Summer 2012

July 31, 2012

Group 5 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 planted trees in the JNF forest. Each USYer dedicated their tree to someone special in their lives. They headed back to base to hear about the amazing opportunities available to everyone during their gap year with USY’s Nativ year long program. They also went to shuk Machane Yehuda and Ben Yehuda street one final time before packing and preparing 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 will load the bus and head to the airport. We know that group 5 had an amazing summer and look forward to returning to Israel again soon!

July 30, 2012

Bus A had a great day in Memphis! They began their day with a rockin’ tour of the Gibson Guitar Center and saw their amazing instruments. From there, they saw Memphis staple, Pink’s Palace Museum, where they saw some cool technological and science exhibits! They capped off their visit with a trip to the Born to be Wild Imax. Later, after dinner at their host synagogue, the group will have an Israeli dancing program to get some energy out before they begin their last full week of the program.

July 30, 2012

Today Bus H got up early for what is one of the most fun days on Wheels: Disney Day! Before they got to the park, they donned their “positive attributes” shirts, which they made yesterday in a fun and informative program! Bus H had a fantastic day with Mickey and Co. as they rode the rides and experienced all the fun at this fantastic park. In the evening, the group will have a chance to see the beautiful Disney fireworks display.

July 30, 2012

Bus C started off their week with a rousing Shaharit at their host Shul, Congregation Or Ami.  There, they read from the only Torah that has successfully been to outer space; It was a very cool experience! Later, they drove to New Orleans and visited Mardi Gras World, a space devoted to all things New Orleans! Bus C cannot wait to explore the Crescent City over the next couple days.

July 30, 2012

This morning Bus B began the ride to Sioux Falls. The group’s first stop was at wheels favorite, Wall Drug. Wall Drug is a local drug store famous for providing any and all visitors with free ice water. the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. . Later, Bus B visited the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. The Corn Palace is an old High School gym that has been converted into a museum and a store where one can buy tons of products and souvenirs made with corn. In between these two stops, the group got some great shots of the Badlands, one of the amazing sites of the Midwest! The group cannot believe they are crossing back into the Central time zone, as they make their way back East!

July 30, 2012

Group 5 started their day at Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Then they went to the Herzl museum, located on Mount Herzl. They learned about Herzl and his dreams. They walked around Mount Herzl, which serves not only as the Israel Defense Forces’ official military cemetery but also as the burial site for prominent Zionists, Israeli politicians and figures who have greatly influenced the development of the state. They stopped at the graves of Herzl, Yoni Netanyahu and Michael Levin. After returning to base in the evening they played some drama games which gave the group a chance to reflect on their journey in a fun and active way, followed by a talent show.

July 30, 2012

The group headed to the Golan Heights this morning where they had a wonderful water hike at the Majrase. After, they went to Kibbutz El Rom to visit the “Oz 77” monument on the very battlefield where tanks clashed in 1973. There they saw a short film about the heroic Oz 77 Tank Brigade which fought against overwhelming odds to successfully defend the Golan during the Yom Kippur War. The group headed to a Har Bental – a mountain overlooking Syria and then they went to Mitzpe Gadot and had an opportunity to view the beautiful valley. In the evening they returned to base to have a nice BBQ and a pool party.

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