted by Brianna Wallace on 08.11.19
    At the beginning of this trip I had set a number of goals that I would like to accomplish by the end of it. First of all I made so many new friends and made a lot of memories with them. I had such a great time traveling all over Israel. I wouldn’t want to do it any other way. I learned so much stuff that I never knew about before. I had so much fun.
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    Goals, Las Vegas,
  • Las Vegas

    Tiyul to the Golan Heights

    Posted by Brianna Wallace on 08.11.19
    Tiyul. A tiyul is a trip that we go on. A tiyul that was very meaningful to me was the one to the Golan Heights. In this tiyul we had learned the history behind it. The Golan Heights are up high mountains that are right above the Hula Valley. They are right by the border of the country. It is very important to keep it a part of Israel. The reason why is because if another country had control then it would be easier for them to attack Israel. We need to protect the borders of Israel so the rest of Israel doesn’t face as big of a threat.
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    Israel, Las Vegas,
  • Las Vegas

    The past six weeks have gone by faster than anything I've ever experienced

    Posted by Lia Jensch on 08.01.19
    My time in HSI has honestly felt like some sort of mind trick because on the one hand, the first week felt like a year and I was sure it would never end, but on the other, the past six weeks have gone by faster than anything I've ever experienced. In this amount of time so much has changed about me and about my expectations that I feel like a whole new person coming out of it.
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    Goals, Las Vegas,
  • Las Vegas

    Many of my tiulim experiences here have included some of my best memories in HSI overall.

    Posted by Lia Jensch on 08.01.19
    Many of my tiulim experiences here have included some of my best memories in HSI overall. The trips here genuinely stuck out in my mind because of how unique they are in the way they are planned out. Although all of the trips have been meaningful to me, the one that has made the greatest impression on me has to be the first trip to Jerusalem. Not only was it the first overnight trip of HSI but it also happened to be my first time in Jerusalem that wasn’t for family.
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    Las Vegas,
  • Photo Journalism Blog

    Sde Boker and the Negev

    Posted by AMHSI Student on 07.29.19
    On our tiyul to the Negev on July 23rd, we started off the day with a seemingly easy hike with some pretty pools. We then continued this hike past the water, and it turned into something much harder than before. The hike was Masada-like: extremely steep stairs and even some ladders. I personally loved the hike itself. It was a beautiful area and the hike was both fun and challenging. However, the scorching sun made it almost unbearable. I could barely make it to the end and I got so tired.
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    Living classroom,
  • Las Vegas

    It is absolutely insane to me that six weeks have passed.

    Posted by Eden Gal on 07.29.19
    Six weeks have gone by so quickly. It is absolutely insane to me that six weeks have passed. It feels as if yesterday I boarded the flight, landed in Israel, and discovered this beautiful country. It has been such a spectacular several weeks. I had a great time and I am so sad it is over already. In the beginning of the trip I set goals for myself. The goals revolved around what I wanted to achieve and accomplish while at High School in Israel and in Israel in general, this summer.
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    Goals, Impact, Las Vegas,
  • Las Vegas

    One that stood out to me in particular was Masada.

    Posted by Eden Gal on 07.29.19
    All of the Tiyulim were very meaningful to me. Many stood out to me in comparison to others. They stood out based on the material we were learning, the people I was surrounded with, and the places I was in. One that stood out to me in particular was Masada. I really enjoyed Masada.
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    Las Vegas, Living classroom, Living History, Masada,
  • Las Vegas

    This trip has opened many doors for me, and meeting my goals was just one of them.

    Posted by Allison Stidham on 07.28.19
    At the beginning of this amazing program, I wrote about some goals I want to accomplish here at HSI. While I didn’t spend this entire trip drilling these ideas into my head, I feel as though I have definitely met my expectations. One of the most important goals that I wanted to accomplish was coming out of my comfort zone and meeting new people.
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    Goals, Las Vegas,