Tuesday, August 9th

Today Bus C spent the morning in the nation’s capitol. In D.C. the group began the day at the Newseum, a fun and interactive museum about the news industry. Afterwards, Bus C visited the monuments and saw the Lincoln, WWII and Korean War Memorials and the Washington Monument. Later, the group boarded the bus for Philadelphia. When they arrived at their hotel, they checked in, unpacked, had their final round of sichot and then broke the fast with a delicious lasagna dinner.

Tuesday, August 9th

Today Bus A left Cleveland for Philadelphia. Before leaving, Bus A stopped by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Inside they saw relics from Rock and Roll’s greats including Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen. On their ride, the wheelniks watched a documentary about Michael Levin, a Camp Ramah and Nativ Alumn who joined the IDF and was killed during the 2006 war in Lebanon. When they arrived, the wheelniks had free time and then broke their fast with a delicious lasagna dinner.

Monday, August 8th

On Monday, Bus C spent the day in DC. In D.C. the group began the day by visiting the National Mall. Later the group explored the Smithsonian museums including the famous Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art and the Natural History Museum. Afterwards, Bus C visited the National Holocaust Museum and took in the powerful exhibits inside. The group then worked on their signing boards and wrote messages to one another for the end of the summer. In the evening they had a kosher Chinese food dinner before beginning the fast of Tisha B’av. Next, they gathered to commemorate the fast day. First, the wheelniks sat in a circle and discussed the significance of this Jewish holiday. Later, each of the wheelniks chanted a passage from the book of Aicha that they had learned over the last week.

Monday, August 8th

On Monday, Bus A drove to Cleveland. On the ride the group watched a movie and continued preparations for their final days. When they arrived, they had dinner before the start of the fast of Tisha B’av. Next, they gathered to commemorate the fast day. First, the wheelniks sat in a circle and discussed the significance of this Jewish holiday. Later, each of the wheelniks chanted a passage from the book of Aicha that they had learned over the last week.

Sunday, August 7th

After a fantastic Shabbat Bus A began their final week together. Today, Bus A visited the Ark food pantry where they donated some of their extra snacks and food which will later be given to the hungry throughout Chicago. Afterwards the group had free time at Navy Pier, checked out the area and its shops, and to hung out on Lake Michigan. Next, Bus A visited the Museum of Science and Industry and viewed the many interactive exhibits. Finally, the group finished the day at their host synagogue with the Bus A talent show!

Monday, August 8th

Today Mission Mitzvah’s fantastic summer came to a close. The group woke up and did Shacharit together for the last time before saying their tear-filled goodbyes. Bus H then began to head home as some wheelniks headed to the airport or were picked up by parents. The summer was truly an experience of a lifetime and the friendships that were made will last a lifetime. Thank you for reading. We hope to see the wheelniks at USY International Convention in Philadelphia!

Sunday, August 7th

After a fantastic Shabbat with a beautiful havdallah service and a fun Saturday evening activity, Bus H began their final week together. Today, Bus H visited the Ark food pantry where they donated the remainder of their snacks and food which will later be given to the hungry throughout Chicago. Afterwards the group had free time at Navy Pier, checked out the area and its shops, and to hung out on Lake Michigan. In the evening they had their group banquet, got their group t-shirts, gave out awards and wrote letters to all their fellow bus mates. The group then stayed up late to hang out with one another on their final evening together.

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