Summer 2012

July 16, 2012

Bus E had a wonderful day in the South today! They started off with a lively Tefillah goals workshop in the morning, where each Wheelniks worked on his/her goal for the summer. Following this, they learned all about the beginning of the Civil War at the Fort Sumter Museum, which was then followed by another trip to the South Carolina Museum! All in all, it was quite the exciting start to another week on Wheels East!

July 16, 2012

Bus H had a full day today that began at the Route 66 Museum, where they toured and saw some classic exhibits of Americana. Then, because they had some extra time in their day, the Wheelniks had a competitive scavenger hunt at a Wal-Mart, which the bus loved! Later in the day, the group stopped to do some amazing Jeep Tours at Elkins’ Ranch where they toured the beautiful Palo Duro Canyon. Whenever a group was not participating in the jeep tours, they participated in an informative siha. To cap their already fun day, the Wheelniks got to select a movie of their choice at a local movie theater…what a fun day it was!

July 16, 2012

Today the group had an exciting and fun day in Eilat! They were able to go snorkeling and observe the sea landscape in the Red Sea (which is in fact blue). Then they went to the underwater observatory in the aquarium where they saw sharks, tortoises and an assortment of fish. They had a delicious lunch in the Hallelujah restaurant followed by a little time to relax. After, they participated in a bonding program about Jewish heroes; they shared who they look up to and who they were heroes to. It was a very moving activity. In the evening they went on an awesome disco boat ride with groups 1 and 5 around Eilat!

July 16, 2012

Today the group had an exciting and fun day in Eilat! They were able to go snorkeling and observe the sea landscape in the Red Sea (which is in fact blue). Then they went to the underwater observatory in the aquarium where they saw sharks, tortoises and an assortment of fish. They had a delicious lunch in the Hallelujah restaurant with group 8, followed by a little time to relax. After, they had a giant birthday celebration for all the summer birthdays filled with games, food and fun. In the evening they went on an awesome disco boat ride with groups 1 and 8 around Eilat!

July 16, 2012

Group 4 headed to the Olympic museum this morning where they were joined by an Israeli professional basketball player, Carmel Bouchman. He spoke to the group about being both Jewish and an athlete. Then they went to Dialogue in the Dark; they were led by an experienced tour guide who was blind, through darkness. Their next stop was base where they rested for a bit and went to the supermarket. After dinner they were joined by Neil Lazarus who talked to everyone about the Arab-Israeli conflict.

July 16, 2012

Group 3 started their day with a volunteer project in Kiryat Shmona; they built benches for communal gardens in deprived neighborhood. After, they went to Kibbutz Neot Mordechai where they had the opportunity to try on and purchase sandals at the famous Naot factory. Then they had an awesome time kayaking in the Jordan River! In the evening the group had an “army night” where they learned about the tactics of the Israel Defense Forces.

July 16, 2012

The group spent their day learning about Mitzvah and Tikun Olam work with Danny Siegel. In the morning they went to Kiryat Ono and visited an organization that supports girlfriends of soldiers who were killed. Then they had lunch and talked about other “mitzvah heroes” as well as volunteer opportunities in their home communities. In the afternoon they talked to someone in charge of an organization that helps righteous gentiles. Then they watched the movie about Michael Levin, a lone Israeli soldier who emigrated from the United States and was killed in combat in 2006. In the evening the group ate dinner and went out for a fun evening on Ben Yehuda street.

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