Summer 2011

Sunday, July 31st

Today Group 2 explored “New Jerusalem.” They first went to the Armon Hanatziv promenade which overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem and offers beautiful views in all directions. They then visited the Ammunition Hill, walking through the trenches that were part of a Jordanian bunker that was the center of battle in 1967. This afternoon they visited the Gilad Shalit tent, and had time to do their last minute shopping on Ben Yehuda. They headed back to the Fuchsberg center to pack and prepare for their banquet dinner and final programs. In the evening the group came together to share memories of everything they have done and accomplished on their incredible journey this past summer.

Friday, July 29th

Today, Bus H drove to Billings, Montana. On their travels they stopped to volunteer at a local center for at risk youth. There they played games with the students and helped with some landscaping. Afterwards the group went through their normal pre-shabbat routine and finished preparations for their “Wild Wild West” themed Shabbat. Shabbat Shalom!

Friday, July 29th

Today Bus D drove to Charlotte. On the way the wheelniks began to prepare for their closing banquet. Later, the wheelniks had a tikkun olam program and raised some money for charity. Afterwards the group went through their normal pre-shabbat routine and finished preparations for their “Bus-D-opoly” themed Shabbat. Shabbat Shalom!

Friday, July 29th

Today Bus C drove to Oklahoma City. On the way the group learned about this week’s torah portion. When they got into Oklahoma City, the group visited the Oklahoma City bombing memorial. There they saw the incredible memorial that is dedicated to all those who lost their lives on April 19, 1995, at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Afterwards the group went through their normal pre-shabbat routine and finished preparations for their “Cowboy” themed Shabbat. Shabbat Shalom!

Friday, July 29th

Today Bus A spent the day in Salt Lake City. In the morning they toured the Salt Lake Olympic Oval and learned about the winter games that were held in the city. The wheelniks had a tour of the practice facility and the museum and had a chance to take a chairlift up one of the mountains. Next, Bus A visited the Mormon temple and learned about the Mormon faith. Afterwards the group went through their normal pre-shabbat routine and finished preparations for Shabbat. Shabbat Shalom!

Thursday, July 28th

Today Bus C 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 C 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.

Thursday, July 28th

This morning Bus H woke up and davened shacharit at a beautiful lookout point in Yellowstone park. The group was joined by USY Director Jules Gutin, who taught the group about a portion of their davening. Next, the group went on a hike through the park which took them past waterfalls and geysers. Later, the wheelniks volunteered with the park service, cleaning up a spot that had been damaged by unusually heavy snowfall this past winter. Afterwards, Bus H then continued on to Old Faithful, which was true to its name and erupted to the wheelnik’s delight. At the geyser the wheelniks held sichot, where they broke into smaller groups and had discussions on various topics with their staff. The group then ate dinner and went to bed.

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