July 12, 2012
This morning group 8 went to Yad Lekhashish, a non-profit based in Jerusalem that provides employment and social services to over 300 elderly artisans. From there they headed to the event with Ramah at Neot Kdumim. They got to meet other Ramah participants, interact and do various activities while enjoying lunch, singing and dancing. After, they drove to the Ben Shemen forest for the annual USY Event! Each year at this event, all USY groups come together for an afternoon of competition, cheers, and fun! They do ropes course activities, learn about Israel through games, and bond as a group, each with their own color t-shirt! After a delicious BBQ dinner each group performed a cheer or dance and enjoyed their time together. They came back to Jerusalem tonight before departing for free weekend tomorrow morning.
June 28, 2012
The group spent their first day of touring around the Kinneret, the sea of Galilee. In the morning, they hiked down the Arbel, a fortress from the Second Temple Period. After lunch, they cooled off from the hot day with a swim in the Kinneret at the Blue Beach. In the afternoon, the group rode donkeys, dressed up in biblical garments and learned about the history of Zipori. They headed back to Hannaton for dinner and an activity prepared for them by the staff.
Thursday, August 11th
Today Bus C’s fantastic summer came to a close. The group woke up and did Shacharit together for the last time before saying their tear-filled goodbyes. Bus C then began to head home as some wheelniks headed to the airport or were picked up by parents. The summer was truly an experience of a lifetime and the friendships that were made will last a lifetime. Thank you for reading. We hope to see the wheelniks at USY International Convention in Philadelphia!
Wednesday, August 10th
After a later wake up this morning Bus C davened and ate breakfast and then headed into Philadelphia. Their first stop of the day was at the SHARE Food Bank where they donated what was left of their snacks and food from the summer. Afterwards the wheelniks visited the “Rocky Steps” and raced their way to the top just like the Sylvester Stallone did in the movie. Afterwards, the group had tour of the US mint and saw how coins are made. Next the group headed over to see the liberty bell and had free time in the Independence Hall area. Later on Bus C visited the shops on South Street and then headed to their hotel to prepare for the banquet. In the evening the wheelniks came together for their “end of the summer banquet” where they gave out paper plate awards, got their group t- shirts and picture, and spent time sharing stories and memories from the summer. Later on the wheelniks changed into some more comfortable clothes and watched the group slideshow and hung out together late into the night.
Tuesday, August 9th
Today Bus C spent the morning in the nation’s capitol. In D.C. the group began the day at the Newseum, a fun and interactive museum about the news industry. Afterwards, Bus C visited the monuments and saw the Lincoln, WWII and Korean War Memorials and the Washington Monument. Later, the group boarded the bus for Philadelphia. When they arrived at their hotel, they checked in, unpacked, had their final round of sichot and then broke the fast with a delicious lasagna dinner.
Tuesday, August 9th
Today Bus A left Cleveland for Philadelphia. Before leaving, Bus A stopped by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Inside they saw relics from Rock and Roll’s greats including Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen. On their ride, the wheelniks watched a documentary about Michael Levin, a Camp Ramah and Nativ Alumn who joined the IDF and was killed during the 2006 war in Lebanon. When they arrived, the wheelniks had free time and then broke their fast with a delicious lasagna dinner.
Monday, August 8th
On Monday, Bus C spent the day in DC. In D.C. the group began the day by visiting the National Mall. Later the group explored the Smithsonian museums including the famous Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art and the Natural History Museum. Afterwards, Bus C visited the National Holocaust Museum and took in the powerful exhibits inside. The group then worked on their signing boards and wrote messages to one another for the end of the summer. In the evening they had a kosher Chinese food dinner before beginning the fast of Tisha B’av. Next, they gathered to commemorate the fast day. First, the wheelniks sat in a circle and discussed the significance of this Jewish holiday. Later, each of the wheelniks chanted a passage from the book of Aicha that they had learned over the last week.
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