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Alexander Muss High School in Israel and March of the Living Join Together to Create a Combined Program Starting April 2013

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Alexander Muss High School in Israel and March of the Living Join Together to Create a Combined Program Starting April 2013

Miami, Florida, May 29, 2012: Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI) and The Leo Martin March of the Living (LM/MOL) are delighted to announce the launch of a new combined program, offering high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to participate in both programs in one eight week session. The March of the Living brings together Jewish teens from over 40 countries and regions around the world including Israel, USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Panama, South Africa, France, Belgium, Hungary and Poland.

The journey will begin in Poland where the students will have the unforgettable experience of learning firsthand about the history of the Jews in Poland and the destruction of the Jewish community during the Holocaust. Participants will search for traces of a world that no longer exists, they will discover that of the hundreds of Jewish schools, synagogues and institutions that once existed in Warsaw before the war – there remains a sparsely attended synagogue, (used by the Nazis as a stable during the war). Participants will also see a new resurgence of Jewish culture with synagogues, schools, organizations, and youth groups. March of the Living participants will meet and travel with Holocaust survivors who will share memories of their war-time experiences. The entire group will march from Auschwitz to Birkenau.

Participants will then fly to Israel where they will March with entire group in Jerusalem. As part of the Alexander Muss High School in Israel program they will stay in Israel and continue on with their journey of learning. AMHSI is not your typical “teen tour” or “travel abroad” experience. AMHSI was founded on the idea that the way to make Israel real is to spend quality time in Israel, with peers, under the leadership of great teachers and staff who help make a lifetime connection to Israel. The itinerary unfolds the living drama of the history of Israel using the land of Israel as its classroom. Students will learn in the classroom, on the bus, on the top of a mountain, on the trail during a hike, and from inside caves.

“Through this initiative, participants will be given the unique opportunity to gain an even deeper connection to Israel and their Jewish heritage, and a deeper understanding of the Holocaust. We look forward to reaching new levels of success with this exciting project,” said Gideon Shavit, CEO, AMHSI. Dr. Leon Weissberg, the Director of Leo Martin MOL continues, "This program gives young people the ability to explore their Jewish heritage through traveling to places that were so rich in Jewish life. By being a part of this innovative program the participants will be forging new directions for Jewish youngsters who follow in their footsteps."

The pilot program will take place April 3 – May 27, 2013 at a cost of $11,455 (including round trip air transportation from either New York or Miami – TBD). The combined package will allow students to participate at a cost considerably less than doing both programs separately. Need-based Financial Assistance may be available from both organizations and local communities. This program is only available for certain areas of North America and has a registration deadline of November 30, 2012.

About Alexander Muss High School in IsraeI: Alexander Muss High School in Israel is a study abroad program for high school students. AMHSI is the only non-denominational, English language academic experience in Israel for high school students that offer college credits. AMHSI offers 6-week summer sessions, 8 week year-round sessions, as well as a full semester program. Especially designed to help students gain a broader view of the world and develop a deep appreciation of history, international relations, geography and literature, AMHSI students develop valuable new learning skills and perspectives that help throughout high school and prepare for college-level academic demands. Students can earn 6 college credits from the University of Miami as participants with the AMHSI program.

About March of the Living: The March of the Living is an international, educational program that brings Jewish teens from all over the world to Poland on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration and death camp complex built during World War II, and then to Israel to observe Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day, and Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. The goal of the March of the Living is for these young people to gain insight into the Jewish heritage of Poland and to learn the lessons of the Holocaust, thereby using this experience to lead the Jewish people into the future vowing Never Again.

For More Information, Please contact Dana Gerbie Klein, 617.438.8775 or dklein@amhsi.org

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