Summer 2011

Wednesday, June 29th

This morning Bus A began the day with shacharit and discussed the significance of the Mah Tovu prayer. The group’s first stop was at the Gettysburg Civil War museum where they learned about the war and saw a wax-figure reenactment. The wheelniks then ate lunch in a park and continued on to Baltimore. At the harbor, the wheelniks had plenty of time to check out the shops and pick up some souvenirs. The group then visited a local synagogue where they had a program about Yemenite Jewery. Bus A ate some delicious Yemenite food, talked about the Yemenite jewish community and learned some traditional Yemenite dances.

Wednesday, June 29th

The group landed safely in Berlin, met their Israeli staff, Shlomo, their tour guide and Jules Gutin, the director of USY, who will be joining the group for Berlin and Prague. Their first stop was the Reichstag and New Government Quarter. They walked through the famous Brandenburg gate. The group also had an opportunity to take photos at checkpoint Charlie. They then walked along the remains of the Berlin wall and topography of terror exhibit. After a long day of touring, Group 8 checked into the hotel and had time to settle into their rooms. Later, Group 8 went out for some free time in the city of Berlin and out to restaurant for dinner. The group is very excited to start their amazing summer.

 

Wednesday, June 29th

After landing safely on time in Milan, Group 7 met their Israeli madricha, Ayelet, and Yisrael, their tour guide. The group began their trip by driving to Venice. On the way, they stopped for lunch. They arrived in Venice and took a boat through the central canal to San Marko plaza. They walked through the beautiful allies of Venice looking at the unique architecture of the buildings. They then ate dinner at the kosher restaurant GamGam. They walked back to the bus and headed to the hotel in Marghera for an orientation and a good night sleep.

 

Wednesday, June 29th

The group left Warsaw this morning and drove to Lublin, which was once home to a thriving Jewish community. They visited Yeshivat Chochmei Lublin, which was recently renovated. They davend shacharit and learned in havruta groups, studying rabbinic texts, much like students of the yeshiva did at the beginning of the twentieth century. It was in this yeshiva where Rabbi Shapira invented the system of learning a page of Talmud a day, Daf Yomi, a system still used today. The group played some ice- breaker games to get to know more about each other.  Group 6 then headed to Majdanek Concentration Camp, just outside the city of Lublin. One of the most interesting and shocking parts of the camp is that much of it is still intact, thereby giving the group a full image of what it looked like when it was operational. The group was extremely moved. They spent some time reflecting and then led a memorial ceremony were they sang Hatikva and held up the Israeli flags with a lot of pride. The group headed back to the hotel for a quiet evening, dinner, subgroups and free time after a long and emotional day.

 

Wednesday, June 29th

Today the group departed for the Archaeological Dig Seminar where they dug to try find artifacts from the Second Temple period. They crawled through Bar Kochba’s secret caves, which were used to plan the Bar Kochba Revolt against the Roman Empire in 135 CE. They had lunch at Kibbutz Beit Guvrin and spent time at the swimming pool! Group 4 then headed back to Jerusalem, had dinner and then went out for an activity at a nearby park.

Wednesday, June 29th

The group arrived safely in Israel and drove up to Jerusalem. Their first stop was at the Promenade overlooking Jerusalem. There they had a welcoming ceremony and said shehechianu. They headed to the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism, their home for the next few days. They ate dinner, settled into their rooms and had an orientation for the summer ahead.  The group is very excited to be embarking on this summer experience.

 

Wednesday, June 29th

The group arrived safely in Israel. After meeting their staff, the group headed up north. Group 1’s first stop was at Beit She’arim, the location of the Sanhedrin (religious high court) during the Roman times. They held a welcoming ceremony and said Shecheyanu. Later they arrived at Kibbutz Hanaton, the Conservative kibbutz in the north of Israel, which will also be their base for the next few days. There they had dinner and an orientation for the exciting summer ahead.

 

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