Summer 2011

Friday, July 22nd

Today Bus A made their way to San Francisco. On the ride the group began preparing for their Israel themed Shabbat. After they finished getting things ready, the wheelniks watched a movie. When they arrived they went through their normal Shabbat routine including shopping and some free time to get ready. Bus A will be joined for Shabbat by two special guests, Matt Halpern from the USY Central office and Sharon Rappaport, a local youth director. Bus A is excited to be coming together for Shabbat and is excited to spend some quality time with their fellow bus-mates after a long week in L.A. with the other buses. Shabbat Shalom!

Thursday, July 21st

Today Bus D made their way to Amarillo, Texas. On the way to their destination the group stopped at the Cadillac Ranch, a stop on the side of the road with old Cadillac cars jutting up from the ground which people who pass by frequently sign or spray-paint. After adding their names and some of their own designs the group continued on to their destination. When they arrived, Bus D visited Elkins Ranch in the Palo Duro canyon, America’s second largest canyon. While in the canyon the group took a Jeep tour, a truly amazing experience! In the evening the wheelniks saw a performance of the Texas Legacy show which included fireworks, horses and cowboys and told the history of the Lone Star State.

Friday, July 22nd

Today, the group learned about “New Jerusalem,” which basically traces the line that was Israel’s border with Jordan before 1967. They first went to the Ramat Rachel promenade. They visited Ammunition Hill, walking through the trenches that used to be part of a Jordanian bunker that was the center of battle in 1967. They then went to Shuk Mahane Yehuda to buy goodies for Shabbat and headed back to their home in Jerusalem, the Fuchsberg center, to prepare things for Shabbat. They will be spending Shabbat with groups 1, 4 and 6. Tomorrow they will spend the day resting, learning Pirkei Avot, and hanging out. Shabbat Shalom!

Friday, July 22nd

Today the group spent their morning in the mystical city of Tzfat. Among the many people who came from Tzfat are the prominent kabbalists, Isaac Luria and Moshe Kordovero. Besides the kabbalists, Tzfat also attracted numerous other Jewish scholars and spiritualists, including Joseph Caro, the author of the Shulchan Aruch and Shlomo Halevi Alkabetz, composer of the shabbat hymn Lecha Dodi. The group had a tour of the city, synagogues, and had an opportunity to go shopping at the famous candle factory. They then returned to Kibbutz to prepare for Shabbat. The group will be spending Shabbat with group 2. They are excited to have a day for rest and relaxation. Shabbat Shalom!

Friday, July 22nd

Today, the group learned about “New Jerusalem,” which basically traces the line that was Israel’s border with Jordan before 1967. They first went to the Ramat Rachel promenade. They visited Ammunition Hill, walking through the trenches that used to be part of a Jordanian bunker that was the center of battle in 1967. They then stopped at Shuk Mahane Yehuda (open market) to buy goodies for Shabbat and headed back to their home in Jerusalem, the Fuchsberg center, to prepare things for Shabbat. They will be spending Shabbat with groups 1, 4 and 8. Tomorrow they will spend the day in Tfilot, resting, learning Pirkei Avot, and hanging out. Shabbat Shalom!

Friday, July 22nd

The group walked to the Jewish Quarter in the Old City. They ended up at the Kotel, the Western Wall. After lunch the group continued to Ben Yehuda and to Mahane Yehuda open market to buy goodies for Shabbat. They then headed back to the Fuchsberg center to prepare things for their final Shabbat together. They will be spending Shabbat with groups 1, 6 and 8. Tomorrow they will spend their last Shabbat resting, learning Pirkei Avot, and hanging out. Motzai Shabbat they will have their final banquette before leaving to the airport. Shabbat Shalom!

Friday, July 22nd

This morning the group drove down south. Their first stop was the Ein Gedi springs, where they had a nice hike to waterfalls. After lunch they headed to the Dead Sea where they had time to swim and float. They then drove to the youth hostel at Masada, where they will be spending Shabbat. They prepared decorations, learned new songs in preparation for Shabbat. They are excited to have a day for rest and relaxation. Tomorrow they will spend the day resting, learning Pirkei Avot, enjoying group activities and hanging out at the swimming pool.  Shabbat Shalom!

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