The Massachusetts Impact Fellowship Program
A transformational semester abroad program where Israel becomes a living classroom, inspiring high school students to discover and explore identity, land and peoplehood through an experiential approach to learning!
The Massachusetts Impact Fund, sponsored by the Linowes Family
The Impact Fellowship Program provides Jewish students in the 10th & 11th grade with the extraordinary opportunity to connect to the land of Israel. Through the generous support of the Linowes family, four Massachusetts high school students will be selected to experience the Fall Semester session at AMHSI as Impact Fellows. This program is an all-inclusive journey including tuition, on-campus housing, meal plan, educational material, and trip costs, providing selected applicants the opportunity of a lifetime.
Impact fellows will join together with other high school students from North America and across the globe. AMHSI’s curriculum is an intensive review of Israel and 4,000 years of Jewish history, which provides them with the context and framework to discover and explore their own link within the chain of Jewish continuity. AMHSI's unique academic approach fuses traditional classroom study and informal experiential learning. Israel becomes a living classroom.
Alexander Muss High School in Israel
AMSHI is more than just a trip to Israel – it’s an experience where students gain skills in independent living, engage in deep personal growth and form lifelong friendships. During their semester in Israel, students will take Hebrew immersion classes, experience Gadna - a week-long basic training course for Israeli youth, embark on a 4-day adventure from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sea of Galilee and travel to Poland to learn about the Holocaust's destructive impact, all while continuing their general studies courses from their home high school. As a result of the AMHSI experience, students leave Israel committed to giving back to their communities and better prepared for life on college campuses and beyond.
AMHSI is fully accredited through the Commission of Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association and provides a variety of sessions throughout the year. Our fusion of the formal and informal approaches to study provides our students with the kind of transformative learning environment that makes Israel - the landscape - the classroom. AMHSI’s exceptional educators and counselors facilitate the kind of program that enables our participants to explore and discover their place around the table of Jewish continuity.
AMHSI participants live at our Hod HaSharon campus which includes state-of-the-art dormitories, classrooms, outdoor spaces, as well as athletic facilities. The campus also offers a computer room, science labs, the incredible Rappaport Music Room, and the brand new AMHSI Ben-Dor Student Radio Broadcasting Station.
AMHSI's multifaceted approach to experiential learning provides multiple entry points into the Jewish narrative, encouraging each and every student to find his/her interest from culture to history, geography to philosophy and identity and peoplehood. As a college preparatory experience, we have received countless testimonials from students and parents highlighting how the program has prepared them for college life and beyond. To learn more about AMHSI visit www.amhsi.org
Alexander Muss High School in Israel is a place of exploration and discovery. Since 1972, 24,000 alumni later, AMHSI continues to pioneer the academic and experiential teaching of Israel and Jewish history at the high school level. Our bold vision of transforming tomorrow’s generation today impacts the building of a brighter future for tomorrow.
During their time in Israel, the fellows will be required to write about their experiences on the Impact Fellowship blog, which will be published on JNF social media platforms; they may also undertake additional fellowship projects including launching a project that they develop in Israel. Upon their return home, fellows will write an article summarizing their experience in Israel, share their story at communal events, including with the JNF Boston Board and the selection committee. Fellows join the Impact network and will be requested to participate in related activities.
About the Sponsor
The Boston Impact Fund is newly created with seed funding as a bequest from the Estate of Dorothy Wolf Linowes of Scarsdale, NY and Washington, DC. Dorothy, along with her husband David F. Linowes, actively engaged with and supported nearly a half-dozen synagogues and all the key Jewish organizations in both DC and NY throughout their 90+ year lifetimes. Dorothy's sustained focus was to build lifelong Jewish identity, love of Jewish community, and commitment to Jewish causes. She believed in the mission and the integrity of JNF. Through the AMHSI program, Dorothy's lifetime commitment continues to grow as New England (Boston) youth strengthen their Jewish identity while developing a deep-rooted connection to the Jewish people and to Israel. Because two of her children and eight of her grandchildren are from New England, Boston was selected as the site for the new Impact Fund. Two of Dorothy's grandchildren are graduates of AMHSI.
• To qualify, the applicant must be a resident of Massachusetts and be entering their sophomore or junior of high school at the time of travel.
• All applications must be submitted by Friday, April 1st with a deposit of $350. The deposit will be refunded if not accepted to the fellowship.
• The participants experience begins (and ends) at JFK and is all inclusive from there.
• The application process will include an in-person interview, in the Boston area.
• Once selected, the fellows are required to raise $1,000 through JNF’s Plant Your Way.
• Publicize their experience through AMHSI and JNF's various social media platforms both during & after the Program.
• Serve as a AMHSI ambassador at events once the fellow returns, including but not limited to: parlor meetings, JNF’s Boston’s Board of Directors.
• Participate in JNF’s Taglit-Birthright Israel program.
• Be a resident of Massachusetts and entering their sophomore or junior year of high school at the time of travel.
• Submit a statement of interest by April 1, 2016.
• Meet with a selection committee.
• Raise $1,000 through JNF’s Plant Your Way.
• Publicize his/her experience through his/her own personal and/or JNF's various social media platforms during the Program.
Returning AMHSI participants will be expected to:
• Write about their experience in Israel for the greater community.
• Organize and hold a parlor meeting for local Massachusetts youth. JNF/AMHSI Massachusetts staff will help with the planning.
• Speak to JNF’s Massachusetts Board of Directors.
• Participate in JNF’s Taglit-Birthright Israel program.
Applications for the summer of 2016 will be accepted until April 1, 2016.
For more information, please contact Dana Gerbie Klein, Director of Admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.438.8775.