Wednesday, July 20th

This morning the Bus E wheelniks continued their learning and davened shacharit each at their own pace. The group the boarded the bus and, on the ride,  they rested from their early wake up. Their first stop was in Wilmington, North Carolina where they had free time at the Independence Mall. Next, the wheelniks toured the Screen Gems movie and TV studios. There, they learned about some of the famous movies filmed on site and went on the set of the TV show One Tree Hill. The group then got back on the bus and drove to Greensboro. In Greensboro they stopped for dinner at the American Hebrew Academy and had a tour of the facility. In the evening Bus E had a video chat with the person who runs the USY Facebook page and USY’s International President.

Wednesday, July 20th

This morning Bus H learned about Az Yashir during Shacharit and headed out into LA. The group spent most of the day at Universal Studios theme park enjoying all of the movie themed rides, shops and shows. In the afternoon the group went window shopping on Rodeo Drive where they saw some of the world’s most expensive stores. Later the wheelniks went out to see all their favorite stars at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Afterwards Bus H had free time and dinner on Pico Boulevard. In the evening they had free time to explore the boardwalk and beach on the Santa Monica pier.

Wednesday, July 20th

Today Bus D left the Grand Canyon and headed to Albuquerque. On the way they stopped off for breakfast and watched a movie. When they arrived, the wheelniks had time to explore the shops and area of Old Town Albuquerque. In the evening they ate dinner at a local synagogue and then went to the Hinkle Family Fun Center where they rode go carts and bumper cars and played laser tag and arcade games.

Wednesday, July 20th

This morning Bus C davened Shacharit and headed out into LA. The group spent most of the day at Universal Studios theme park enjoying all of the movie themed rides, shops and shows. Afterwards the wheelniks had free time and dinner on Pico Boulevard. The group then returned to their hotel where they loaded the bus with supplies for the second half of their trip.

Wednesday, July 20th

This morning Bus A davened Shacharit and headed out into LA. The group spent most of the day at Universal Studios theme park enjoying all of the movie themed rides, shops and shows. Later the wheelniks went out to see all their favorite stars at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Afterwards Bus A had free time and dinner on Pico Boulevard. The group then finished the day with a guest speaker from the entertainment industry.

Wednesday, July 20th

Today the group began their day at sunrise in the desert. They davened Shacharit separately, each finding their own space among the sand dunes and rocks. Later they learned to navigate their way through the desert with a hike. Once they concluded their Desert experience they travelled to Sde Boker, once the home of David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel. They visited the hut in which he lived, and learned about his life and his brand of Zionism. Then they visited his grave, which is alongside his wife Paula’s grave. They discussed the importance of the Negev desert to Israel. They then did a short hike to Ein Ovdat. Group 8 then headed to Arad were they are spending the night.

Wednesday, July 20th

This morning the group visited the Overlook in Metula and the Lebanese border. They went on fun water hike at the Hatzbani River. After lunch they had a blast kayaking in the Jordan River. Next they went shopping at the famous Naot factory where they had fun trying on and buying sandals. On their way back to Kibbutz they stopped at Mitzpe Gadot- an overlook that looks out over the Golan Heights and has a memorial to the fallen members of the Golan Brigade. After dinner they enjoyed a group activity prepared by their staff at Kibbutz Hannaton.

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