June 27, 2012

Bus B started their day off with an amazing opportunity to traverse the Smithsonian museum of D.C., while some other Wheelniks played football on the National Mall! Following this, they spent the next few hours at the Holocaust museum, where, after just two days together, the group came together strongly and really helped one another out. They processed this visit with some meaningful reflection in a writing program. Afterward, they saw Washington D.C. from a different view; on the water on a riverboat. It was such a great opportunity to see D.C. from an angle most people do not get. It was awesome! They capped off their fun night with a visit to the amazing Pump It Up, which is a gym/sports center that has gigantic inflatables on which the Wheelniks released some energy. It was an an awesome activity with which to end the day…the Wheelniks loved it!

June 27, 2012

Bus A had a very “spooky” day in Salem, Massachusets. They visited the Witch Dungeon Museum, bonding together over the fun frights that were on display. From there, they went to the Pirate museum where they saw real pirate’s treasures! A long drive followed to Syracuse, New York for dinner, more ice-breaking, and a return to host homes where they all are getting a well earned night’s rest!

June 27, 2012

Bus C started of their day with a beautiful morning prayer and an even more beautiful lookout point in Pittsburgh at Mount Washington. From there, they traveled to Cleveland where, at the world’s largest stamp, they had va’ad meetings and ate a scrumptious lunch. Afterward, they learned about music history and broke some more ice at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They finished their day playing a rousing game of whirlyball and spent the night at their host homes!

June 27, 2012

Group 4 spent their first full day in Israel doing a variety of awesome activities. This morning, they did an archeological dig at Tel Maresha at which they got to find some ancient artifcats! Then, they went spelunking, which is the exploration of caves, in ancient tunnels, ate lunch and had an opportunity to go swimming at Beit Guvrin. Upon returning to the base, they got ready for a shiur with Rabbi Paul Freedman, followed by dinner and an exciting evening on Ben Yehuda Street!

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.

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