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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,
  • Photo Journalism Blog

    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,
  • Photo Journalism Blog

    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,
  • Photo Journalism Blog

    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,
  • Impact Fellowship Blog

    Philadelphia

    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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    Philadelphia

    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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    Philadelphia

    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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    Philadelphia

    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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    Philadelphia

    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,
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    Philadelphia

    So, I set a goal for myself, make this trip your own

    Posted by Gabrielle Leon on 02.09.20
    Little by little, these goals turned into a fresh, positive outlook on my experience, an outlook free from constraints of expectation. These goals, although seemingly minuscule in the grand scheme of things, became the foundational building blocks for my own story here at Muss, the one that I write.
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    2020, February Session, Goals, Impact, Philadelphia,
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    Philadelphia

    My goals for this trip

    Posted by Jordyn Grunfeld on 02.09.20
    I really hope that by the end of this journey, our group as a whole will feel so closely bonded that our friendships will last a lifetime and continue out of these two months. I hope that we all feel comfortable with each other and feel like we can go to each other with any problems we all have!
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    2020, February Session, Impact, Philadelphia,
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    Philadelphia

    I know the best is still yet to come

    Posted by Alex Gindea on 02.09.20
    Currently living in a dorm 6,000 miles away from home is allowing me to become more mature and self-sufficient. All of these skills that I’m learning and improving on, will make such a difference in my future. They will help me throughout making friendships, job interviews, and my transition into adulthood. This program is a life changing experience that will create unforgettable memories, as well as prepare me for the future. I am having a great time at Muss, and I cannot wait for the remaining 7 weeks. I know the best is still yet to come!
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    2020, February Session, Impact, Philadelphia,
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    Philadelphia

    The first goal I have is..

    Posted by Sofia Masri on 02.09.20
    Another goal of mine that I want to achieve on this trip is to widen my horizons on my knowledge of Judaism. When I was younger I went to synagogue regularly and I went to Hebrew school. Now I am finished Hebrew school and I volunteer at my local Hebrew school, but I was not learning anything new, and I feel like I was losing what kept me close to my religion, so I took my chance and applied to AMHSI to continue my hunger for a connection to my roots. Now my favorite class here is my Jewish studies class. I am learning so much and the best part is that my teacher is the best at keeping us interested and interacted.
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    2020, February Session, Impact, Philadelphia,
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    Philadelphia

    I am excited to bring back my own stories to share with friends and family.

    Posted by Lauren Naselsky on 01.26.20
    I have heard so many great stories from my friends who have gone in past years and I am excited to bring back my own stories to share with friends and family. I am beyond excited and I can’t wait to begin this amazing journey on Tuesday!
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    2020, February Session, Impact, Philadelphia, Pre-trip expectations,
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    Philadelphia

    This essay I wrote, this story about me, could give me such a big opportunity that I never would have even imagined possible. ​

    Posted by Halle Schwartzman on 01.26.20
    This fellowship means so much to me for many reasons. One of the main reasons obviously being that I’ve always wanted to go to Israel. But another big thing for me was that I could write an essay simply about me. My individual experience with Judaism and how I want it to grow. This essay I wrote, this story about me, could give me such a big opportunity that I never would have even imagined possible. ​
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    2020, February Session, Impact, Philadelphia, Pre-trip expectations,
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    Philadelphia

    The day I got the call that I had been accepted as a fellow made me the happiest girl alive

    Posted by Jordyn Grunfeld on 01.26.20
    As I am preparing to leave, I am excited, nervous, and hopeful. I am excited to learn more about my religion, Jewish culture, and Israel in general. I have never been intense hiking before or visited mountain sites so I am very excited to the tiyuls. As I am starting to talk more to the other students, I can’t wait to meet them and get to know them all. However, I am very sad to leave my parents, friends, and my dog, Riley, because I know I will miss them a lot but I know there will be many activities to keep me distracted from missing home. I also have never been that far across the world before so I am anxious to see what it is like. Although, I am hopeful this will be a life changing experience for me that I can tell other people about in hopes that they will do it too. I am hopeful that this group of students will become so close with one another that for many years in the future, we will all stay so close. Lastly, I am thankful for my family and AMHSI for giving me this incredible opportunity that I can not wait to be apart of in five days!!
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    2020, February Session, Impact, Philadelphia, Pre-trip expectations,
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    Philadelphia

    A few days ago, my mom showed me her scrapbook from when she went on Muss

    Posted by Alex Gindea on 01.26.20
    Growing up in the suburbs of Pennsylvania, my life has not been too adventurous. I can’t wait to climb Masada, ride a camel, and float in the dead sea. A few days ago, my mom showed me her scrapbook from when she went on Muss. It’s crazy how looking at those photos still puts the biggest smile on her face. As the days are counting down, I am constantly receiving swarms of stories, memories, and places my mom wants to me to check out when I get to campus. Listening to all of these stories and hearing her experience, clearly shows that the memories I will make on this trip will last a lifetime.
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    2020, February Session, Impact, Philadelphia, Pre-trip expectations,
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    Philadelphia

    The packing process has begun..

    Posted by Emma McWilliams on 01.23.20
    The packing process has begun and the trip I’ve been planning in my head is actually going to happen! I feel nervous to adjust to a new school, time zone, and daily schedule in a new home across the globe. It is nerve-racking thinking of how different life will be in Israel and the adjustment to this new lifestyle, but that doesn’t change how excited I am to have this incredible opportunity.
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    2020, February Session, Impact, Philadelphia, Pre-trip expectations,
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    Philadelphia

    You know what? If a tiny country in the Middle East can fit thousands of years of history in within its borders, I can fit my stuff in a suitcase..

    Posted by Gabrielle Leon on 01.22.20
    I look over all of my materials once again that will soon be Tetrised into my big blue suitcase, again overcome with the stress of packing. I take a deep breath and leave the room. You know what? If a tiny country in the Middle East can fit thousands of years of history in within its borders, I can fit my stuff in a suitcase.
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    2020, February Session, Impact, Philadelphia, Pre-trip expectations,
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    Philadelphia

    As I think about my first few days on campus, butterflies swarm my stomach.

    Posted by Brooke Ashdale on 01.22.20
    I hope that my trip is just as special as the stories I've heard that I too, will be ecstatic to share my experience with others, which is why being a fellow is important to me. Although I am nervous, I am also eager to be immersed into a new culture, meet new people and truly experience Israel for what it is.
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    2020, February Session, Impact, Philadelphia, Pre-trip expectations,