Summer 2011

July 23, 2013

The group started their final day at Yad Lekashish, a non-profit based in Jerusalem that provides employment and social services to over 300 elderly artisans. Then, they went for a final and emotional visit at the Kotel. From there, they went  to Machane Yehuda open market to buy last minute goodies. They headed back to base to pack and prepare for their final banquet dinner. This evening, they shared memories of everything they have done and accomplished on their incredible journey this summer. At the end of their night, they loaded the buses and headed to the airport. It was a sad goodbye but we know that Group 3 had a fantastic summer and we look forward to them returning to Israel soon!

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.

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