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  • Washington State

    When I arrived in Israel I was pretty certain that I knew what my goals for the trip were.

    Posted by Margot Cohen on 09.02.19
    Regardless of what my goals were when I first got here, I am completely certain on how I want my experience at AMHSI to be. And because of the people I have met and the places I have already gone, I know that they are completely achievable.
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  • Washington State

    My goal is that I can get the absolute most out of this experience...

    Posted by Esther Polyakovsky on 09.01.19
    Another goal I have is to improve my Hebrew. I have learned Hebrew in varying classes before because I went to Jewish Day School, but I’ve always struggled most with speaking. The opportunity to take a Hebrew class and even better, to be surrounded by Hebrew speakers, is something I have been looking forward to about this program. My goal is that I will be more comfortable speaking in Hebrew while I am here - in shops, restaurants and in class; and that when I return home, I will be able to keep this knowledge.
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  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    Hello, my name is Shlomie Assouline...

    Posted by Salomon Assouline on 09.01.19
    Hello, my name is Shlomie Assouline, and I am extremely excited to be an Alexander Muss High School in Israel Impact fellow. For months I have been telling people that I will head to Israel to study abroad, receiving massive kudos and some disbelief. I have been buying and trying on clothes, packing for four months, trying to manage a social life, and keeping a day job as a counselor. But for what?
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  • Washington State

    There is always room to improve yourself and there is no better place to do it then here at Alexander Muss High school.

    Posted by Annabelle Friedman on 09.01.19
    During the four days I have spent here I have learned that I have much to work on as a person and a student. There is always room to improve yourself and there is no better place to do it then here at Alexander Muss High school, where we are in an extremely supportive community.
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  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    I know I am going to grow so much as an individual on this amazing program.

    Posted by Noa Chesal on 09.01.19
    I have been in Israel for five days, and it has been such an awesome experience so far. At the beginning when I first got there, I have to admit, I was pretty overwhelmed. The jet lag was getting to me and so was the time difference. Now, I am starting to get used to everything little by little. We just started classes so I'm not fully adjusted to them yet, but I'm getting there. I have a lot of goals for this semester that I want to accomplish. I have already accomplished my first goal which is to branch out and meet a bunch of new friends!!
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  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    Goals is a big topic considering I have minor ones and slightly more major ones.

    Posted by Esther Yankelevitch on 09.01.19
    Goals is a big topic considering I have minor ones and slightly more major ones. Some of my minor goals included making friends and keeping up my grades. While I feel like I have already accomplished the first goal, the second goal might take a little longer to achieve. Other minor goals included keeping my dorm neat and organized and making sure to stay hygienic. While these were only small things to focus on, they could be very important.
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  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    I now know that when I want something all I need is dedication and belief in myself.

    Posted by Zohar Steinmetz on 09.01.19
    Over these past few days, I've been asked what I want to achieve from this program, or why I'm here. I've thought about it for a while, and I've realized that I have many goals and reasons. One of the most obvious things that I would like to accomplish is getting good grades and keeping them up the whole semester. I want to make good habits and keep up with them. For example, I don't want to put aside homework and tell myself I’ll do it later, or I don't want to tell myself I cant. I now know that when I want something all I need is dedication and belief in myself.
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  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    This experience is incredibly exciting for a multitude of reasons...

    Posted by Salomon Assouline on 09.01.19
    Hello, my name is Shlomie Assouline, of Miami, Florida, and I am just embarking on this new journey of doing High School in the ancient but modern land of Israel. This experience is incredibly exciting for a multitude of reasons, the first is that this is my first time in the Jewish homeland.
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  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    So it’s my first week at Alexander Muss High School in Israel.

    Posted by Jules Cohen on 09.01.19
    My other goal is to find a way to connect with my Jewish identity better. I already started to by our Israeli/Jewish studies class with my teacher Michael. I like that we have the chance to think for ourselves and what we want to believe in. Growing up, you’re made to believe that everything happens a certain way, you’re parents tell you what they believe in and ultimately, that’s what you follow. However, when you’re not surrounded by your parents and their beliefs, you start believing in your own. In class, Michael relates life issues with the Tanakh, which I found myself doing that as well. I love this class because it’s starting to make me love Judaism even more and connect with it so much better.
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  • Washington State

    I also want to make this experience a journey of character growth...

    Posted by Emilio Gandolffi-Levine on 09.01.19
    Although it has only been a few days at Alexander Muss High School Israel, the feeling of living at home in this new and exciting country with friends from different parts of the United States is unlike any experience I’ve had before. With all the fun I know I will have on the trip; I also want to make this experience a journey of character growth and a way to learn new skills that I could only get out of a program like this.
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  • Washington State

    6 days in, and already my second family!

    Posted by Ciona Antolin on 09.01.19
    I have only been at Alexander Muss High School in Israel for 6 days, and I feel that I’m building close bonds to each and every person. While everyone is here, we are going to be learning many meaningful things about ourselves. So far, I have learned that I want to grow be a better person for not only myself, but the people surrounding me.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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