Summer 2012

July 26, 2012

Bus H had a great West Coast day! They began with an inspirational Shaharit at their host Shul in San Diego. From there, the group headed to the San Diego Zoo, one of the top-rated zoos in  the country to see some furry friends. After this, the group will participate in the exciting, “are you smarter than a Usyer?” program. To end their day, the group will work on Tefillah goals/Eicha readings in preparation for Tisha B’av.

July 26, 2012

Group 2 started their morning at Tel Maresha for an awesome archeological dig! They also engaged in an interesting dialogue about Israel’s history. Then they went spelunking, which is the exploration of caves, in ancient tunnels. They arrived at Kibbutz Beit Guvrin, ate lunch and went swimming. After, they made their way back to base for dinner and free time.

July 26, 2012

The group spent their day learning about Mitzvah and Tikun Olam work with mitzvah hero, Danny Siegel. They began their day at CLICK and enjoyed doing arts and crafts projects with the elderly. After lunch back at the base, they heard from a speaker who started a tikun olam project for Israelis traveling to India. In the evening, after dinner, they got to hear from Neil Lazarus, who talked to everyone about the current Arab-Israeli conflict followed by some free time.

July 26, 2012

Group 8 started their day with an overlook of Lebanon in Metulla. There, they got to discuss the borders of Lebanon and what occurred during the Lebanon war. Then they had a pleasant and fun hike in the Banias, which was full of greenery and waterfalls. They ate a delicious pizza lunch and had a blast kayaking in the Jordan River! Then they went shopping at the famous Naot factory at Kibbutz Naot Mordechai where they had fun trying on and purchasing sandals. In the evening they had the opportunity to shop, eat and walk around in Tveria.

July 25, 2012

Bus B started off their day with Shaharit k’yaheed, an individual Shaharit service where the Wheelniks had a chance to pray in a beautiful area right on the lakefront outside their hotel. After services, they headed out to the Idaho Potato Museum, where they learned all about Idaho’s greatest export. Following this, Bus B went to Yellowstone Bear World, a drive-thru wild life park to learn about all different types of bears. Later, the group will drive to Yellowstone National Park and enjoy the outdoors for the evening. They will finish with gender bonding programs later!

July 25, 2012

Today Bus C started their day with Shaharit Charades in an attempt to learn about the various prayers they say daily, in a unique way.  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.

July 25, 2012

Bus A had a great Yom Superhero today! Each Wheelnik and staff member channeled their favorite superhero or villain using costume and persona and everyone had a really entertaining time! They then headed off to New Mexico after starting their day in costume. When they arrived, the Wheelniks had time to explore the shops and area of Old Town Albuquerque. The group will later go to a local synagogue for Minha, Sihot and dinner. In the evening they will head to the Hinkle Family Fun Center where they will ride go-carts and bumper cars and play mini golf and arcade games.

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