A new chap­ter be­gins for Muss High School in Is­rael

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Jewish Na­tional Fund’s three­day con­fer­ence wit­nessed a flurry of ac­tiv­ity and heard ma­jor an­nounce­ments set to im­prove the life of Is­raelis.

The news of the ex­pan­sion of the Alexander Muss High School in Is­rael is one ini­tia­tive that will not only im­prove life in the Holy Land, but re­in­force Jewish iden­tity for young men and women in the Di­as­pora.

AMHSI, which is cur­rently cel­e­brat­ing its 45th year, will now open its sec­ond set of doors in Beer­sheba. A ro­bust $60 mil­lion project is just one of the lat­est ex­am­ples of the city’s fast-paced trans­for­ma­tion from a sleepy desert town, to a bustling hub of in­no­va­tion.

This ex­pan­sion of David Ben-Gu­rion’s vi­sion of a bloom­ing desert is at the heart of the Jewish Na­tional Fund’s Blue­print Negev cam­paign, which aims to bring 500,000 res­i­dents south.

The new AMHSI cam­pus is just one part of a multi-pronged plan to make that am­bi­tious vi­sion a re­al­ity. From its Lauder Em­ploy­ment Cen­ter to a new state-of-the-art $300m. park, JNF is work­ing closely with the city to make sure its rep­u­ta­tion as a cy­ber, ed­u­ca­tion and tech­hub only grows stronger.

“JNF is trans­form­ing our city, and we owe ev­ery­thing, all of our suc­cesses, to Jewish Na­tional Fund for [JNF’s CEO] Rus­sell F. Robin­son’s for­ward-think­ing strat­egy and Blue­print Negev ini­tia­tive. I can tell you it’s go­ing to hap­pen,” Beer­sheba Mayor Ru­vik Danilovich, said at the Hol­ly­wood, Florida, con­fab, which wrapped up on Mon­day.

“JNF is an in­cu­ba­tor for dream­ers and devo­tees. JNF makes the im­pos­si­ble pos­si­ble,” he added.

At the new cam­pus site, which joins its orig­i­nal Hod Hasharon lo­ca­tion a mere 20 min­utes from Tel Aviv, an ad­di­tional 3,800 stu­dents are ex­pected to en­roll, bring­ing AMHSI’s to­tal en­roll­ment rate per year to 5,000.

Dur­ing a stu­dent’s six, eight or 18-week ses­sion, they have an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence Is­rael be­yond the class­room. This is be­cause AMHSI strongly be­lieves in the value of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing what is be­ing taught first­hand, es­pe­cially when given as rich a can­vas as Is­rael.

“The ad­di­tion of a Beer­sheba cam­pus is a dou­ble vic­tory for Alexander Muss High School in Is­rael,” Joseph Wolf­son, As­sis­tant Vice Pres­i­dent on JNF’s Na­tional Board and the Pres­i­dent of AMHSI’s Board, said.

“We re­main com­mit­ted to a sig­nif­i­cant and con­tin­ued growth in stu­dent body, with teens com­ing to learn with us from the United States, Aus­tralia and be­yond, and this new lo­ca­tion will al­low us to fa­cil­i­tate that in­crease.”

“Fur­ther­more, we are proud to do our part in sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of Beer­sheba, a city that our par­ent or­ga­ni­za­tion, Jewish Na­tional Fund, has been ded­i­cated to for many years,” he added.

Many high school­ers lever­age their AMHSI ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing the col­lege ap­pli­ca­tion process. Ad­di­tion­ally, AMHSI also re­cently be­gun of­fer­ing adult learn­ing pro­grams, prov­ing its never too late to delve into Jewish and Is­raeli his­tory.

The Jewish Na­tional Fund is pas­sion­ate about the next gen­er­a­tion of Jews in the di­as­pora and their ed­u­ca­tion, as ev­i­dent by the 250 stu­dents from over 100 cam­puses who at­tended the con­fer­ence.


BEER­SHEBA MAYOR Ru­vik Danilovich ad­dresses the an­nual JNF Con­fer­ence this week in Hol­ly­wood, Florida.

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