August 1, 2012

Today, Bus B headed eastward, toward Madison, Wisconsin. Their first stop was the Wisconsin Duck Tours. On the boat, they traveled on the Wisconsin River, seeing the beautiful sandstone bluffs while trying to stay dry. In keeping with that theme, the group visited a local water park, where they slid, splashed, and swam their way through the afternoon. The group will end their day at Camp Chi with a yummy dinner, campfire, and fun evening program.

August 1, 2012

Bus H thoroughly enjoyed their last day in Los Angeles. After having an entertaining end-of-the-summer talent show last night, the group finished up their volunteering by helping out at local Shul. From there, the group had lunch and a Siha on the Mitzvah of friendship at their staff, Sarah Tudzin’s house. They were very thankful to her and her family for opening up their home. They will finish off their summer with a final banquet tonight, where many wonderful memories and stories will be told.

August 1, 2012

Today, Bus C spent time in Atlanta. Before they started their sightseeing, they learned about the ever-important but oft overlooked Aleinu prayer during Shaharit. The Wheelniks’ first stop was a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Museum and grave where they learned about the legacy of this great American and discussed the impact of the civil rights movement. After that important trip, the group headed back to their hotel for an evening program.

August 1, 2012

Bus A had an exciting day in the Peach State. To begin, the group headed off to CNN to take the famous shot in front of the big block letters. 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.

August 1, 2012

Group 8 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 hiked at Nachal David and headed to the Dead Sea. While there, everyone got a chance to put mud on themselves and go into the water and float! Then they started their journey towards Jerusalem, where they will spend their final few days together. When they arrived they had some time to nap prior to dinner and a program, Café Dilemma, focusing on issues facing Israeli society. In the evening they watched a movie together.

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July 31, 2012

Bus C started off their first day in the Big Easy by learning some more, in-depth, about the Amidah…a great educational moment to start the day! Later, they helped out, in a huge way, by assisting at Volunteers of America, helping sort and organize school supplies for their school enrichment program. Later the group check out the always entertaining Bourbon Street to see the craziness of New Orleans, followed by a cool trip to local aquarium. They will end their day with a little bit of laundry to get their clothes fresh for their final week!

July 31, 2012

Bus A had a wonderful day in Memphis today. They learned the ins and outs of The King. On their visit to Graceland, the Wheelniks saw Elvis’ home and musical accomplishments. It is a very cool site devoted to one of America’s greatest musical stars. Later in the day, the group headed south to Birmingham, Alabama. Bus A will take advantage of the long bus ride by having some good bonding and game time. Once in Alabama, the group will do some laundry to get clean clothes for their last week together!

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