Thursday, July 14th

This morning Bus H davened Shacharit and learned about the 8th and 9th blessings in the Amidah. The group then had free time to explore the many hotels on the Las Vegas strip. Later Bus H went to Madame Tussaud’s wax museum and got a chance to take pictures with all their favorite celebrities. In the afternoon, Bus H volunteered and St. Jude’s Children’s Ranch, an organization which serves abused children. At St. Jude’s the wheelniks played a game of softball and capture the flag with the children and served them ice cream. Afterwards they went to see the home and personal art gallery of a local artist who has a connection to the Wheels program. In the evening Bus H had dinner and then went out to do laundry.

Thursday, July 14th

This morning Bus D 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 the star-struck wheelniks returned to their hotel and loaded their bus. In the evening, they finished off their Hollywood themed day by going out to see a late night showing of the final Harry Potter film!

Thursday, July 14th

This morning Bus C woke up very early and watched the sun rise over Crater Lake. The group then made their way south to California. On the way they watched a movie. In California they stopped in Chico where they went to the Yo-Yo Museum and learned the history of one of America’s favorite toys. The group then continued on to Sacramento. Once they arrived they went out to do laundry and had an evening program about social action projects.

Thursday, July 14th

Today Bus A woke up very early and headed to the edge of the Grand Canyon to daven Shacharit as the sun rose over the stunningly beautiful canyon. Following Shacharit the wheelniks ate breakfast and then put on their hiking boots and trekked down into the canyon for a morning hike. The group then had some free time to rest from the hike and the early wake up. Later on the wheelniks visited the lodge and did sichot and tefillah goals. In the evening Bus A had dinner and then loaded up their bus.

Wednesday, July 13th

Following shacharit this morning Bus D visited the Museum of Tolerance and took in the extremely powerful exhibits. Later the wheelniks headed over to Beit Tshuva, a Jewish rehabilitation center in L.A., where the group learned about this wonderful organization and heard from patients that they help. Bus D then picked up dinner and went out to Santa Monica Pier where they had a picnic dinner and free time on the pier.

Wednesday, July 13th

Today Bus C made their way to Crater Lake. On the way the wheelniks visited and had fun exploring the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. When they arrived at the lake they had some time to walk around and take pictures of the lake which was formed when a volcano collapsed in on itself around 5700 BCE. The group also got to play in the snow around the lake! In the evening they had a BBQ grilled cheese dinner and headed to bed in anticipation of an early wake up.

Thursday, July 14th

The group spent their morning learning about the First Temple period. Their first stop was the City of David, where they went through Hezekayah’s Tunnel, a water aqueduct that brought water to the city during the time of King Hezekayah. The USYers had a wonderful time splashing in the water! After lunch, they drove to the Ben Shemen forest for the annual USY Event! Each year at this event, all USY groups come together for an afternoon of competition, cheers, and fun! They do ropes course activities, learn about Israel through games, and bond as a group, each with their own color t-shirt! After a delicious BBQ dinner each group performed a cheer or dance. In the evening they enjoyed a disco party were all the groups danced together. Tonight they came back to Jerusalem to sleep at the Fuchsberg Center before departing for free weekend tomorrow.

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