Tuesday, August 2nd

This morning the group spent some time at the Tel Aviv beach front. Later, they visited the children’s Museum in Holon and saw the exhibit “Invitation to silence,” an inter-active exhibition about communication that is directed by deaf guides who use sign language. They had some free time for shopping at Shuk HaCarmel and Nachalat Binyamin art market. They then headed South to “Chavat Hanokdim” for a true Bedouin experience of riding camels and being hosted in a Bedouin tent. The experience included a feast and the traditional sour coffee and very sweet tea. They then spent the night sleeping in the tent and preparing for an early wakeup to climb Masada tomorrow.

Monday, August 1st

This morning Bus H continued their travels in South Dakota. Their first stop was in Wall, SD where they spent time at a wheels favorite, Wall Drug. Wall Drug is a local drug store famous for providing any and all visitors with free ice water on their travels. Next the group stopped at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. The Corn Palace is an old High School gym that has been converted into a museum and a store where one can buy anything and everything associated with corn. Later Mission Mitzvah learned about hunger issues by holding a hunger banquet. In the evening they had an improv program called “Night of a thousand stars.”

Monday, August 1st

Today Bus C drove to Memphis. On the way the bus stopped at Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland. At his home they viewed instruments and costumes from his storied career and, of course, had a chance to pick up some of his music in the gift shop. Next the wheelniks explored Beale Street, a street known for his deep Rock and Soul roots. Later they continued their exploration of the world of music as they toured the Gibson Guitar Factory. In the afternoon, Bus C toured the National Civil Rights Museum and learned about the origins and history of one of the most powerful movements in American history. After their tour they went to a local shul for dinner and then went out to see either the new Harry Potter film or Winnie the Pooh.

Monday, August 1st

Today Bus A traveled to Denver. The group’s first stop was at Red Rock amphitheater, a rock structure in Red Rocks Park where outdoor concerts are held. Later on they visited Heritage Square, an area with lots of small shops. There, they also had a chance to ride alpine slides down the side of a mountain. In the evening they went to their host synagogue where they had dinner and did a social action project based on the TV show, the Amazing Race.

Monday, August 1st

This morning the group spent the day in Tel- Aviv. Their first stop was Rabin square, the site of Yitzchak Rabin’s final hours, as he went to a peace rally and was then assassinated. The group learned about his history and had a program about the political climate in Israel during that time. They sang the song “Shir La’shalom,” a song about peace. Later on, they visited the Independence Hall, where David Ben Gurion declared Israel an independent country. They then had some free time to walk around and shop in the Azriele mall. In the afternoon they visited the Olympic Experience Museum. The museum boasts state-of-the-art high-tech imaging and illustrations, audio-visual presentations, holograms, interactive screens, and hands-on trials. The USYers had a chance to learn not only about some of the greater moments in Olympic history but the Israeli achievements as well. Tonight they will spend the night in Yaffo.

Monday, August 1st

Last night the group enjoyed their final banquet. During the banquet, they gave out awards and gave presents to the staff. They received their group t-shirts and group photo and then spent their last night together bonding and sharing memories. Early this morning they loaded the buses and left for the airport. We know that Group 7 had an amazing summer and look forward to seeing them in Israel again soon!

Monday, August 1st

Last night the group enjoyed their final banquet. During the banquet, they gave out awards and gave presents to the staff. They received their group t-shirts and group photo and then spent their last few hours together sharing memories. At 2 am they loaded the buses and left for the airport. We know that Group 3 had an amazing summer and look forward to seeing them in Israel again soon!

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