June 27, 2012

After meeting up at the airport yesterday, Group 8 took off on an adventure of a lifetime. This afternoon, after they landed in Prague, they met their Israeli staff and took a short tour of the city. Then they headed to the hotel for orientation, dinner and a fun program. They are looking forward to the rest of the summer!

June 27, 2012

Group 1 landed at Ben Gurion Airport early  this afternoon excited to be in Israel. They got their luggage, loaded the bus, and headed up north. On their way, they stopped for orientation at Beit She’arim, the location of the Sanhedrin(religious high court) during the Roman time. They held a welcoming ceremony and said the she’hecheyanu blessing. They arrived at Kibbutz Hanaton, the Conservative kibbutz in the north of Israel, their base for the next few days. After dinner, they had ice-breaker games and an orientation for the exciting summer ahead.

June 27, 2012

Group 3 landed safely in Israel this afternoon! They went, first, to Yemin Moshe which overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem. After a special welcoming ceremony, the group drove to the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism, their home for the next few days. In the afternoon, the group split up and went on different walking tours of the neighborhood so that they could acclimate a bit. After dinner, they enjoyed a fun program prepared by their staff.

June 26, 2012

Group 4 has finally arrived in Israel! Upon arrival they participated in a sunrise Shaharit overlooking the Old City, took a nap, ate lunch, got their cellphones and money, went to the supermarket and embarked on a walking tour of Jerusalem! They saw Gan Ha’atzmaut, the president’s house, the Prime Minister’s house, as well as the protest tents outside of the house, in order to learn about the various political situations going on in Israel. A significant difference this year is that the Gilad Shalit tent was not pitched! Then they had dinner and did an evening of separate boy’s and girl’s programming, followed by an early bed time so that tomorrow they can have a great start to their day!

June 26, 2012

Mission Mitzvah had an action packed day, which they began in Philadelphia, touring at the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where they were given some free time to explore and learn about our nation’s rich history. Following this, Mission Mitzvah headed to the Board Game Art Park, playing with life-sized board game pieces and having a great time mingling with new friends. Their final activity was visiting the American Helicopter Factory. The kids were amazed at the fascinating models they had arranged there. Finally, the group headed back to their home hospitality synagogue in Philadelphia, where they ate dinner and participated in a Mitzvah project, sorting clothes and toys for needy children. It was a tiring but incredibly fulfilling day and Mission Mitzvah cannot wait to start again tomorrow for a full day!

June 26, 2012

Bus C began their summer with an overview of how Tefillot(services) will be run and a conversation about how everyone, while coming from different backgrounds, will have a chance to grow themselves individually and try new things. Following this conversation, Bus C traveled to the Intercourse Pretzel Factory where they saw how these tasty treats were made and had a chance to try some of them. After this stop, a trip to the Indian Echo Caverns, Bus C traversed the narrow passageways getting some great pictures! On the way to their host town, they stopped next at Hershey’s Chocolate World, sampling some delicious desserts and viewing the history of the famed company. Bus C ended their day in Pittsburgh with a BBQ and a program on goals and fears for the summer. They cannot wait to get moving on their adventures tomorrow!

June 26, 2012

Bus A started off their summer together with a rousing Shaharit to get the day going! They began their drive with a stop at the Pez Factory in Orange, Connecticut, where they saw how the little candies are made and had a chance to try some tasty treats. Following this, they headed to Newport, Rhode Island visiting the Touro synagogue, the oldest Shul in America. They took pictures and had a discussion about what it means to be a Jew in America. After a long day of adventures, the group headed to the synagogue where their home hospitality was taking place, Temple Israel in Natick, Massachusets, and they had a delectable dinner! Post dinner, the group traveled into Boston proper to see a show of Shear Madness, a hilarious Improv troupe. The group had some serious laughs and is getting a good night’s rest to continue their journey tomorrow!

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