Summer 2011

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.

Monday, August 8th

On Monday, Bus A drove to Cleveland. On the ride the group watched a movie and continued preparations for their final days. When they arrived, they had dinner before the start of 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.

Sunday, August 7th

After a fantastic Shabbat Bus A began their final week together. Today, Bus A visited the Ark food pantry where they donated some of their extra snacks and food which will later be given to the hungry throughout Chicago. Afterwards the group had free time at Navy Pier, checked out the area and its shops, and to hung out on Lake Michigan. Next, Bus A visited the Museum of Science and Industry and viewed the many interactive exhibits. Finally, the group finished the day at their host synagogue with the Bus A talent show!

Monday, August 8th

Today Mission Mitzvah’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 H 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!

Sunday, August 7th

After a fantastic Shabbat with a beautiful havdallah service and a fun Saturday evening activity, Bus H began their final week together. Today, Bus H visited the Ark food pantry where they donated the remainder of their snacks and food which will later be given to the hungry throughout Chicago. Afterwards the group had free time at Navy Pier, checked out the area and its shops, and to hung out on Lake Michigan. In the evening they had their group banquet, got their group t-shirts, gave out awards and wrote letters to all their fellow bus mates. The group then stayed up late to hang out with one another on their final evening together.

Sunday, August 7th

After a great final Shabbat, Bus C drove from North Carolina to Washington DC. On the ride the wheelniks watched the movie Mean Girls. When they got to DC they went to see the White House and viewed it from both the north and south lawns. The wheelniks then stopped at a local synagogue for a pizza dinner and free time. Later, they played a game of basketball and then went to their host homes for the evening.

Sunday, August 7th

After a wonderful Shabbat together, filled with joy and ruach, 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 planted trees in Yaar Aminadav and each USYer dedicated their tree to someone special in their lives. This afternoon they visited the Gilad Shalit tent, and then had time to do their last minute shopping on Ben Yehuda. They headed back to the Fuchsberg center to pack and prepare for their final banquet dinner. This evening the group came together to share memories of everything they have done and accomplished on their incredible journey this past summer. They then loaded the bus and left for the airport. We know that Group 8 had an amazing summer and we look forward to seeing them in Israel again soon!

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