July 18, 2012

Group 3 continued their volunteering in Kiryat Shmona this morning. They painted railings in the park and fixed benches. Then they went to Banias, which was a fun hike with a lot of greenery and waterfalls. They ate a delicious pizza lunch and headed to a real army base near by Syria! They got to climb tanks and learn more about what it is like to be in the IDF. In the afternoon they went to Katzrin to spend some time in the mall, have dinner and eventually headed to base to enjoy a group bonding program.

July 18, 2012

Group 2 left Jerusalem this morning and headed to Tel Aviv. Their first stop was Kikar Rabin, the site of Yitzchak Rabin’s final hours, as he went to a peace rally and was then assassinated. There they learned about Yitzhak Rabin’s life and all of his accomplishments. From there they went to the Olympic museum and heard stories about the Olympic winners from Israel and their achievements. Then they had lunch, free time and shopping time at Shuk HaCarmel, followed by a visit to Dialogue in the Dark; there, they were led by an experienced tour guide who was blind, through darkness. In the evening they had a program about Tel Aviv to learn more about the wonderful city.

July 18, 2012

Group 1 left Eilat this morning and headed to Kibbutz Ketura. Once there, they got the opportunity to learn about what it means to be on a kibbutz, took a tour of the area, learned about the various industries and initiatives that were formed on the kibbutz and more! They participated in a mock kibbutz trial game in order to gain a better understanding of how a kibbutz functions: the different dilemmas that arise and how to function as a unit, as a family. Then they had lunch followed by a nice dip in the pool in the kibbutz. In the evening they made their way back to Jerusalem where they had the opportunity to hear from Neil Lazarus who talked to everyone about the Arab-Israeli conflict.

July 17, 2012

This morning Bus C was joined by Jules Gutin, former director of USY, for an energetic Shaharit. Next, Bus C 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. Then the Wheelniks went out to see all their favorite stars at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Later, the group will convene with all the other Wheels groups in L.A. for a fun night on the Santa Monica Pier!

July 17, 2012

This morning Bus B was joined by Rabbi David Levy, director of USY, for an energetic Shaharit. Next, Bus B 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. Then the Wheelniks went out to see all their favorite stars at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Later, the group will convene with all the other Wheels groups in L.A. for a fun night on the Santa Monica Pier!

July 17, 2012

This morning Bus A started off their day with an energetic Shaharit. Next, Bus A 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. From there, hopefully will get a chance to see some stars when they visit the CBS Studio lot in sunny Los Angeles. Later, the group will convene with all the other Wheels groups in L.A. for a fun night on the Santa Monica Pier!

July 17, 2012

Today Bus H made their way to Albuquerque, NM. On the way to their destination the group stopped at the Cadillac Ranch, a stop on the side of the road with old Cadillac cars jutting up from the ground which people who pass by frequently sign or spray-paint. After adding their names and some of their own designs the group continued on to their destination. When they arrived, the Wheelniks had time to explore the shops and area of Old Town Albuquerque. In the evening they will head to the Hinkle Family Fun Center where they will ride go-carts and bumper cars and play mini golf and arcade games.

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