Friday, July 29th

Today Bus A spent the day in Salt Lake City. In the morning they toured the Salt Lake Olympic Oval and learned about the winter games that were held in the city. The wheelniks had a tour of the practice facility and the museum and had a chance to take a chairlift up one of the mountains. Next, Bus A visited the Mormon temple and learned about the Mormon faith. Afterwards the group went through their normal pre-shabbat routine and finished preparations for Shabbat. Shabbat Shalom!

Thursday, July 28th

Today Bus C made their way to Amarillo, Texas. On the way to their destination the group stopped at the Cadillac Ranch, a stop on the side of the road with old Cadillac cars jutting up from the ground which people who pass by frequently sign or spray-paint. After adding their names and some of their own designs the group continued on to their destination. When they arrived, Bus C visited Elkins Ranch in the Palo Duro canyon, America’s second largest canyon. While in the canyon the group took a Jeep tour, a truly amazing experience! In the evening the wheelniks saw a performance of the Texas Legacy show which included fireworks, horses and cowboys and told the history of the Lone Star State.

Thursday, July 28th

This morning Bus H woke up and davened shacharit at a beautiful lookout point in Yellowstone park. The group was joined by USY Director Jules Gutin, who taught the group about a portion of their davening. Next, the group went on a hike through the park which took them past waterfalls and geysers. Later, the wheelniks volunteered with the park service, cleaning up a spot that had been damaged by unusually heavy snowfall this past winter. Afterwards, Bus H then continued on to Old Faithful, which was true to its name and erupted to the wheelnik’s delight. At the geyser the wheelniks held sichot, where they broke into smaller groups and had discussions on various topics with their staff. The group then ate dinner and went to bed.

Friday, July 29th

Today the group spent their morning in the mystical city of Tzfat. Among the many people who came from Tzfat are the prominent kabbalists, Isaac Luria and Moshe Kordovero. Besides the kabbalists, Tzfat also attracted numerous other Jewish scholars and spiritualists, including Joseph Caro, the author of the Shulchan Aruch and Shlomo Halevi Alkabetz, composer of the shabbat hymn Lecha Dodi. The group had a tour of the city, synagogues, and had an opportunity to go shopping at the famous candle factory. They returned to Kibbutz and had time to prepare and to look their best for Kabbalat Shabbat. They are excited to have a day for rest and relaxation. Shabbat Shalom!

Friday, July 29th

Group 7 spent the day at the beach in Ashdod, relaxing, swimming and enjoying the nice breeze. On the way back to Jerusalem they stopped at the Harel Mall in Mevaseret Tzion that is famous for its kosher “McDonalds” and where many of the USYers feasted on their lunch. When they got back to the Fuchsberg center, they had time to prepare for their final Shabbat in Israel which will be spent together with groups 2, 3, and 6.

Friday, July 29th

Today the group split up into groups and walked around Jerusalem. They walked to the Jewish Quarter in the Old City and headed for a final visit at the Kotel, the Western Wall. On the walk back they went through the Mamila mall for some last minute shopping and then off to Ben Yehuda St. and Mahane Yehuda, the open market, to buy goodies for Shabbat. When they got back to the Fuchsberg center, they had time to prepare for their final Shabbat in Israel which will be spent together with groups 2, 3, and 7.

Friday, July 29th

Today was the day group 3 explored “New Jerusalem.” The group visited the promenade and Ramat Rachel and spoke about borders before and after the ’67 war. At ammunition Hill the group heard about the fierce battle that took place during the six-day war and then headed to Mount Herzl. This mountain serves not only as the Israel Defense Forces’ official military cemetery but also as the burial site for prominent Zionists, Israeli politicians and those figures that greatly influenced the development of the state. They stopped at the graves of Herzl, Yitchak Rabin and Michael Levin among others. When they got back to the Fuchsberg center, they had time to prepare for their final Shabbat in Israel which will be spent together with groups 2, 6 and 7.

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