August 3, 2014

After a beautiful final Shabbat together, Group 5 packed their bags, and got ready for their final banquet. The group came together to share memories of all the things they have accomplished and experienced on their incredible journey this summer. At the end of their night, they loaded the buses and headed to the airport. We know that Group 5 had an amazing, emotional and enlightening summer and look forward to returning to Israel again soon!

August 3, 2014

We made our way from Atlanta to Richmond, VA today. We started off the day with an iPod Shacharit- a chance for us to match modern songs and classic tunes with different prayers. After the musical Shacharit, we ate breakfast and loaded the bus to start one of our final long drives. We stopped midway through the drive to check out the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Despite the fact that some of us didn’t know much about Nascar, we all had a great time. As we continued our drive to Richmond, we took time to learn Eicha- the special book that is read on Tisha b’Av, which we will commemorate on Tuesday night. The banquet va’ad met to plan Wednesday night’s banquet, and we bonded as a bus as well. We are looking forward to checking out our Nation’s capital tomorrow

Check out our pictures from our Final Shabbat, Talent Show, and drive up to Richmond!

August 2, 2014

As is our custom, we slept in late in honor of our last Shabbat. With all that energy from a good night’s sleep we headed downstairs for breakfast and Shacharit. We heard an interesting d’var Torah and enjoyed the ruach that we had together as a bus. We made kiddush, had some snacks, and then had one of our final sichot- discussion groups. After a yummy lunch, we had free time to swim, play games, hang out, and rest. In the evening we concluded Shabbat with a discussion on how to bring everything we’ve learned home with us. We ended the night with a bus talent show.

August 1, 2014

Today was a jam-packed, fun-filled day in Atlanta! We had a chance to explore the city some more before settling in for our last Shabbat of the summer. We started the day with Shacharit, and then loaded the bus to head into the city to see Martin Luther King Jr’s grave and memorial. We had the opportunity to explore the museum and discuss a little bit about segregation and fairness. After our time at the memorial, we went to tour Turner Field, the home of the Atlanta Braves. We got to see behind the scenes of the awesome team. After Turner Field we had our last “Shabboping” trip, then went back to the hotel to prepare for our final Shabbat. It was bittersweet since we love Shabbat but were sad that this would be our last one together. We ended the night with some bonding and then got a good night’s sleep.

July 31, 2014

Today was a jam-packed day of fun, sightseeing, and group bonding. After davening Shacharit at our host synagogue in Chattanooga, we were off to Ruby Falls, a beautiful underground cave and waterfall tour. After that tour we boarded to bus for our drive to Atlanta. We started our visit to Atlanta with a tour of the CNN studios. It was really cool to see how they do everything behind the scenes. After that we went to the World of Coca-Cola and checked out the 4D movie, artifacts on the history of Coke, and of course, the tasting room. It was a really exciting preview of what’s coming up in December at International Convention in Atlanta! After the busy day of sightseeing, we checked into our hotel and then went bowling. It was an extremely fun and busy day! We can’t believe that our last Shabbat together is tomorrow

July 30, 2014

Today was an awesome day! We started off the day davning shacharit in our hotel in Minneapolis before heading off on our way to Wisconsin Dells near Madison. We spent a few hours out in the sun at Mt. Olympus theme and water parks. We got to ride on tons of water slides, lazy rivers, roller coasters, go carts, and so much more! After our afternoon at the Greek themed park, we headed to Camp Chi nearby for some programs and dinner. We studied some Torah and wrote letters to lone soldiers in the IDF currently fighting for our homeland, Israel. We then had a delicious dinner overlooking the gorgeous lake at the camp. We ended the day with sichot before heading back to the hotel for some relaxing sleep. It was an amazing day and were really excited to head to Chicago for the next few days!

July 30, 2014

Our day started off with Shacharit and an interesting discussion about Pirkei Avot. We had a chance to read some of the rabbis’ famous quotes and talk through their meanings and how their words can impact our lives. We thought about how to take their ideas and make them mean something in our lives. After our discussion, we had a delicious breakfast of eggs and hash browns prepared by the host synagogue. With our stomachs full, we loaded the bus to head to Chattanooga, TN. We crossed through our final time zone today and are now back in the eastern time zone! On the drive we did SATO jukebox- where we get to play whatever music we want for the whole bus if we pay the “jukebox” a dollar. All of the money raised goes to tikkun olam. We also got a chance to watch and sing along to High School Musical. We spent a bunch of time bonding and getting ready for the end of the summer together. In the evening we had a great dinner and went to our host homes early to get some laundry done.  

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