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The Arizona Impact Fund, sponsored by the Schwartz-Hammer Family

The Arizona Impact Fund, sponsored by the Schwartz-Hammer Family

A once-in-a-lifetime college preparatory summer abroad program for Arizona high school-aged students in Israel! Using Israel as the classroom, you will have an amazing experience filled with fun and memories not had on any other abroad program! Learn more about our program and you too can be selected to experience the Muss Magic.

As a Arizona Impact Fund Fellow, fees are non-existent. The Arizona Impact Fund offers the structure, resources, and support you need to make this summer YOUR summer in Israel. The all-inclusive Program includes tuition, on-campus housing, meal plan, educational materials, and trip costs. APPLY NOW

What is the Arizona Impact Fund?

Through the generous support of the Schwartz-Hammer Foundation, five Arizona high school seniors will be selected to experience a magical six-week summer program in Israel and become Impact Fellows. The program was established in order to provide Arizona high school Jewish teens the extraordinary opportunity to explore and discover their connection to the land, people, history and culture of Israel. 

The AMHSI Summer Experience

AMHSI participants are led by our expert educators who are passionate and devoted to guiding teens through this journey of a lifetime. In the process, participants are taught the history of Jewish civilization from time immemorial all the way through modern Israel, seeing firsthand how Israel makes the world better through agricultural and technological innovations used around the world.

You will be literally walking in the footsteps of history. Hiking where King Saul battled the Philistines, visiting the sites of early pioneers, following in the footsteps of Israel’s first Prime Minister - Ben Gurion, and visiting sites such as the lowest point on earth – the Dead Sea, Israel as the classroom provides our participants with an unparalleled program.

AMHSI participants come away with a deeper sense of self individually and collectively, the friends made on the journey are friends that last a lifetime. Our alumni tell us that the Muss Magic never ends! APPLY NOW


Alexander Muss High School in Israel

What's unique about AMHSI is its service to the Jewish People in its entirety. 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

About the Sponsor

The Arizona Impact Fund was created by Sheila Schwartz, a Phoenix local with a heart of gold. She is a prominent leader in the Jewish community and has touched every Jewish organization in some way.  Schwartz wanted to make an impact on the Valley’s Jewish community by bringing Arizona youth to Israel to strengthen their Jewish identity while developing a deep-rooted connection to Jewish life, to the Jewish people, and to Israel. Together with Eli and Lesley Hammer and Frank and Jennifer Schwartz she is now able to make this dream a reality through the AMHSI Impact Fellowship Program.

Applicant must:

• Be a resident of Arizona and entering his/her senior year of high school at the time of travel.

• Submit a statement of interest by February 29, 2016.

• Submit a $350 deposit.

• Meet with a selection committee.

• Raise $650 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 Arizona youth. JNF Arizona staff will help with the planning.

• Speak to JNF’s Arizona Board of Directors.

• Participate in JNF’s Taglit-Birthright Israel program.


Applications for the summer of 2016 will be accepted until February 29, 2016.

To apply click here.


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