July 2, 2012

Bus B had quite the meaningful day today that began with an activity during Shaharit in which the Wheelniks discussed what inspires each of them Jewishly. Following this activity, the group headed off to CNN to take the famous shot in front of the big block letters. Afterward, Bus B excitingly relived the 1996 Olympic games at Centennial Park and its Fountain of Rings where they saw an awesome water show. This visit was topped off by the group receiving free milk shakes! It was a perfect complement to the hot day. Later on, Bus B stopped at Underground Atlanta, a mall that exists within the old tunnels and aqueducts of Atlanta. They did some shopping and explored the tunnels of the mall…a very cool and unique experience. To quench their thirst from all their walking, the Wheelniks then stopped at the Coca-Cola headquarters where they received an awesome tour and most importantly, free samples! Finally, an already great day was capped off with an Atlanta Braves baseball game, relaxing and watching America’s past time.

July 2, 2012

The group started their day with a walking tour of the past and present Jewish life in Berlin. They visited the Jewish museum and the Oranienburgerstr Synagogue. In 1866, the New Synagogue was inaugurated with over 3000 seats, which served the increasing number of liberal Jews. Today, it hosts the Masorti -Conservative Jewish community of Berlin. Following lunch, they walked by the grave of Moses Mendelssohn, a Jewish philosopher from the 18th century. That area was a Jewish neighborhood prior to the war and today there are signs on the pavement in front of each and every home with the name of the Jewish family that once lived there. In the evening they returned to the hotel for dinner.

July 2, 2012

Group 5 woke up this morning and started their drive from Krakow to Warsaw. During the busride they watched the Pianist and then they stopped in Lodz on the way. In Lodz they visited the Lodz Jewish cemetery, which is the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe with the biggest Jewish tombstone in the world. They also visited the Lodz ghetto and the Umshlagplatz, which is the site of deportation, and continued their roadtrip to Warsaw. In the evening the group ate dinner and met in subgroups; these small groups will meet each night in Poland in order to debrief about the day together. In addition, the group did icebreakers in order to learn even more about one another.

July 2, 2012

Group 4 had an awesome and exhausting day: they woke up at 3:45am to hike Masada at sunrise. On top of Masada they davened a spiritual shacharit and participated in a great learning session as well. They had breakfast at the Ein Gedi youth hostel and took a stroll to the pool in Ein Gedi where they got to spend some time in the fresh water spring. After that, they headed to the dead sea and got to put mud on themselves and go into the water and float! Then they had lunch and headed back to Eilat where they toured Yotveta kibbutz. In the evening they went out to walk around the tayelet and enjoy some free time.

July 2, 2012

This morning Group 3 learned about the Amidah during shacharit and headed to their volunteer placements! They chose in advance whether they would be volunteering at the children’s hospital at Rambam, the zoo in Haifa, or a school for children with special needs. They are excited to continue volunteering there for the rest of the week! Afterwards, they returned to their base for lunch followed by a tour of the Bahai gardens. In the evening they participated in a program involving social media and communicating the message of Tikun Olam to the community. They had quite an exciting day!

July 2, 2012

Group 2 started their morning with a fun hike at Nachal Kziv located in the Western Galilee. It is full of springs and running water. Then they had lunch at Rosh Hanikra and had the opportunity to tour it as well. They walked through the beautiful grottos created by the water hitting the rocks for hundreds of years. They headed to Yad L’ Yad Bridge; it is a monument for pre-state operations against the British mandate. Prior to the formation of the state of Israel, Jewish fighters destroyed all the bridges leading from Israel to its neighboring countries. In the evening they had the opportunity to shop, have dinner and walk around in Naharia.

June 29, 2012

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