About us

Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI) is a place of exploration and discovery.  

Since 1972 – 26,000 alumni later – AMHSI has been pioneering the academic and experiential study of Israel and Jewish history at the high school level.  Students are inspired to live outside their books, encounter new ideas and challenge themselves to find their own link within the chain of Jewish continuity.

Our unique pedagogical approach fuses formal classroom study and experience-based learning, enhancing students’ intellectual understanding of history and emotional connection to identity.  AMHSI provides students with the context and framework to form their own sense of Jewish peoplehood in preparation for college and life beyond.

The AMHSI model highlights the benefits of a long-term Israel program.  Our Hod HaSharon campus allows for an immersive experience through informal encounters with Israelis, exposing students to the local culture, language, and environment, as well as providing them with a place to call home.  Students also enjoy independence within a structured system, developing learning and leadership skills while forming friendships and making memories that last a lifetime.

Our bold vision of transforming tomorrow’s generation today encourages students to return to their home communities prepared to give back and inspired to become the rising generation of Jewish leadership.

 

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Our vision and mission

The AMHSI vision is to transform tomorrow’s generation today.

For the 26,000 alumni over the past 45 years, the impact of the Alexander Muss High School in Israel is reflected in their ongoing commitment to Israel, to Jewish life and to making our world better.

Our mission is to create a transformative experience for teens through study abroad programs in Israel.

AMHSI’s multifaceted approach to experiential learning provides multiple entry points into the Jewish narrative, encouraging each and every student to discover their own way to connect to their heritage.

 

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Our history

High School in Israel was founded in 1972 by Rabbi Morris (Z”L) and Lenore Kipper, together with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

The school revolutionized experiential education, and in particular, the way history was taught and the way Israel was experienced, by providing a historically chronological exploration of the land, through the study of historic events, places and people.

Following the involvement of the Muss family in 1981, the school changed its name to the Alexander Muss High School in Israel.

Founded to capitalize on the enormous educational benefits of engaging high school students in the study of the history and culture of Israel, AMHSI’s innovative program is recognized today throughout the US and abroad for providing the ultimate in quality Israel educational programming.

In 2013, AMHSI merged with JNF with the goal of further growing and enhancing Jewish continuity and Israel connectivity amongst youth.

 

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Our partners

AMHSI can tailor its programs to fit any specific religious or programming requests from day school groups or other community trips.

AMHSI has been a leading provider of custom-designed academic programs in Israel and Eastern Europe for Jewish day schools and community programs throughout North America and Australia since 1995.  We work with each school or community organization to create a meaningful, engaging and transformative Israel educational experience for 8th grade trips and high school students with programs ranging in length from two weeks to five months.

To find out more about programming options for your school or group, please contact Head of School, Mordechai Cohen, at mcohen@amhsi.org.

 

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Testimonials

We are proud to share that ninety eight percent of AMHSI alumni consider the program the most transformational educational experience of their lifetime!

Because of the impact of the AMHSI experience, many of our 24,000 alumni and their family members have expressed their appreciation and gratitude in writing or on video. Often, alumni return to campus to see us in person (some several years later with their children!).  A large percentage of our incoming students are children of AMHSI alumni. Read below to see how AMHSI has impacted the lives of our graduates!

Prospective students who would like to speak with an alumnus prior to attending AMHSI should contact their local AMHSI Director of Admissions.

If you have a testimonial you want to share with us, please send to ambassador@amhsi.org.

 

Student testimonials

“Not only did I learn a tremendous amount about my religion, culture and Israel, but also I got to hike mountains, meet a famous artist, go to the beach, travel the country, sleep in the desert, eat endless hummus, meet extraordinary people that changed my life for the better and most importantly, I learned to try new things.  Going on AMHSI is something that separates you from the pack and will make you unique when applying for colleges, internships and jobs.  Trust me.”  -Brett Kaufman, April 2011

“Because of Muss, I am forever changed as a friend, a student, a world citizen, and a Jew.” -Isabel Glass, February 2014

“Going on AMHSI was by far the most amazing eight weeks of my life.  I learned so much and was able to connect to Israel in a new, unique way.  I met unbelievable people that I am sure will be life-long friends and my teachers were outstanding.  Everything felt right.  I saw so many spectacular historical sites, my favorites being the Kotel, Masad, and Yad Veshem.  The feeling I had is really too much to explain, but I really became attached to the land and found no trouble uncovering my Jewish Identity.  It’s a feeling and experience I will keep with me for the rest of my life.” -Jamie Weil, April 2010

“HSI is a great program to go on. It was a great trip for me because it prepared me for college.” – Jordan Neam

“AMHSI changed my life for the rest of time.  It helped me grow up and look into the meanings and prospects of my future and past.  I am so amazingly grateful to all those who helped send me on this wonderful journey, which I still find myself walking.” -Danielle Zabrauskas, December 2009

“It was amazing to learn new things about my ancestors. It made me feel more connected that I ever did before.”  -Ella Debode, April 2015

“I had the passport and I spoke the language but I didn’t have anything to show for it.  It would’ve been hard for me to defend Israel before; now, I have the tools that I need.”  -Britt Jacobson, AMHSI – Milken Tiferet Israel Fellowship, Spring 2015

“Alexander Muss High School in Israel was one of the best experiences I have ever had! I got to meet some awesome people and make tons of new friends!.” -Natalie Avraham, December 2004

“HSI gave me an intense love and commitment to Jewish life and being involved in the Jewish community.” -Joshua McLeod, February 2007

“HSI offers a premium education on the history of the Jewish establishment of the state of Israel, an ultimate bonding experience and an opportunity to interact with and visit Israel, the Jewish homeland. The teachers are knowledgeable and engaging, the counselors accommodating and warm, and the dorm life is vibrant. Don’t think about it, just sign up and I can assure you that you won’t regret it.” – Bernard Cohen, Summer 2011

 

Parent and grandparent testimonials

“Many thanks to AMHSI staff for a wonderful experience at HSI for our granddaughter, Deedee. She really did fall in love with Israel and came home very happy and excited about the experience and the new chevra. We are very grateful.”  Michael and Connie 

“I was truly not prepared for the depth and wealth of all that Sarah would get from her AMHSI experience – from the wonderful teacher she has, to the tiyulim all over the country, to the innovative learning and teaching, to the camaraderie with the other students, to the free Shabbat experiences, and even the chance to actually LIVE in the community and walk into town, shop, eat, smell and breathe the culture and life of Israelis. Wow!”   Laurie

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Rabbi Greg Litcofsky : National Director of Recruitment

Rabbi Greg Litcofsky

National Director of Recruitment

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Rabbi Greg Litcofsky is a proud alumnus of Alexander Muss High School in Israel. He is the son of two Jewish educators and lives with his wife and three children in Livingston, NJ.  He is a graduate of Penn State University, holds a Master’s Degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and was ordained in New York at The Hebrew Union College-Jewish institute of Religion.  Throughout his career he has brought a passion to his work for Jewish education, social justice, leadership development and Zionism, working as a passionate advocate for the Land and the People of Israel.  Prior to joining the AMHSI team, Greg was an active member of the National Alumni Council.  He also currently serves on the board of JOIN for Justice.  AMHSI was a life changing experience for Greg and says “what a blessing and gift it is to be able to do this holy work helping a new generation of students experience the same muss magic I did 25 years ago! I can’t wait for my own kids to go!”  Greg remains a diehard Philly sports fan and tries his best to enjoy a good round of golf when he is able.

 

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Tess Sevelow-Lee : Director of Alumni

Tess Sevelow-Lee

Director of Alumni

Tess was born and raised in Chicago, IL and graduated with a BSW with a minor in Sociology from Illinois State University. She moved to Israel five years ago, and recently completed training in Equine Assisted Therapy from the Therapeutic Riding Center of Israel.

Tess previously worked at The Israel Experience LTD as a Community Director and Internship Coordinator.

Tess and her husband live on a moshav with their three-legged dog and three cats.

tsevelow@amhsi.org
Alex Lasky : Director of Enrollment and Admissions

Alex Lasky

Director of Enrollment and Admissions

Originally from south Florida, Alex decided to move to Tel Aviv in 2012 to complete her M.A. degree in Middle East Studies at Tel Aviv University after her initial visit to Israel on a Birthright trip in 2008. The desire to move back to Israel was consistent since the trip and was working with Birthright before moving over. Once her B.A. degree was completed in International Relations at Florida International University, she hopped on a plane to Israel.

Alex was working for Masa in Miami during her time studying for her B.A. and continued to advocate for Americans to study abroad in Israel during college and for internships. In 2014, she made Aliyah and found her passion teaching students in a variety of subjects including math and biology. She is excited to see students excel in their studies at AMHSI and continue to make friendships through the common bond of an Israel experience.

alasky@amhsi.org
Jacob Leibowitz : Israel Studies Instructor

Jacob Leibowitz

Israel Studies Instructor

Jacob grew up in the German colony in Jerusalem after his family made Aliyah from New York at five years old.

Jacob fell in love with the world of education as a teenager while working at a sports camp in Jerusalem.

Since then he spent multiple summers working as a camp counselor in the USA, and also three years as a girls basketball coach in Israel.

Jacob first started working at AMHSI as a madrich immediately after his release from the IDF in 2013, and he always knew that he wanted to come back as a teacher.

Jacob is a licensed tour guide through Beit Berl college, where he is also completing his  degree in Education.

Jacob believes in teaching young students how to ask questions and think, with the hope of inspiring students to explore their Jewish identity and strengthen their connection with Israel.

 

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Board of Directors

  Leadership Position Committee
Ronald Lauder Board of Directors Co-Chair  
Stephen Muss Board of Directors Co-Chair  
Joseph Wolfson Board of Directors President/Chair  
Robert Levine Board of Directors Treasurer Budget and Finance
Ronald Werner Board of Directors Chair Marketing
Stanley Chesley Board of Directors Co-Chair Education
Robert Werner Board of Directors Secretary Audit
David Frank Board of Directors Co-Chair Scholarship
Andrew Klein Board of Directors Co-Chair Scholarship
Bruce Gould Board of Directors Chair Development
Joel Reinstein Board of Directors Co-Chair Alumni
Jill Janowski Board of Directors Co-Chair Recruitment
Elliot Norry Board of Directors Co-Chair Strategic Planning
Benjamin Gordon Board of Directors Co-Chair Strategic Planning
Joey Blumenfeld Board of Directors Member  
Jerry Sokol Board of Directors Member  
 

Privacy policy

Alexander Muss High School in Israel has created this Privacy Policy to explain why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy within our Web site. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the Web site located at the URL www.amhsi.org.

In order to fully understand your rights we encourage you to read this Privacy Policy as well as our Terms of Use. AMHSI and Jewish National Fund reserve the right at any time and without notice to change this Privacy Policy simply by posting such changes on our Site. Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE DO WE SELL NAMES OR EMAIL ADDRESSES FROM OUR DATABASE NOR DO WE STORE CREDIT CARD INFORMATION.

1. Because we want to demonstrate our commitment to your privacy, this Privacy Policy notifies you of; 2. What personally identifiable information of yours is collected through the Site; 3. Who collects such information; 4. How such information is used; 5. With whom your information may be shared; 6. What choices you have regarding collection, use and distribution of your information; 7. What kind of security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under our control; 8. How you can correct any inaccuracies in your information.

Questions regarding this statement should be directed to Jewish National Fund by sending an e-mail to ambassador@amhsi.org. Please reference this Privacy Policy in your subject line.

What Information We Collect and How We Use That Information:

Our registration forms require users to give us contact information that may include name, e-mail address, format preference (HTML vs. Text), address, interests, medical, academic and similar information. We do not request or store sensitive information from our visitors, such as credit card or social security numbers.

Internet Protocol Address:

We collect an IP address from all visitors to our Site. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our Site, analyze trends, track users’ movement, gather broad demographic information for aggregate use in order for us to improve the site, and deliver customized, personalized content. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Use of “Cookies”:

Our Site may use cookies to enhance your experience while using our Site. Cookies are pieces of information that some Web sites transfer to the computer that is browsing that Web site and are used for record-keeping purposes at many Web sites. Use of cookies makes Web-surfing easier by performing certain functions such as saving your passwords, your personal preferences regarding your use of the particular Web site and to make sure you don’t see the same ad repeatedly. Many consider the use of cookies to be an industry standard. Your browser is probably set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our Site will not function properly when you view them.

Security:

All information provided to AMHSI is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. We also protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of our Site that is only accessible by certain qualified employees of AMHSI and Jewish National Fund. Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information.

Ambassador Program:

If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our Site, we ask them for the friend’s name and e-mail address. AMHSI will automatically send the friend a one-time e-mail inviting them to visit the Site. AMHSI store this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time e-mail.

Other Web Sites:

Our Site contains links to other Web sites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another Web site for which AMHSI or Jewish National Fund has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may be different than ours.

Contacting the Web Site:

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Site, or your dealings with this Site, you can contact 212.472.9300. You can also send an e-mail to: ambassador@amhsi.org

 

 

 

 

 

AMHSI at a Glance

  • Main campus in Hod HaSharon, not far from Tel Aviv
  • 8-week and 18-week academic year and 6-week summer programs (plus Poland trips!)
  • Experiential learning: encounter history where it actually happened
  • Balance of academic and fun, cultural and bonding activities

Why Choose Us

  • Most loved and recommended Israel-based study abroad program
  • International students coming from the US, Canada, Australia, Panama, Austria, Turkey and more!
  • A variety of programs to choose from ranging in duration, dates and other options
  • Ability to earn college credit from the University of Miami
  • College-style campus as a base for learning and travel across Israel