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  • Washington State

    From the moment I arrived in Israel, I knew that this country is so incredibly different from the United States.

    Posted by Margot Cohen on 10.20.19
    The first and most obvious thing that I noticed was the weather. If I could describe Seattle weather in one word, it would be, crummy. During most of the year, the sky is grey and it is not very warm. On the other hand, I have already gotten so used to the warm weather here, that when I walked outside this morning, and it was 75 degrees, I was cold. I am thoroughly enjoying the warm weather here and so far the lack of rain.
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    Cultures, Washington State,
  • Washington State

    This past month I have been blessed with the opportunity to learn in both my classroom in Hod HaSharon, and archaeological sites all around Israel.

    Posted by Annabelle Friedman on 10.07.19
    Using Israel has my classroom and seeing the remains of our great cities, wars we’ve won and lost, and many other sites has given me a much deeper understanding of what the Jewish people went through and made me feel extremely connected to my Jewish history. I’m so excited for the next three months here in Israel.
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    Living classroom, Washington State,
  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    Israel is essentially a living classroom because we are living here and learning new things everyday.

    Posted by Jules Cohen on 10.07.19
    Israel has been my home for a little over a month and it has been amazing. The things I’ve learned so far will always stay with me. I’m having the time of my life. Israel has definitely changed my life and it’s like my living classroom. For example, I feel like it prepares us for college life and living on campus without our family and with a bunch of new faces has prepared us and in a way matured us which I love. I love being more independent and not relying on my parents for everything. Also, I love how interactive our classes are. Especially never growing up going to Jewish/Hebrew school, I love learning about our history and our ancestors.
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    Living classroom, Miami,
  • Photo Journalism Blog

    Hiking Gilboa

    Posted by AMHSI Student on 10.07.19
    On Tuesday, September 3rd 2019, we traveled to Har Gilboa, to descend its rocky face and discuss the history of the Judges and Saul and their respective periods. The picture above is from near the top of Mount Gilboa, or as I think about it, approximately 45 minutes before it gets difficult.
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  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    I see Israel as my living classroom in many ways.

    Posted by Noa Chesal on 10.07.19
    I see Israel as my living classroom in many ways. To start off, our main class is Israeli studies. As we learn about Israel, we go on different tiyuls to different places where Israel's history took place. At home, I don’t take any Jewish centered classes. I go to a public school so everything is very different. I feel like I learn so much more because we get to go to places where events have happened.
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    Living classroom, Miami,
  • Washington State

    "Front row seats" to the history of Israel

    Posted by Ciona Antolin on 10.07.19
    I have used Israel as a living classroom by having the opportunity to learn about the history while seeing it at the sights. I have been able to walk around and imagine what happened on the ground I was standing on. I think that this is really important to be able to go out and see the history we are learning through our own eyes because you get “front row seats” to the history of Israel.
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    Living classroom, Washington State,
  • Washington State

    We imagine what it was like in the past.

    Posted by Korynn Levy on 10.07.19
    In America, we learn about the history of our people but here we have our classes in the places that history happened at and we get to experience what our past ancestors went through. We aren't forced to stay in a small classroom at school in the same place every day with no change of scenery, here we do learn in classrooms but we take little field trips and move on our feet throughout the days and see the things in our textbooks come to life. We imagine what it was like in the past.
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    Living classroom, Washington State,
  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    Only here in Israel, every site is my classroom.

    Posted by Zohar Steinmetz on 10.07.19
    Back home I have a very traditional school, it starts early in the morning, I see the teachers once, and I sit in desks all day. It's a very conventional and normal environment. Only here in Israel, every site is my classroom. There is so much to learn all around us. In a normal history class, you learn about it and you never get the chance to see it. Here, once we learn about something, we get to see, where a battle happened or where people lived before. I really appreciate how we can see first hand were past Jews and others used to live.
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    Living classroom, Miami,
  • Washington State

    We base our travels on the time periods we learn about in class.

    Posted by Eli Isaac on 10.07.19
    Since I have been in Israel, my group has been traveling the country and using it as our classroom for our Israel Studies class. We base our travels on the time periods we learn about in class. Using Israel as my classroom has been great because we get to learn about something in the classroom and then actually see and experience it through activities, stories, and adventures. This helps me reinforce the information that we learn in class and forge a stronger connection with what I read on paper.
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    Living classroom, Washington State,
  • Washington State

    Using “the land as your classroom” is the slogan of AMHSI.

    Posted by Esther Polyakovsky on 10.07.19
    Using “the land as your classroom” is the slogan of AMHSI. The core Israel studies class follows the history of our people in the classroom and physically in the land; across the preserved history of archaeological sites and by walking the same paths as our ancestors on hikes. We bring our notebooks, find a shady spot to sit and have our lessons right out there on the trail - the land is our classroom in a very literal sense.
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    Living classroom, Washington State,
  • Washington State

    Israel: Spiritual and Educational

    Posted by Emilio Gandolffi-Levine on 10.07.19
    As the first month of the program comes to a close I have started to really observe the benefits of using the land of Israel as a living classroom. School in Israel includes everything that I would find in school at home. From note taking, to quizzes, to really hard unit tests that force us to use all the knowledge we have learned in our classes. But in our Israeli studies class, we take it a step further, and get to explore the ruins and spiritual sites to compliment what we learn in class.
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    Living classroom, Washington State,
  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    I can see Israel as my living classroom in two major ways.

    Posted by Esther Yankelevitch on 10.06.19
    I can see Israel as my living classroom in two major ways. First off, in our Israel studies class, we learn about different sites in Israel and what happened there historically and then go and visit it and learn more about what happened there, there. In that way, Israel is my classroom because I got to learn about Masada on Masada rather than in a class in Miami.
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    Living classroom, Miami,
  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    However, school is not the only place that I learn.

    Posted by Carlos Gamboa on 10.06.19
    I have spent much of my time here in Israel sitting in or studying for my many classes. However, school is not the only place that I learn; I have found that everyday life here teaches me just as much, if not more, than my academic courses. For example, I have a Hebrew class several times a week that has taught me formal grammatical rules. Although this subject has been helpful, the majority of my knowledge of the language comes from exposure. After about a month here, I find it far easier to understand, pronounce and repeat words and even sentences in Hebrew. Hearing students my age speaking with each other has provided me with an invaluable opportunity to pick up on key phrases and colloquial expressions.
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    Living classroom, Miami,
  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    Israel is a beautiful country with many interesting nuances...

    Posted by Salomon Assouline on 10.06.19
    Hello again, this blog I’d like to write about Israel as a living classroom. Israel is a beautiful country with many interesting nuances, stories that bring out every kind of emotion from pride to inspired to grieving. But translating that to our tiyulim?
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    Living classroom, Miami,
  • Washington State

    I’m so happy I’ve had the opportunity to be in Israel and notice the differences between the States and Israel.

    Posted by Annabelle Friedman on 09.26.19
    Many strangers will approach you on the street just to have a conversation about anything with you, while in America people are very close minded to talking to people they don’t know. People are very welcoming and helpful to me because they know I’m a tourist. If I ever can’t figure out where I need to go, what something says, etc., there is always someone there that is happy to help me out.
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    Cultures, Washington State,
  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    Hello again, this blog is about the differences between America and Israelץ

    Posted by Salomon Assouline on 09.22.19
    Hello again, this blog is about the differences between America and Israel. Stepping out of Ben Gurion, I felt a lot of things, amazement, excitement, lucky, anxious, and a lot bit stressed about my luggage. The aura of an airport wasn’t much different from any American one I’ve been to, if at all.
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    Cultures, Miami,
  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    Israel and America

    Posted by Esther Yankelevitch on 09.22.19
    Another big difference is the food! I mean how could I let a blog go by without talking about the food. Being in Israel has been great for me food-wise because I am kosher and I almost never have to worry about finding kosher restaurants. Another difference is that in America if you were dancing on the streets with friends and singing they would look at you wrong but here they will join you. All in all, here in Israel the vibes are different. Wherever I go and whoever I meet I feel instantly connected you because I know that we share our Judaism (for the most part) and our love for the holy land.
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    Cultures, Miami,
  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    I have been able to see many differences between Israel and America.

    Posted by Zohar Steinmetz on 09.16.19
    So, after being here in Israel for almost 3 weeks now, I have been able to see many differences between Israel and America. Not just the countries, but the people, the food, and the culture.
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    Cultures, Miami,
  • Stephen Muss (Miami)

    I see how the people of Israel prepare for the holidays here...

    Posted by Jules Cohen on 09.16.19
    Another difference I’ve noticed is how important going to the army is here and being responsible and knowing their duties and paying their services. In America, most people, or at least the people I know, are so scared of joining the army. In Israel, people are happy to be loyal to their country, which makes me so happy about Israel being so united. I feel that if more people had that mindset in America, it could solve a lot of issues. Unlike in America, people aren’t really doing anything with some situations, which causes a lot of problems.
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    Cultures, Miami,
  • Washington State

    I’ve been able to notice some of the differences between Israelis and Americans.

    Posted by Esther Polyakovsky on 09.16.19
    In a big country with so much diversity like the US, it's easy to forget that people in other countries have different cultures. For us, maybe there are differences between the coasts or regions, or city vs. rural, but we are all part of the same American culture. I’ve only been in Israel for three weeks, but in this time as a foreigner in another culture, I’ve been able to notice some of the differences between Israelis and Americans.
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    Cultures, Washington State,