Friday, July 29th

This morning the group went to the Latrun tank museum and enjoyed seeing and climbing on some of the tanks used in Israel’s wars. The group also visited the memorial for the fallen soldiers of the armored corps unit. They then headed back to Jerusalem and stopped at Mahane Yehuda, an 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 3, 6 and 7.

Thursday, July 28th

Today Bus D spent their day exploring Atlanta. The group began their day of touring at the CNN Center where they learned about the media and watched the news being broadcast live. Next, Bus D visited the World of Coca Cola where they discovered how the beverage is made and got the chance to taste various flavors and Coca Cola products from around the world. Bus D then went to Dialogue in the Dark, an exhibition which takes participants through everyday situations completely in the dark so as to recreate the experience of the visually impaired. Then it was off to Stone Mountain to see a laser lights show!

Thursday, July 28th

This morning Bus A arrived in Salt Lake City at the completion of their overnight drive. In the morning the wheelniks had some free time to rest after the long drive. They then headed over to Raging Waters Water Park where they spent most of the day cooling off in the lazy river and having fun going down the water slides. Tonight they returned to their hotel for dinner and an early bed time.

Thursday, July 28th

Today the group spent the day in the Upper Galilee. They began at an overlook at Metulla, and then went on a water hike in Nahal Snir. After lunch the group had a blast kayaking in the Jordan River and from there they went shopping at the famous Neot factory where they had fun trying on and buying sandals. They then headed back to Hannaton for dinner.

Thursday, July 28th

The group started their day at Yad Lekashish, a non-profit based in Jerusalem that provides employment and social services to over 300 elderly artisans. Then, Group 7 headed to Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Holocaust Museum, where they had a very moving tour. Next, the USYers visited Mount Herzl. This mountain serves not only the Israel Defense Forces’ official military cemetery but also as the burial site for prominent Zionists, Israeli politicians and those figures who greatly influenced the development of the state. They stopped at the graves of Herzl, Yoni Netanyahu and Michael Levin among others. They then planted trees at JNF Forest Yaar Aminadav and each USYer dedicated their tree to someone special in their lives.  After dinner they played drama games, which gave them a chance to reflect on their journey in a fun and active way. The group then ended their day by going out for a fun and relaxing night out on the town.

Thursday, July 28th

The group spent their day learning about Mitzvah and Tikun Olam work with Danny Siegel. They drove to Hod Hasharon were they volunteered at Click, an organization which strives to improve the quality of life for the aged. They participated in an art workshop side by side with the elderly and donated the art products to the institution. Later they heard about the woman who founded the organization supporting the Righteous Gentiles living in Israel. They ended the day in Jerusalem learning from Danny Siegel about other “mitzvah heroes” as well as volunteer opportunities in their home communities. After dinner they heard Neil Lazarus give a fascinating lecture on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Thursday, July 28th

This morning the group planted trees in Yaar Aminadav, JNF forest and each USYer dedicated their tree to someone special in their lives. They then headed to Jerusalem and after lunch they visited Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Holocaust Museum. There they had a very moving tour. Next, the USYers visited Mount Herzl. This mountain serves not only the Israel Defense Forces’ official military cemetery but also as the burial site for prominent Zionists, Israeli politicians and those figures who greatly influenced the development of the state. They stopped at the graves of Herzl, Yoni Netanyahu and Michael Levin among others. After dinner the group enjoyed a group program prepared by their staff.

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