Summer 2011

Wednesday, July 27th

This morning the group volunteered at Hill 16- an outpost overlooking the road to Jerusalem which was developed by USY & Nativ students over the years. There they helped cut all the pine tree branches that blocked the way and cleaned up the area. They ate lunch under the trees, played the guitar and sang songs together.  The group then headed to Misilat Tzion where they cooled off from the hot day with a swim at the pool. After dinner they watched a movie and then went out on a short hike in Nes Harim.

Wednesday, July 27th

The group started their day at Yad Lekashish, a non-profit based in Jerusalem that provides employment and social services to over 300 elderly artisans. They then headed to Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Holocaust Museum where they had a very moving tour. The group then visited Mount Herzl. This mountain serves not only the Israel Defense Forces’ official military cemetery but also as the burial site for prominent Zionists, Israeli politicians and those figures who greatly influenced the development of the state. They stopped at the graves of Herzl, Yoni Netanyahu and Michael Levin among others. They then planted trees in Yaar Aminadav and each USYer dedicated their tree to someone special in their lives. Group 2 later headed back to Jerusalem and after dinner they attended a session with Rabbi Paul Freedman.

Tuesday, July 26th

Today Mission Mitzvah began the drive to Boise, Idaho. During Shacharit they learned about the 13th blessing in the amidah. On the ride the group played some color war games including a singing competition and a team game where they had to name as many songs as possible with the word friend in the lyrics. When they arrived the wheelniks ate dinner and then went out to the movies to see the new Harry Potter film. Later, they returned to their hotel and had a color war pineapple eating contest.

Tuesday, July 26th

Today Bus G’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 G then began to head home as all of the wheelniks boarded flights at the airport. The summer was truly an experience of a lifetime and the friendships that were made will last for years to come. Thank you for reading. We hope to see the wheelniks at USY International Convention in Philadelphia!

Tuesday, July 26th

Today Bus E’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 E 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 for years to come. Thank you for reading. We hope to see the wheelniks at USY events throughout the year!

Tuesday, July 26th

This morning Bus D woke up, davened and then headed into the city. Early in the day they volunteered at a local food bank. Next, the group got a tour of the lower ninth ward which was severely affected by the storm and is still very damaged. Afterwards, Bus D visited Mardi Gras World. There they leaned all about the festival, saw many of the floats and costumes used in the past, and learned about how the floats are assembled. Later on the wheelniks explored French Quarter. Before leaving the French Quarter, Bus D filled up on delicious beignets at Café Du Monde. In the evening they went back to their hotel for dinner and free time.

Tuesday, July 26th

Today Bus C woke up very early and headed to the edge of the Grand Canyon to daven Shacharit as the sun rose over the stunningly beautiful canyon. Following Shacharit the wheelniks ate breakfast and then put on their hiking boots and trekked down into the canyon for a morning hike. The group then had some free time to rest from the hike and the early wake up. Later on the wheelniks visited the lodge and did sichot. In the evening Bus A had dinner and then had a group bonding activity.

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