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Schwartz-Hammer Impact Fellows Chosen to Spend Summer in Israel



Madeline Stull, Madyssen Zarin, Rachael Weinstein, Gabriel Friedland & Reuben Nach.

Jewish National Fund (JNF) is proud to announce the Schwartz-Hammer Alexander Muss High School in Israel Impact Fellowship Program has chosen five Arizona high school seniors to send to Israel for six weeks for an once in a lifetime opportunity to attend Alexander Muss High School in Israel.


The Schwartz-Hammer High School in Israel Impact Fellowship was created through the generosity of local philanthropists Sheila Schwartz, Eli and Lesley Hammer, and Frank and Jen Schwartz. It is thanks to the generous support of the Schwartz-Hammer families, that five students will enjoy the opportunity to experience the summer of a lifetime.


Gabriel Friedland (Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale), Reuben Nach (Sunnyslope High School, Phoenix), Madeline Stull (Horizon High School, Scottsdale), Rachael Weinstein (Ironwood Ridge High School, Oro Valley), and Madyssen Zarin (University High School, Tucson) were the lucky students chosen by a selection committee based upon merit and their dedication to the land of Israel. The students will be in Israel in the summer of 2015.


The fellowship, which includes everything from on-campus housing to field trip costs, was established in order to provide Arizona high school-age Jewish teens with the extraordinary opportunity to explore and discover their connection to the land, people, history and culture of Israel. Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI) is a college preparatory summer abroad program for high school-age students that uses Israel as the classroom for an amazing experience filled with fun and memories.

We in the JNF Phoenix community are honored to be the first Impact Fellowship Fund in the country. As a result of the generosity and vision of the Schwartz and Hammer families, JNF has been given the responsibility of selecting fifteen incoming High School seniors, five per summer, for the next three years. This is a unique and meaningful way to empower our Jewish youth and to nurture their Zionist spirits,” said Cindy Saperstein, JNF Board Liaison to AMHSI.  “We are both excited and proud to be a part of this ground breaking program and are grateful to have the chance to help develop the next generation of Jewish leaders.”


AMHSI’s mission is to promote, build and strengthen life-long bonds between youth and Israel through study of the history and culture of Israel. The only non-denominational, pluralistic, 8-week, English language academic experience in Israel for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, AMHSI instills in its students a lifelong sense of pride in their Jewish heritage by strengthening Jewish identity while developing deep-rooted connections to Jewish life, to the Jewish people, and to Israel. AMHSI has been an important contributor to the leadership and educational fabric of the North American Jewish community and boasts more than 22,000 alumni—many of whom are active leaders in their Jewish communities today.

Even years after attending AMHSI, alumni credit many of their personal, academic, and professional accomplishments to their AMHSI experience. From authors and rabbis to teachers and entrepreneurs, celebrities and executives to community activists, AMHSI’s alumni are among the most successful.

“Alexander Muss High School in Israel is such a positive experience for students that they still reflect on 20 years later,” said Hayley Magerman, JNF campaign executive and an AMHSI alum. “It’s a program filled with quality curriculum that provides high school students with a profound understanding of the history of Israel and the importance of their connection.”


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