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The Schwartz-Hammer Alexander Muss High School in Israel Impact Fellowship Program

A once in a life time 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.

The Schwartz-Hammer AMHSI Impact Fellowship program fees are non-existent. The all-inclusive program includes housing, meal plans, educational material, and trip costs, making it easier for selected applicants to enjoy this program and experience at AMHSI. The Schwartz-Hammer AMHSI Fellowship Program offers the structure, resources, and support you need to make this summer YOUR summer in Israel.

What is The Schwartz-Hammer AMHSI Impact Fellowship Program?

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. 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. APPLY NOW 

The AMHSI Summer Experience

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 are led by our expert educators who are passionate and devoted to guiding teens through this journey of a life time. 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. AMHSI participants come away a deeper sense of self individually and collectively, the friends made on such a journey are friends that last a life time. This is the kind of feedback we get from all of our alumni, the Muss Magic never ends.

In addition to receiving high school credits and an official transcript, eligible students can also receive 6 transferable college credits from the University of Miami if interested. APPLY NOW 

Alexander Muss High School in Israel

What's unique about AMHSI is its service to the Jewish People in its entirety. We are the only non-denominational, international academic program in Israel, accredited by the Middle States Association, providing 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.

Our Deans and staff ensure that each student's academic and extracurricular needs are provided from general studies, to language courses, community service and much more. Our two live-in collegiate style campuses in Hod HaSharon and Eshel HaNasi include state-of-the-art dormitories, classrooms, and outdoor space, as well as athletic facilities on campus. Services also include computer rooms, science labs, the awesome 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. AMHSI programs are 6 weeks to a semester long and include the option of earning 6 transferable college credits from the University of Miami.

About the Sponsor

The Schwartz-Hammer High School in Israel Impact Fellowship was created by Sheila Schwartz, a Phoenix local with a heart of gold. She is a prominent leader in the Jewish Community and there isn’t an organization in Arizona that hasn’t been touched by her 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 her daughter, Lesley Hammer, and Jewish National Fund she is now able to make this dream a reality through the AMHSI Impact Fund/Fellowship.

Application Requirements

    •Students must be a resident of Arizona and entering their senior year of high school at the time of travel.
    • Must be a well-rounded student, hardworking and nominated by a Rabbi, teacher, coach or community leader.
    • Applicant is required to submit a statement of interest by February 2, 2015.
    • Applicant must meet with a selection committee.
    • Students will be expected to each raise $1,000 through JNF’s Plant Your Way
    • Participating students will be expected to publicize their experience through their own personal, and/or Jewish National Fund’s, various social media platforms.
    • Returning AMHSI students will be expected to:
    • Organize and hold a parlor meeting for local AZ youth. JNF Arizona staff will help with the planning.
    • The participant will be asked to speak to JNF’s Arizona Board of Directors.
    • Participate in JNF’s Taglit-Birthright Israel program
    • Write about their experience in Israel to the greater community
    • Host “Positive Israel” events on their campus (where applicable) For more information please contact Deb Rochford at or 480.447.8100 x980.




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