Denver JDS and Alexander Muss High School in Israel to Form Historic Partnership

Jewish National Fund-USA’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel (Muss) and Denver Jewish Day School have formed a new partnership that will enable countless more high school teens to study abroad in Israel and become the future leaders of Colorado’s Jewish community.

Under the partnership, Muss will run the educational programming for Denver JDS’ six-week Hebrew Immersion Program (HIP) in Israel, where students can live with Israelis, deepen their Hebrew language skills, connect to their ancestral soil, and grow as they immerse themselves in the country’s culture and language.

“Supporting education opportunities in Israel for Jewish teens has always been a passion of mine, and to do so in my home of Denver is just icing on the cake,” said Muss President Ron Werner. “I know this experience will change lives, and our future leaders will be even better equipped to guide our People towards a brighter future during this crucial time for world Jewry.”

In addition to their regular classes on the brand-new Muss South campus in Be’er Sheva, the students will travel across Israel exploring 4,000 years of their Jewish history, using the land of Israel as a living and breathing classroom.

Students at Alexander Muss High School in Israel

“We are incredibly excited about this new partnership with Alexander Muss High School in Israel,” said Denver JDS Head of School Avi Halzel. “We look forward to our Hebrew Immersion Program becoming more educational and meaningful than ever before. I am excited for our students to have the opportunity to learn from the outstanding faculty at Muss.”

The HIP program, which takes place at the end of Fall for JDS sophomores, also includes a week in Ramat Hanegev, Denver’s partnership region, for increased exposure to Israeli culture.

“I truly believe in the ‘Muss Magic,’” said Jewish National Fund-USA Denver Board Member Cindy Noam, whose son has attended both Muss and Denver JDS. “It was a transformative experience for my son. Learning on site in the Land of Israel gifted him with all the knowledge he needed to come back to America fully equipped with the passion and strength to face and battle the rampant antisemitic rhetoric amongst the peers around him. With even more students now able to learn at Muss, we can build a strong community of teens fully capable of leading us into a better future, defending our right to live and Israel’s right to prosper.”

To learn more about Jewish National Fund-USA’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel, visit amhsi.org.

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