Sunday, July 3rd

This morning Bus C davened a special shacharit for Rosh Chosdesh. The group then began the ride to Sioux Falls. On the way they stopped at the SPAM Museum in Austin, MN. At the museum they learned about the role SPAM played in WWII and also got to view the 4,752 cans of SPAM that are present inside the museum. Afterwards, the group ate lunch outdoors (no SPAM included!). When they arrived, they headed over to a local Laundromat to do some laundry. For some of the wheelniks this was their first time washing their own clothes and the staff and other wheelniks made sure to help them separate the colors from the whites. Afterwards everything was neatly folded they had dinner and then finished the day with an evening program.

Sunday, July 3rd

Today the wheelniks made their way to Atlanta. Once in the city, Bus A visited the World of Coca Cola where they learned how the beverage is made and got the chance to taste various flavors and Coca Cola products from around the world. Later, the group headed underground and had free time to explore the shopping area of Underground Atlanta. In the evening, they checked into their hotel, had dinner and then played a get-to-know-your-staff game.

Friday, July 1st

This morning Bus A joined their host congregation for shacharit. After saying thank you, they boarded the bus for Charlotte. On the way, the group watched the movie Freedom Writers. When they arrived they went shopping for various treats for the weekend. After picking up some things for their SpongeBob themed Shabbat, Bus A checked into their hotel, got a quick rest, cleaned up and came together dressed in their finest clothes for their first Shabbat together. Shabbat Shalom!

Sunday, July 3rd

After a great Shabbat together, the group headed to the Golan Heights. They began with a three hours hike at the beautiful canyon of the Jilabun. From there they headed to Kibbutz El Rom visited the “Oz 77” monument on the very battlefield where the tanks clashed in 1973. There they viewed a short film about the heroic Oz 77 Tank Brigade which fought against overwhelming odds to successfully defend the Golan during the Yom Kippur War. This afternoon they went to an overlook from Har Bental where they learned about the importance of the Golan Heights for Israel. This evening they enjoyed a swim and BBQ back at Kibbutz Hannaton.

Sunday, July 3rd

After a lovely Shabbat together, Group 2 was very excited to go to Gadna (a four day introduction to the Israeli army) where the group will get a taste of this very important aspect of Israeli life. After breakfast at the Fuchsberg Center, the group headed to the north and visited the Palmach cave in Kibbutz Mishmar Haemek. They learned about the training of secret spies training during WWII who were to defend the Jewish community in Palestine in case the Nazi army reached the land of Israel. They then drove to Juara, for their week in the Gadna program. They had an opening ceremony and a few sessions which introduced them to the program.

Sunday, July 3rd

After their enjoyable first Shabbat in Jerusalem, the group loaded the bus on a 10 days journey to the south and north of Israel. Their first stop was at Kibbutz Sde Boker, once the home of David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel. The group 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. Later they drove to “chavat Hanokdim” between Arad and Massada. There they had the experience of camel riding, eating a Beduin meal under the stars and sleeping in a Bedouin tent. They are excited to wake at 4am to climb the roman ramp to Massada.

Sunday, July 3rd

The group had a fantastic first Shabbat together. Last night they joined thousands in the old Jewish town square to celebrate the annual Jewish festival. This morning they stopped at the Schindler Factory- today a museum which describes Jewish life in Krakow before the war and after the Nazi invasion. From there they visited the ghetto wall in Krakow. The group later traveled five hours back to Warsaw. They visited the “Heroism Trail” which highlights the Rapport Monument, a tribute to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Mila 18, the main bunker of the uprising fighters. They had a session about their trip in Poland and after final dinner in Poland the group headed for the airport. They are very excited to be flying to Israel tonight!!!

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