June 28, 2012

Bus E started off the day with an eye-opening look into the the Parasha for the week-Hukkat. Everyone learned a lot! Following this learning session, the group headed to Boston where they explored Boston University’s campus, learning about its Hillel and traversing its vast bookstore. For lunch, they headed to converted roadway turned green space, Rose Kennedy Greenway, found a beautiful spot and ate a scrumptious lunch overlooking the city! There was an even cooler moment when the mayor of Boston showed up at the green space and took a picture with the group. He loves USY! The Wheelniks then went off in groups to have some free time at Faneuil Hall, doing some shopping and gallivanting about. A BBQ dinner followed at their host synagogue and the day was ended with an interactive experience called 5-wits, where the Wheelniks solved puzzles and explore the very cool, very hands-on space of the center. After a long day, Bus E is resting well and so excited for their first shabbat together!

June 28, 2012

Group 5 landed safely in Poland this morning, met their Israeli staff and headed to the Warsaw Jewish cemetery. Then they had lunch and a long drive to Lublin where they will spend the night. After dinner they will be doing orientation and ice breakers. They are excited to get to know one another and look forward to an amazing summer!

June 28, 2012

Group 2 landed safely in Israel, met their Israeli staff members, and headed to the Tayelet, where you can see a beautiful overview of the Jerusalem and the Old City. There they said the she’hecheyanu blessing and headed back to the base to eat lunch. They had their orientation and then had dinner. Tonight they will do icebreakers – group 2 is excited to learn more about one another and are looking forward to the rest of their summer together!

June 28, 2012

Today was group 3’s first full day in Israel and it was quite busy. They started by doing a First Temple tour in the Old city, which involved the City of David and Hezekiah’s tunnels, where the kids had the opportunity to walk through water. Then they headed up the hill to see the remains of the Second Temple period with the Southern wall excavations,  Robinson’s arch, and the Kotel. They also walked around the Jewish Quarter and saw a beautiful view of the city. They returned to the base to have dinner and get ready for an evening out at Ben Yehuda street. They enjoyed their first full day!

June 28, 2012

June 28, 2012

Bus C started off their day with a rousing rendition of the Amidah version of the Cha-Cha slide! Everyone in the group, no matter the background had a great time learning about the different components of an important prayer. From there, they headed down to Chicago where they had some well-earned free time at Navy Pier, basking in the sunny weather. After the pier, it was off to the huge bean in Millenium Park, where many pictures were taken with everyone’s new friends. A tasty dinner was had at famed Chicago restaurant Ken’s Diner, a real treat! Finally, the day culminated with an awesome scavenger hunt at their host synagogue followed by heading off to host homes for the night.

 

June 28, 2012

The morning started off with a visit to the Israel Museum, followed by a bus ride to see Oscar Schindler’s grave, which the kids wanted to see after watching Schindler’s List in Poland last week; it was a really moving experience. They visit the burial site of Kind David on Har Zion and the place of the Last Supper. Then they went to the Old City to tour through remains from Second Temple period. After tasty bagel lunch in the Jewish quarter. The group walked to Robinson’s arch and the Southern Wall excavations and ended their day at the Kotel. They returned to the base to eat dinner, meet with their va’adot subgroups, and closed the evening with a cultural program.

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