July 31, 2012

Bus C started off their first day in the Big Easy by learning some more, in-depth, about the Amidah…a great educational moment to start the day! Later, they helped out, in a huge way, by assisting at Volunteers of America, helping sort and organize school supplies for their school enrichment program. Later the group check out the always entertaining Bourbon Street to see the craziness of New Orleans, followed by a cool trip to local aquarium. They will end their day with a little bit of laundry to get their clothes fresh for their final week!

July 31, 2012

Bus A had a wonderful day in Memphis today. They learned the ins and outs of The King. On their visit to Graceland, the Wheelniks saw Elvis’ home and musical accomplishments. It is a very cool site devoted to one of America’s greatest musical stars. Later in the day, the group headed south to Birmingham, Alabama. Bus A will take advantage of the long bus ride by having some good bonding and game time. Once in Alabama, the group will do some laundry to get clean clothes for their last week together!

July 31, 2012

Bus H had another exciting day in beautiful Los Angeles! They began by volunteering their time and helping with a food donation drop off. It was the perfect way to start their day. Following this, they explored the sites and sounds of the Santa Monica Pier, where they also enjoyed a rousing game of Capture the Flag. Later on, the group will cap off their day with exciting visits to famed L.A. hot spots Hollywood Walk and Universal Studios. What  a great way to spend one of their last few days of the summer!

July 31, 2012

Bus B had a rousing start to their day with a lively I-Pod Shaharit that the Wheelniks loved. They continued on to the SPAM museum, to learn about what used to be a quintessential American, snack food. Following this, the group had informative Sihot sessions and lunch at Lake Harriet, one of the beautiful lakes of Minnesota. To end their day, the group is spending some quality time at the wondrous Mall of America, a mall like no other!

July 31, 2012

Group 8 started their day in the mystical city of Tzfat. Among the many people who came from Tzfat are the prominent kabbalists, Isaac Luria and Moshe Kordovero. Besides the kabbalists, Tzfat also attracted numerous other Jewish scholars and spiritualists, including Joseph Caro, the author of the Shulchan Aruch and Shlomo Halevi Alkabetz, composer of the Shabbat hymn Lecha Dodi. The group had a tour of the city and two of the synagogues and enjoyed some free time to walk around and visit the candle factory. From Tzfat they headed south to the Negev. The group visited a Bedouin tent. There, they had an amazing time riding on camels and learning about the Bedouin traditions. They got to experience Bedouin food for dinner . In the evening they went to bed early to prepare for their early sunrise hike up Masada!

July 31, 2012

Group 5 started their final day at to Yad Lekashish, a non-profit based in Jerusalem that provides employment and social services to over 300 elderly artisans. Then they planted trees in the JNF forest. Each USYer dedicated their tree to someone special in their lives. They headed back to base to hear about the amazing opportunities available to everyone during their gap year with USY’s Nativ year long program. They also went to shuk Machane Yehuda and Ben Yehuda street one final time before packing and preparing for their final banquet dinner. This evening the group came together to share memories of everything they have done this and accomplished on their incredible journey this past summer. At the end of their night they will load the bus and head to the airport. We know that group 5 had an amazing summer and look forward to returning to Israel again soon!

July 30, 2012

Bus A had a great day in Memphis! They began their day with a rockin’ tour of the Gibson Guitar Center and saw their amazing instruments. From there, they saw Memphis staple, Pink’s Palace Museum, where they saw some cool technological and science exhibits! They capped off their visit with a trip to the Born to be Wild Imax. Later, after dinner at their host synagogue, the group will have an Israeli dancing program to get some energy out before they begin their last full week of the program.

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