Summer 2011

Thursday, August 4th

This morning Bus A drove to St. Louis. When they arrived they stopped at the City Museum, a museum where the guests climb and crawl through the exhibits. Their next stop was at the famous Gateway Arch as they traveled to the top of the arch for some unique views of the city. The group then enjoyed frozen custard at Ted Drews frozen custard shop. In the evening they had dinner at a local synagogue and were hosted to a mini carnival!

Thursday, August 4th

Today the group volunteered at Leket Yisrael (an organization that donates food to families and food banks around Israel) where they harvested potatoes to be donated. Next on the schedule was the Latrun tank museum where they enjoyed learning about and climbing on some of the tanks used in the past by the IDF. The group also visited the memorial for the fallen soldiers of the armored corps unit. On the way back to Jerusalem the group stopped at the Harel mall in Mevaseret Tzion, famous for its kosher McDonalds. Upon returning to base they had a presentation with Yossi Garr – the Director of Nativ, USY’s college leadership program in Israel. After dinner they played drama games, which gave them a chance to reflect on their journey this summer in a fun and active way.

Wednesday, August 3rd

After a later wake up this morning Bus D 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. Next the group headed over to see the liberty bell and had free time in the Independence Hall area. Later on Bus D 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.

Wednesday, August 3rd

This morning Bus H learned about the sim shalom during their davening with the local congregation. The group then went to volunteer with the Interfaith Youth Leadership Coalition and went to a camp where they helped teach about gardening and healthy eating. The group also had a discussion about community service as a way of bringing together people of different faiths. Afterwards, the group toured the warehouse and facility of an organization called Nechama, the only Jewish disaster relief organization in the world. Next they visited the largest mall in the United States, the Mall of America, where they went shopping and enjoyed the entertainment available inside. The wheelniks then had free time and dinner. Bus H finished the day with an interactive comedy show which was performed for them at the synagogue.

Wednesday, August 3rd

Today, Bus C spent time in Atlanta. The wheelniks’ first stop was a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Museum and gravesite where they learned about the legacy of this great American and discussed the impact of the civil rights movement. Later, the group went to Dialogue in the Dark, an exhibition which takes participants through everyday situations completely in the dark so as to recreate the experience of the visually impaired. The group then had free time in the area and returned to their host synagogue for sichot and dinner. In the evening, the wheelniks met up with USYers from the local chapter and went bowling with them.

Wednesday, August 3rd

Today Bus A boarded the bus to Kansas. When they arrived they went to the College Basketball Experience. There, they toured the museum and hall of fame and learned all about college hoops. Later, the group checked into their hotel, had dinner and davened ma’ariv on the rooftop. The group then went out to play a game of whirlyball. Whirlyball, a Wheels favorite, is a game that combines bumper cars, lacrosse, and basketball. The game was an awesome end to a great day.

Wednesday, August 3rd

This morning the group woke up super early and climbed to the top of Masada to watch a beautiful sunrise and daven Shacharit at the remains of one of the world’s most ancient synagogues- 2000 years old. They had a tour of the fortress guided by their counselors, then walked down the snake path. Next was one of the most beautiful sites in Israel, the Ein Gedi springs. They hiked through Nachal David and ended at a gorgeous waterfall. The group continued to the lowest spot on earth, the Dead Sea, where they enjoyed floating in the water and putting on the famous Dead Sea mud. Next they stopped at the AHAVA factory for some shopping and returned to Jerusalem to their home base at the Fuchsberg center. They will be staying there until their departure Sunday night. Tonight they enjoyed an I.D.F program prepared by their Israeli staff.

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