Wednesday, June 29th

Today the group departed for the Archaeological Dig Seminar where they dug to try find artifacts from the Second Temple period. They crawled through Bar Kochba’s secret caves, which were used to plan the Bar Kochba Revolt against the Roman Empire in 135 CE. They had lunch at Kibbutz Beit Guvrin and spent time at the swimming pool! Group 4 then headed back to Jerusalem, had dinner and then went out for an activity at a nearby park.

Wednesday, June 29th

The group arrived safely in Israel and drove up to Jerusalem. Their first stop was at the Promenade overlooking Jerusalem. There they had a welcoming ceremony and said shehechianu. They headed to the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism, their home for the next few days. They ate dinner, settled into their rooms and had an orientation for the summer ahead.  The group is very excited to be embarking on this summer experience.

 

Wednesday, June 29th

The group arrived safely in Israel. After meeting their staff, the group headed up north. Group 1’s first stop was at Beit She’arim, the location of the Sanhedrin (religious high court) during the Roman times. They held a welcoming ceremony and said Shecheyanu. Later they arrived at Kibbutz Hanaton, the Conservative kibbutz in the north of Israel, which will also be their base for the next few days. There they had dinner and an orientation for the exciting summer ahead.

 

Tuesday, June 28th

On Tuesday, Bus C set off on their six and a half week journey. In the morning they learned about the shacharit service and the prayers they will say each day. Their first stop was in Amish country where they visited a local pretzel factory. There, the wheelniks had the chance to make their own pretzels. They then traveled to Hershey, PA where they had a tour of Hershey’s Chocolate World. In the tour they loaded up on treats and learned about all of Hershey’s amazing candies. With plenty of chocolate in their stomachs and some more in their bags for the journey ahead, Bus C continued on to Pittsburg. On the bus ride the group spoke a little bit about Hachnasat Orchim, the mitzvah of welcoming in guests. When the group arrived at their host synagogue they ate dinner and had an evening program before meeting their host families and splitting up for the night. Tuesday was a fantastic start to the summer of a lifetime!

Tuesday, June 28th

On Tuesday, Bus A set off on their six and a half week journey. Their first stop was in Amish country where they visited a local pretzel factory. There, the wheelniks had the chance to make their own pretzels. They then traveled to Hershey, PA where they had a tour of Hershey’s Chocolate World. In the tour they loaded up on treats and learned about all of Hershey’s amazing candies. With plenty of chocolate in their stomachs and some more in their bags for the journey ahead, Bus A continued on to Harrisburg. On the bus ride the group spoke a little bit about Hachnasat Orchim, the mitzvah of welcoming in guests. When the group arrived at their host synagogue they ate dinner and had an evening program before meeting their host families and splitting up for the night. Tuesday was a fantastic start to the summer of a lifetime!

Tuesday, June 28th

Today was orientation day for the Bus H Wheelniks! After everyone arrived, the group played ice-breaker games in order to get to know their new friends. Next the group loaded the bus with supplies and snacks that they will need throughout the summer. Later, Bus H went out for dinner at Ken’s Diner, a Wheel’s favorite. Afterwards, the group returned to their hotel where they had Mitzvah Clown training and learned how to put on the clown face paint and how to make balloon animals. The group is very excited to get the summer started!

Tuesday, June 28th

This morning Bus D woke up and each member davened shacharit on their own. Afterwards, the bus stopped in the Wisconsin Dells where they went on a duck tour which took them on land and through the water in a vehicle that is both a truck and boat. Next, the group spent the afternoon at the Mt. Olympus Water and theme park where they splashed around in the pools, rode waterslides and roller coasters and hung out. Later, they continued their ride to Minnesota. On the ride, they watched the movie the sandlot and worked with one another to learn how to lead the group in a particular prayer (what USY on Wheels calls tefillah goals). At night, they had dinner and an evening program.

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