Summer 2012

July 24, 2012

Bus B started off their day with an inspirational Shaharit service. They shared their own versions of testimonies of faith- moments the Wheelniks really felt God in their own lives. It was an eye-opening experience. Following this, the group headed to the Pioneer Day Parade, which celebrates the Mormons arrival into Utah. Later, they got a tour of the Temple Square. It’s been quite interesting to learn about such a fascinating religion. Afterward, the group will head to the Olympic Park where they will ride a ski lift. To end the day, the group will eat a yummy dinner at the hotel, have the ever exciting Sihot, and check out the local Rodeo…Giddy Up!

July 24, 2012

Group 3 started their final day at to Yad Lekashish, a non-profit based in Jerusalem that provides employment and social services to over 300 elderly artisans. Then they went to shuk Machane Yehuda one final time. They headed back to base to pack and prepare for their final banquet dinner. This evening the group came together to share memories of everything they have done this and accomplished on their incredible journey this past summer. At the end of their night they loaded the buses and headed to the airport. We know that group 3 had an amazing summer and look forward to returning to Israel again soon!

July 24, 2012

The group left Eilat this morning and started their day in the Negev this morning with a visit to Ben Gurion’s home and grave in Sde Boker. They learned about his dream to make the desert bloom. After lunch they headed to an alpaca farm, where over 400 exotic alpacas and llamas are raised and where the entire process of growing and spinning their fur can be observed. Their next stop was an overlook at the Zin canyon followed by a visit to the Bedouin tents. There, they had an amazing time riding on camels and learning about the Bedouin traditions. They got to experience Bedouin food for dinner. In the evening they enjoyed each other’s company around a bonfire.

July 24, 2012

Group 1 started their final day at to Yad Lekashish, a non-profit based in Jerusalem that provides employment and social services to over 300 elderly artisans. They also went to the Kotel and Ben Yehuda street one final time. They headed back to base to pack and prepare for their final banquet dinner. This evening the group came together to share memories of everything they have done this and accomplished on their incredible journey this past summer. At the end of their night they loaded the buses and headed to the airport. We know that group 1 had an amazing summer and look forward to returning to Israel again soon!

 

July 24, 2012

Group 5 started their day at a beautiful overlook of Haifa. Then they went to the Usafia Druze Village where they were hosted to a kosher and delicious Druze meal, which is one of the food highlights of the summer. They learned more about the Druze religion and the unique rules in the small community. Their next stop was the ancient city of Acco. There they had the chance to explore a crusader fortress. From Acco they headed to Rosh Hanikra where they walked through beautiful grottos that were formed by water hitting the rocks for hundreds of years. In the evening, they returned to kibbutz Hannaton and to enjoy free time.

July 24, 2012

Group 8 started their day in Tel Aviv, where their first stop was Independence Hall, where David Ben Gurion declared Israel an independent country. They went to Dialogue in the Dark where they were led by an experienced tour guide who was blind, through darkness. After lunch they went to Kikar Rabin, the site of Yitzchak Rabin’s final hours, as he went to a peace rally and was then assassinated. Then they headed up north to Kibbutz Hannaton where they will have some free time and games in the evening.

July 23, 2012

Bus A had a nice long drive to the Grand Canyon today. On the way, they had informative Sichot in their small groups. Later on, once they get to their sleeping area for the night, the group will participate in the always exciting gender bonding programs. Bus A cannot wait to explore the natural wonders of the Grand Canyon tomorrow!

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