Ten Philadelphia-area Teens to be Selected for New Fellowship Program to Study in Israel


Ten Philadelphia-area high school students will have the chance to study in Israel at Alexander Muss High School.

Ten Philadelphia-area high school students will have the chance to study in Israel at Alexander Muss High School as part of the new 2017 Hans and Gloria Schott Impact Fund, the Jewish National Fund announced on Sept. 1.

Those selected for fellowships will receive tuition, on-campus housing, a meal plan, educational materials and trip costs for an eight-week session. Students leave for Israel on Jan. 31 and return on March 31. The school is located in Hod HaSharon, about an hour from Jerusalem and 20 minutes from Tel Aviv.

“The fellowship was established to provide Jewish high school students from Philadelphia a meaningful opportunity to explore and discover their connection to the land, people, history and culture of Israel,” according to a news release.

Aside from their time in Israel, students will spent a week in Poland “as part of an intensive course covering Israel and a pioneering pedagogical approach to teaching the chronology of 4,000 years of Jewish history.”

Philadelphia-area high school students who are entering their sophomore or junior year this fall are eligible for the program, with applications due by Oct. 5.

For more information about the program or the Hans and Gloria Schott Impact Fund, contact Dana Gerbie Klein at [email protected] or 617-438-8775.

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Andy Gotlieb is the managing editor of the Jewish Exponent. He holds 31 years of experience in communications, mostly in journalism, with a decade in public relations, too. Prior newspaper stops include the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Tampa Tribune and the Philadelphia Business Journal. The first 17 years were spent in print journalism, where I covered, at various times, business, politics, crime and government, among other beats. The final 2.5 years in that stretch was an editor at the Philadelphia Business Journal, where my responsibilities included complete control over a weekly section and working with both staff writers and freelancers. In late 2005, I switched gears and began working in public relations for the next decade. I learned the ins and outs of public relations -- including being on the other side of the media-PR equation -- and made numerous contacts. I rejoined the ranks of journalism in March 2016, starting as the managing editor of the Jewish Exponent.


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