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    My tips for school are.. - by Halle Schwartzman

    Posted by Halle Schwartzman on 03.04.20
    One tip I can give anyone coming abroad is always have your wallet, and I mean always. It takes a few days to get a new card and also it just isn’t a good feeling because you have nothing. Another tip, download a converter app. I have one called Currency and it hasn’t done me wrong. One more tip, just be responsible. Just because everyone is going out every night doesn’t mean you have to also. The food on campus won’t kill you
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    2020, February Session, HSI Life, Philadelphia,
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    "How to - A Student's Guide to Life in Israel" - by Jordyn Grunfeld

    Posted by Jordyn Grunfeld on 03.04.20
    With time management and money skills, there shouldn’t be many other problems on this trip because these are definitely smart, independent skills teenagers should learn in their life!
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    2020, February Session, HSI Life, Philadelphia,
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    Welcome to your all inclusive, exotic, and refreshing “how to” guide for your time in Israel.

    Posted by Gabrielle Leon on 03.04.20
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    2020, February Session, HSI Life, Philadelphia,
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    "How to - A Student's Guide to Life in Israel" - by Lauren Naselsky

    Posted by Lauren Naselsky on 03.04.20
    By managing your time, keeping up with your classes and making the best out of your time here at AMHSI you will have the best trip ever.
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    2020, February Session, HSI Life, Philadelphia,
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    "How to - A Student's guide to Life in Israel" - by Jacob Brownstein

    Posted by Jacob Brownstein on 03.04.20
    In my opinion, time management is the single most important skill one can and should develop on this trip. Each day on campus I face a similar “dilemma”: do I stay in and get work done or experience all that the amazing town of Hod HaSharon has to offer?
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    2020, February Session, HSI Life, Philadelphia,
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    “How to” Life in Israel - by Sofia Masri

    Posted by Sofia Masri on 03.04.20
    When I got to Israel everything was new to me. Yes, I had been to Israel before, but going to school in Israel and taking classes is a whole different type of experience. You are forced to learn how to manage your time between school and friends, and you have to learn when to prioritize what. It is very easy to fall behind if you are not smart about time management, so that is one of the things you learn how to do first, in my opinion. For example, we have to write photo journals after each tiyul (field trip), and because we go on tiyulim so frequently, it is hard to find time to write them. I have found that writing them on the bus rides home are the most efficient.
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    2020, February Session, HSI Life, Philadelphia,
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    Going out of your comfort zone will make your trip unforgettable

    Posted by Brooke Ashdale on 03.04.20
    This experience is truly one of a kind, and as I begin my sixth week here, my heart breaks knowing I'll be heading home in a few weeks. I cannot stress enough that going out of your comfort zone and making the most out of every experience handed to you will make your trip unforgettable.
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    2020, February Session, HSI Life, Philadelphia,
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    "How to - A Student's guide to Life in Israel" by Morey Averill

    Posted by Morey Averill on 03.03.20
    To some extent, I said the most important skills to have or learn to develop on this trip are time management, so you do not get constantly swamped with work, as well as finding good friends who can help you through tough times and cheer you up. Along with being there to help you study and as resources to help you with anything from school to life.
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    2020, February Session, HSI Life, Philadelphia,
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    I have created a “Students Guide to Life in Israel” to help incoming students be successful here at Muss.

    Posted by Alex Gindea on 03.03.20
    Being on campus at HSI has honestly been a phenomenal experience. I have already made so many memories on this trip and have learned important values of Judaism which will last a lifetime. However, keeping up with all the work is essential to having a great experience. Based on my experience so far, I have created a “Students Guide to Life in Israel” to help incoming students be successful here at Muss.
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    2020, February Session, HSI Life, Philadelphia,
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    "How to" - A Student's Guide to Life in Israel"

    Posted by Emma McWilliams on 03.03.20
    Having the opportunity to learn while in a new environment with new people contributes a lot to life here; take advantage of the extra support, the small class sizes, and the fun things you learn. Going with the flow is another aspect that makes living in Israel even better. You are able to enjoy yourself more when you know things will happen that you are not expecting.
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    2020, February Session, HSI Life, Philadelphia,
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    I truly thank AMHSI’s living classroom concept because it is teaching me things not only about history but about myself too.

    Posted by Halle Schwartzman on 03.01.20
    If I were to hike Masada with my family, we would most likely just walk up, check it out at the top then go back down. But with AMHSI, we toured the entire thing and I learned what each and everything was and why it was there. When we were about to go down, we went to the end of the mountain where we saw other mountains and even some people hiking far away. We then were told to scream “Masada shall not fall again” but in Hebrew. We yelled it word my word and it echoed throughout the desert. Nothing has ever been so special to me before this experience and I truly thank AMHSI’s living classroom concept because it is teaching me things not only about history but about myself too.
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    2020, February Session, Living classroom, Philadelphia,
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    Being at the sight made the experience much more memorable.

    Posted by Sofia Masri on 02.26.20
    We had to put ourselves in the mindset of a people who just lost maybe the most important battle of their peoples’ history, and just three years later were being once again threatened with certain death. The fact that we were sitting where the Zealots may have actually sat and planned their escape placed us very close to the mindset of the people 4000 years ago. I am a very visual learner, so my being at the sight made the experience much more memorable.
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    2020, February Session, Living classroom, Philadelphia,
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    Not a typical classroom I am used to..

    Posted by Jordyn Grunfeld on 02.26.20
    For example, hiking Masada was definitely the hardest activity we have done so far on our tiyuls. This really helped our class gain a perspective on how the Jews had to do this thousands of years ago without the materials we have now that we used to hike it, such as hiking boots, lights, and backpacks with water. When we made it up to the top of the mountain, we started learning about the Jews’ past and how the Romans surrounded every side of the mountain waiting for them to come down. It makes the class extremely entertaining when we’re at the spot that we are learning about. We also called out from the side of the mountain, “Masada Shall Not Fall Again” which was absolutely incredible because it felt so real, everything we were learning about and actually being there. It really is an indescribable feeling getting to learn at the site which we once learned about in a classroom. It opens your eyes up to more perspectives than you would ever think.
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    2020, February Session, Living classroom, Philadelphia,
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    Israel has literally become my “living classroom”

    Posted by Alex Gindea on 02.26.20
    To map out a typical Tiyul day, it starts with a relaxing bus ride. Shortly after we arrive to the location, we start taking some quick notes. After that, the day is focused on observing and experiencing what the Jews did thousands of years ago. These days seem to fly by, as the day is packed with activities and sites to visit. Being in these symbolic locations, allows me to not only fully process what is happening, but to relate more with the lives of the Jewish people back then. I cannot put into words how much I love this program and the memories that I have already created. I am so appreciative of this amazing opportunity I have been given and look forward to the rest of this adventure.
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    2020, February Session, Living classroom, Philadelphia,
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    Living in my own personal classroom is what makes this program so special

    Posted by Brooke Ashdale on 02.26.20
    At home, I constantly find myself falling asleep in class or zoning out due to boredom, but while on Muss, I’m so glad I can say i haven’t found myself bored once. The tiyuls we go on are incredibly eye opening, and knowing that I will never experience trips like these again makes them 10 times more special. Living in my own personal classroom on Muss is truly the most amazing experience and I wouldn’t trade anything for it.
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    2020, February Session, Living classroom, Philadelphia,
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    This is why I love an interactive classroom.

    Posted by Morey Averill on 02.26.20
    When it is all said and done my favorite part of the interactive classroom is it is fun. To simply put it, I see myself countless times wanting to learn more and being interested in class, something that does not happen very often in my school at home. This is why I love an interactive classroom.
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    2020, February Session, Living classroom, Philadelphia,
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    I stand by my original statement, this program is not a living classroom. It is simply living

    Posted by Gabrielle Leon on 02.26.20
    Without the constant stress of tests, and with the constant fluidity of the program, I am not only able to take in the material, but I am also able to experience the feelings of the places we visit. To be able to immerse oneself in something makes the experience all the more impactful. I’ll never forget laughing with my class as our teacher sang to us about the bizarre Canaanite rituals that used to take place at Tel Gezer. I’ll never forget how I felt when I reached the final few steps of our trek up Mount Gilboa, and I know I’ll never forget the view of Jerusalem from the edge of the city that took my breath away. I stand by my original statement; this program is not a living classroom. It is simply living
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    2020, February Session, Living classroom, Philadelphia,
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    Not only do we just visit the places, but we get to experience them

    Posted by Emma McWilliams on 02.26.20
    The opportunity to have Israel as our living classroom helps to separate us from being a tourist because we become familiar with the land and its past. Not only are we able to learn about Israel’s history at different sites, but we are also able to learn how to be more independent and responsible through our experiences on tiyulim and living in a dorm. Being able to shop by ourselves in the shuk, manage our time with school work, live with others, and stay organized has taught every single one of us new responsibilities that will help us throughout life. The experiences we have at Muss expand our learning in ways that just sitting in a classroom could not.
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    2020, February Session, Living classroom, Philadelphia,
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    Israel has become my living classroom and I could not be happier.

    Posted by Jacob Brownstein on 02.26.20
    This is just one tiyul, but one that deeply touched me and gave me a deeper look into something that I may not have fully understood in a classroom. Israel has become my living classroom and I could not be happier.
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    2020, February Session, Living classroom, Philadelphia,
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    Today’s tiyul in Sataf made me feel a newfound sense of unity and community.

    Posted by Noa Abramovitch on 02.12.20
    This feeling was overwhelming, and I felt an abundance of gratitude for my Jewish identity.
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    2020, Israel, Living classroom,