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Limited Space Available for Miami-Area Students to Study in Israel This Summer

The Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI), a partner agency of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, has just a few spots remaining for Miami-Dade high school sophomores, juniors and seniors looking to study in Israel this summer.

AMHSI encourages teens to discover and embrace their connection to the history, culture and people of Israel by using the country as a “living classroom,” traveling for six weeks through a chronological curriculum of 4,000 years. Since its inception in 1972, AMHSI has enabled more than 20,000 students to build a lifelong bond with the State of Israel.

Among the many activities planned for Miami-Dade students is visiting Miami’s partnership city of Yerucham, located in the Negev Desert about 20 miles southeast of Beersheva. Founded in 1951, this 13-square-mile town is now home to 9,400 people who come from many different countries and backgrounds. The Greater Miami Jewish Federation has been working with residents of Yerucham to create educational programs, camp experiences and youth activities for the community’s children and teens, as well as better business opportunities for adults in the town. AMHSI students will witness firsthand how Miami’s relationship with Yerucham is helping to improve life for residents there, while at the same time strengthening residents’ connection with Miami’s Jewish community.

In addition to developing friendships and gaining an understanding of their shared heritage, eligible students can receive three high school credits and up to nine college credits for their participation in the AMHSI program.

AMHSI also offers an eight-week program during the school year for students from throughout the United States. Along with the Israel-based curriculum, students follow an academic curriculum provided by their home high school, which includes math, science, foreign language and AP classes. A seven-week summer program is available, as well.

There is still limited space for the six-week Miami-Dade summer program, which runs from June 19 through August 2, 2011. Cost is $5,950 (excluding airfare), and financial assistance is available for eligible students. For more information, contact Miami Director of Admissions Orlie Braha at 786.262.2609 or; or visit the website at

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