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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,
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    Today in Tel Megiddo

    Posted by Noa Abramovitch on 02.12.20
    If I realize the consistent small miracles in my life, I can find a deeper appreciation and meaning in life.
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    2020, Israel, Living classroom,
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    But God is a קול דממה דקה - Megiddo and Carmel

    Posted by Gabi Bekhrad on 02.12.20
    But God is a קול דממה דקה. God is present in the little moments in life, like the birth of a child or a very special moment with your friends.
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    2020, Israel, Living classroom,
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    The view and trail at Sataf was absolutely incredible.

    Posted by Maya Foonberg on 02.12.20
    The view and trail at Sataf was absolutely incredible.
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    2020, Israel, Jerusalem, Living classroom,
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    Today we traveled to Sataf

    Posted by Abby Sosnow on 02.11.20
    Today we traveled to Sataf. We learned about how this village survived the notoriously bad time of the Shoftim. Compared to most of the other structures from this time, the archaeology in the Sataf is still completely intact.
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    2020, Israel, Living classroom,
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    My ultimate goal for this trip is to make this trip as memorable and amazing as possible

    Posted by Jacob Brownstein on 02.10.20
    My ultimate goal for this trip is to make this trip as memorable and amazing as possible with the hope that one day I will share my experiences with others in order that they may share my joy of Israel.
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    2020, February Session, Goals, Impact, Philadelphia,
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    I realized I needed to set some goals for myself..

    Posted by Halle Schwartzman on 02.10.20
    Before leaving, I thought about the time difference and how I would be 7 hours ahead from home. It sounded really scary and upsetting at first but then I realized that it will be a good thing. I can disconnect. The only people I would be able to talk to would be the other people in Israel with me. I could literally leave my phone in the dorm all morning and not be “missing out” on anything at home. So one big goal I have for myself during my time here is to look around and really soak in what's going on around me and not just sit back and feel bad for myself when I’m not having the best time ever all the time.
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    2020, February Session, Goals, Impact, Philadelphia,
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    The goals I have set for myself while on this trip mean a lot to me

    Posted by Brooke Ashdale on 02.10.20
    The goals I have set for myself while on this trip mean a lot to me and I am excited to accomplish them with all of my friends while on AMHSI!
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    2020, February Session, Goals, Impact, Philadelphia,
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    Overall my major goal is to make the best out of my experience here at HSI

    Posted by Lauren Naselsky on 02.10.20
    Another goal I have is to try new things. During my time here in Israel I want to try new foods and be open to all of the activities Israel and HSI have to offer. Overall my major goal is to make the best out of my experience here at HSI and live every day to the fullest. I have had the best 10 days here and I can’t wait to continue the next several weeks here with my friends accomplishing more goals.
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    2020, February Session, Goals, Impact, Philadelphia,
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    It is our 11th day at Alexander Muss..

    Posted by Emma McWilliams on 02.10.20
    tiyulim have contributed to this strong connection, and I know that this will only deepen as we continue to travel across the country guided by ideas in our curriculum. A final goal of mine is to leave AMHSI being more open-minded. In our Israeli Studies core class we have already begun learning about the importance of understanding, in addition to studying different perspectives throughout history and about current events. I want to keep this mindset with me when I come home and interact with people that have different beliefs and ideas. Already, Muss has been one of the most impactful experiences of my life, and I look forward to how amazing the rest of the trip will be.
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    2020, February Session, Goals, Impact, Philadelphia,