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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,
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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,