Jewish National Fund


October 2013 marked the end of an era and the start of a new chapter for the renowned Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI), in Hod Hasharon.

Former Head of School and now Headmaster Emeritus, Chaim Fischgrund, formally announced his retirement and bid farewell to an institution he has been intricately a part of for 30 years.

In tribute to and recognition of Fischgrund’s years of dedicated service to Israel education, AMHSI is honored to announce the establishment of the Chaim Fischgrund AMHSI Scholarship Fund, which will ensure future generations of  teenage students a formative Israel experience, Jewish continuity and Zionist education at AMHSI.

It is not every day one comes across someone who so exemplifies an organization. After 30 years of steadfast commitment to the school, memories abound of an intelligent, scholarly and inspirational man who gave his all and has done a tremendous amount, not only for AMHSI over the years, but for Israel education, Jewish identity and Jewish peoplehood, for young Jews from across the Diaspora, for their families, for Israel, and for Klal Yisrael.

Many may recognize Fischgrund as the face of the school known to most as AMHSI or just HSI – the High School in Israel, as it was named in 1972, when it was founded by the late Rabbi Morris Kipper (z"l) and his wife, Lenore Kipper, in concert with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation (GMJF) in South Florida, to help teens discover, explore and embrace their connection to the history, culture and land of Israel by using the country as a living classroom. The innovative program revolutionized the way Israel was taught and experienced and rapidly spread to other communities. Today AMHSI boasts over 22,000 alumni.

Fischgrund has touched the lives of thousands of students and their families over the years. He has been a beacon of strength for the school and his incredible contribution to Jewish education will forever be remembered. 

Help transform a teen's life. Now is the time to engage young people and get them excited about Jewish continuity. The opportunity to explore the past and experience the present will reveal a future that is bright for Israel and the Jewish People. Encourage them to connect with their heritage—one that goes back from time immemorial.