Tuesday, June 28th

Today was orientation day for the Wheels East 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 trip. Afterwards, the group had a delicious dinner. Finally, the group finished the day with an evening program in which they wrote letters to themselves which they will get back at the end of the summer. The group is very excited to get the summer started!

 

Monday, June 27th

Today was orientation day for the Bus C 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 C had free time to go swimming. Afterwards, the group had a delicious dinner with Bus A. The group is very excited to get the summer started!

Monday, June 27th

Today was orientation day for the Bus A 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, the group had free time to go swimming. Afterwards, Bus A had a delicious dinner with Bus C and celebrated the birthday of one of their bus mates. The group is very excited to get the summer started!

Tuesday, June 28th

This morning the group headed to Tikochin where there is a beautiful synagogue still standing. Tikochin is located four hours north of Warsaw and not far from the city of Bialystok. They davend Shaharit at the old synagogue and helped bring back some Jewish life to the building. They walked the streets of the village which was a Jewish shtetl before WWII. Group 6 then drove to Lupuchova Forest, a site of mass graves not far from Tikochin. This afternoon, the group drove to Treblinka death camp. Not much remains of the camp but there is a massive memorial which consists of thousands of stones with the names of towns whose populations were destroyed there. They had a memorial ceremony in Treblinka and headed back to Warsaw for the night. Back in Warsaw they ate dinner, met in subgroups and met in their new va’adot.

 

Tuesday, June 28th

The group woke up happy in Jerusalem for another day of touring. They learned about the First Temple period, and then took a walk through the Jaffa Gate and Old City. They visited the City of David and went through Hezekayah’s Tunnel, a water aqueduct that brought water to the city during the time of King Hezekayah (700 BCE). The USYers had a wonderful time splashing in the water. After lunch the group walked back through the new and most beautiful Mamila mall to the Fuchsberg center. In the afternoon they went to the Independence park to play Frisbee. The group had some time to rest before dinner and later on they met in their subgroups. After dinner the group had a bonding program.

Monday, June 27th

This morning, Bus D returned to their host synagogue in Chicago. During shacharit the group learned about the choreography of the Amida, one of Judaism’s central prayers. The group then boarded the bus and made a visit to Jelly Belly Jellybean factory. There they learned about how the delicious jellybeans are made and got to try many of the various flavors. Before leaving, the group made a stop in the gift shop to load up on some jellybeans for their many rides ahead. Then it was off to the circus with a visit to Circus World. At Circus World, the group rode elephants, tried on circus costumes and saw circus show. Later on, the group arrived at their destination, a camp in the Wisconsin Dells. At the camp they had dinner, made a campfire, had a sing along and made smores!

Monday, June 27th

After an overnight flight, Group 6 landed safely in Warsaw this morning. Though tired, they are excited for the meaningful and interesting week ahead. After retrieving their luggage and meeting their Israeli staff, Raaya and Eyal, and their tour guide Mark, they loaded the bus had an opening ceremony at the Rappaport monument. They headed for the Genscher Cemetery. They prayed mincha at the Nozyk synagogue and visited the area that used to be the Jewish ghetto and saw the last remaining wall of the ghetto.  They then headed to the Novotel hotel. Tonight the group ate dinner at a restaurant and met in subgroups. These small groups will meet each night in Poland and Israel in an effort to debrief about all they saw during the day and so that everyone has the opportunity to talk about their experiences in more intimate groups.  Though tired, the group is excited to be getting to know each other and they are excited for the summer ahead.

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