Summer 2011

Friday, July 29th

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 returned to Kibbutz and had time to prepare and to look their best for Kabbalat Shabbat. They are excited to have a day for rest and relaxation. Shabbat Shalom!

Friday, July 29th

Group 7 spent the day at the beach in Ashdod, relaxing, swimming and enjoying the nice breeze. On the way back to Jerusalem they stopped at the Harel Mall in Mevaseret Tzion that is famous for its kosher “McDonalds” and where many of the USYers feasted on their lunch. When they got back to the Fuchsberg center, they had time to prepare for their final Shabbat in Israel which will be spent together with groups 2, 3, and 6.

Friday, July 29th

Today the group split up into groups and walked around Jerusalem. They walked to the Jewish Quarter in the Old City and headed for a final visit at the Kotel, the Western Wall. On the walk back they went through the Mamila mall for some last minute shopping and then off to Ben Yehuda St. and Mahane Yehuda, the open market, to buy goodies for Shabbat. When they got back to the Fuchsberg center, they had time to prepare for their final Shabbat in Israel which will be spent together with groups 2, 3, and 7.

Friday, July 29th

Today was the day group 3 explored “New Jerusalem.” The group visited the promenade and Ramat Rachel and spoke about borders before and after the ’67 war. At ammunition Hill the group heard about the fierce battle that took place during the six-day war and then headed to Mount Herzl. This mountain serves not only as the Israel Defense Forces’ official military cemetery but also as the burial site for prominent Zionists, Israeli politicians and those figures that greatly influenced the development of the state. They stopped at the graves of Herzl, Yitchak Rabin and Michael Levin among others. When they got back to the Fuchsberg center, they had time to prepare for their final Shabbat in Israel which will be spent together with groups 2, 6 and 7.

Friday, July 29th

This morning the group went to the Latrun tank museum and enjoyed seeing and climbing on some of the tanks used in Israel’s wars. The group also visited the memorial for the fallen soldiers of the armored corps unit. They then headed back to Jerusalem and stopped at Mahane Yehuda, an open market, to buy goodies for Shabbat. When they got back to the Fuchsberg center, they had time to prepare for their final Shabbat in Israel which will be spent together with groups 3, 6 and 7.

Thursday, July 28th

Today Bus D spent their day exploring Atlanta. The group began their day of touring at the CNN Center where they learned about the media and watched the news being broadcast live. Next, Bus D visited the World of Coca Cola where they discovered how the beverage is made and got the chance to taste various flavors and Coca Cola products from around the world. Bus D then 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. Then it was off to Stone Mountain to see a laser lights show!

Thursday, July 28th

This morning Bus A arrived in Salt Lake City at the completion of their overnight drive. In the morning the wheelniks had some free time to rest after the long drive. They then headed over to Raging Waters Water Park where they spent most of the day cooling off in the lazy river and having fun going down the water slides. Tonight they returned to their hotel for dinner and an early bed time.

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