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  • Impact Fellowship Blog

    Soon I will be going to Israel with AMHSI.

    Posted by Mollie Wittenberg on 09.13.20
    When I heard about AMHSI through my mom I knew it was something I had to be a part of. It’s clear that the program is an amazing experience and I’m so lucky to get to join them. I’m also especially thrilled to be a part of the Impact Fellowship as I know this way I can share my experiences with others and get more kids to hear about this extraordinary opportunity.
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  • Impact Fellowship Blog

    Israel is one of my favorite places in the world.

    Posted by Daniella Ohayon on 09.13.20
    Israel is one of my favorite places in the world. Every year I go to see my family and every year I can't wait to go back. I'm especially excited for this trip because I have never gone alone or for more than a few weeks at a time to Israel and this time I would be doing both of those at Alexander Muss High School in Israel.
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  • Impact Fellowship Blog

    Stephen Muss (Miami)

    So, I'm hoping for a marvelous adventure.

    Posted by Ally Chesal on 09.13.20
    Honestly, I'm nervous to embark on this journey just as this over-thinker girl who can imagine all the little things that can go wrong. Although I am trying so hard to just not have any worries or bad expectations. I think this can be life changing if I go with my head up high and step with my right foot first. My nervousness is also a part of this gigantic excitement and happiness to do what I'm doing. So, I'm hoping for a marvelous adventure.
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    Pre-trip expectations,
  • Impact Fellowship Blog

    Stephen Muss (Miami)

    What I’m feeling is more of a mix of excitement, nervousness, eagerness, and a slight fear.

    Posted by Samuel Courtney on 09.13.20
    Also, as you know, I’m an impact fellow, so I have high expectations from the administration: I need to achieve good grades, be an astute role model, and be a leader. I’m not stressed about reaching those expectations because I know I will surpass them, but I want to demonstrate to the administration that I am capable and worthy of this tremendous honor. Overall, I’m very excited, a bit nervous, and more than ready to be in Israel, quarantining in the AMHSI campus.
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  • Impact Fellowship Blog

    Stephen Muss (Miami)

    I am looking forward to learn a lot more about Israel’s history.

    Posted by Eden Haik on 09.13.20
    I chose to apply for the fellowship because I feel like in school in America don’t really emphasize their education about Israel. Also because I believe that traveling around Israel and exchanging knowledge with my Jewish peers and educators will not only be a fun experience but also a great opportunity to learn more about my Jewish history.
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    Pre-trip expectations,
  • Impact Fellowship Blog

    Stephen Muss (Miami)

    I'm super excited to meet so many new people from different backgrounds and cultures!

    Posted by Noam Benartzy on 09.13.20
    Now, HSI is nothing to scoff at. I'm very grateful to have even been considered for the Impact Fellowship program, much less accepted into it. I'll be honest, it's a pretty scary thought. Being away from not only home, but everyone I know for 4 months is kind of crazy to me. I know that HSI is going to be a life-changing experience for me. At least, that's what the upperclassmen told me!
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  • Impact Fellowship Blog

    Stephen Muss (Miami)

    I have always been driven to learn more about my place in the global Jewish community.

    Posted by Leah Brodkey on 09.13.20
    Who I am: First off, I would like to introduce myself. Hi! My name is Leah and I will be traveling to Israel as an AMHSI/JNF Fellow for the 2020 fall semester. I will be doing so as a junior (Go Class of ’22!) and a Jewish girl excited to further her identity.
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  • Impact Fellowship Blog

    Washington State

    I am excited to go on an adventure and meet new people.

    Posted by Max Youssefnia on 09.13.20
    I also want to see all of the beautiful destinations across Israel. Recently I have been falling in love with nature and Israel has some of the best nature in the world. I am mostly just excited to be in a new environment with new people, new food, a new language, new everything.
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  • Impact Fellowship Blog

    Washington State

    I am SO excited to be able to go to Israel with Alexander Muss High School in Israel/Jewish National Fund.

    Posted by Rina Isaac on 09.13.20
    With COVID and staying healthy on my mind, I am nervous to travel and face all of the outside exposure. I am also nervous to face a completely new experience. Even though we have a schedule, nothing is set in stone and we will have to face everything day by day. I will also have to make friends that I can call my “family” and that can support me with all of these concerns and facing new experiences.
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  • Impact Fellowship Blog

    Washington State

    I know this experience is going to be magical...

    Posted by Madeline Lemchen on 09.13.20
    I know this experience is going to be magical and I hope to make long lasting friendships and memories that will stay with me forever. My biggest goal for this program is to become friends with everyone and try something new every day. I'm nervous for some of the hikes and how we will do during this pandemic, but I know the positive experience will out way the nerves.
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  • Impact Fellowship Blog

    Washington State

    What really stood out to me was hearing about how powerful it is to learn about Jewish history right where it happened.

    Posted by Sydney Somers on 09.13.20
    As a fellow, you have pre/during/post program responsibilities. An example of a pre-trip responsibility is participating in Plant Your Way To Israel, a great fundraising opportunity where half of the money you raise goes to JNF and the other half gets set aside for your trip. When in Israel, you get to practice your writing skills by writing a weekly blog and participate in a special leadership class once a week.
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  • Impact Fellowship Blog

    Washington State

    I am so excited to leave for Israel in less than a week!

    Posted by Talia Hartman on 09.13.20
    I decided to go to Israel because I want to explore and learn all about the holy land. I hope to come out of this experience having knowledge on everything in Israel. Specifically, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I want to come home and have the knowledge to educate other people from my experience.
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  • Impact Fellowship Blog

    Washington State

    I have not felt this excited in so long!

    Posted by Meital Perlin on 09.13.20
    It’s almost a week until I leave. I have not felt this excited in so long! I’ve been waiting all summer to have this experience; and here I am finally packing and getting all my stuff together. After an unusual end of school year I am so ready to be back as a student again.
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  • Impact Fellowship Blog

    Washington State

    Hey! I’m Ruby and this year I’ve been fortunate enough to receive a fellowship to attend school in Israel!

    Posted by Ruby McConnell on 09.13.20
    Hey! I’m Ruby and this year I’ve been fortunate enough to receive a fellowship to attend school in Israel! I’ve never been, however, since I was very little I was always so envious of my two older siblings who got to participate in the AMHSI program. My brother came back from his trip and gave me a chocolate bar that he’d purchased in Israel.
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  • Impact Fellowship Blog

    Washington State

    It is unreal to think that my twin sister and I are leaving the country in less than a week!

    Posted by Jordan Somers on 09.09.20
    I am so excited to be spending my fall semester of sophomore year in Israel! It is unreal to think that my twin sister and I are leaving the country in less than a week! I hope to make lifelong friends and have the chance to meet Jewish teens from across the world. This is important to me because there are not a lot of Jewish teens at my public high school, which means I have to actively seek out connections with other Jewish teens.
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  • AMHSI Staff & Educators

    Teaching Layers of History

    Posted by Akiva Gersh on 07.17.20
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    AMHSI, inspiration, Israel, Jerusalem, Tiyul,
  • AMHSI Staff & Educators

    My Muss-iversary

    Posted by Benjy Behrman on 06.26.20
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  • Photo Journalism Blog

    Even though I am not Israeli, I am Jewish so it felt good to help those similar to me

    Posted by Maya Foonberg on 03.04.20
    Lastly, Emek Tzurim was super interesting because we always see archaeological digs, but to actually be apart of one was really cool.
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    2020, Israel, Milken, volunteer,
  • Photo Journalism Blog

    I hope that when I look at it I’m always reminded to give to others and not take from them.

    Posted by Gabi Bekhrad on 03.04.20
    We also visited an artist who conveys themes from the Kabbalah through his art. I bought one of his paintings that really spoke to me and I hope that when I look at it I’m always reminded to give to others and not take from them.
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    2020, Israel, Living classroom, Milken,
  • Impact Fellowship Blog

    Philadelphia

    The most unique part of this experience of HSI is the feeling of your classroom coming alive.

    Posted by Lauren Naselsky on 03.04.20
    Coming on this program in Israel, has given me so much more educational opportunities than I could receive back In the United States. Not only are the things we are learning about so different than anything I would be learning in a public high school, but also the ability for us to be able to visit these sites, that hold so much historical significance is so extraordinary
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    2020, February Session, HSI Life, Philadelphia,