Summer 2012

July 25, 2012

Today, Bus H woke up to the beauty of the Grand Canyon before they headed out to Las Vegas. Their first stop was at the St. Jude’s Children’s Ranch, a home for abandoned and abused children. There, the group held an ice-cream party and field games, complete with water balloon games. The kids from the center absolutely had a blast! Later, the group headed to Three Square Food Bank, where they helped pack a large amount of meals. Later in the day, the Wheelniks will head to their home hospitality Shul for dinner and cap of their night with a fun visit to the New York, New York arcade!

 

July 25, 2012

Group 8 spent the morning in the Western Galilee; their first stop was at Kibbutz Lavi. They had the opportunity to see how a kibbutz operates and functions. Their next stop was an overlook from the top of the Carmel mountain. This was followed by lunch at 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. They visited the ancient city of Acco and had the chance to explore a crusader fortress. After, they made their way 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 the base to enjoy free time and a Social Action and Tikum Olam program.

July 25, 2012

Group 5 left the north this morning and made their return to Jerusalem to tour the Old City. They began the tour at the Israel museum at the model of the city of Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple period.  They toured through the remains from the Second Temple period and enjoyed some free time and a tasty lunch at the Jewish quarter. The group then walked to Robinson’s arch and the Southern Wall excavations and ended their day with mincha at the Kotel. They returned to base to enjoy dinner and an evening shiur with Rabbi Paul Freedman followed by a gender bonding program.

July 25, 2012

Group 2 left the Negev this morning and stopped at Shvil hasalat (The Salad Trail), where they picked delicious produce , at a farm in the western part of the Negev. Later they made their way back to Jerusalem. In the evening, following dinner, they played drama games which gave the group a chance to reflect on their journey in a fun and active way.

July 24, 2012

Bus H had a wonderful day in the American Southwest! They participated in a sunrise Shaharit/hike with Bus A and saw some of the beautiful sites around the Grand Canyon. After some nap time and a scrumptious picnic lunch, the group watched the entertaining Grand Canyon IMAX film. Later in the day, the group will have some free time to relax from a long day and they will end with a star gazing evening program before curfew.

July 24, 2012

Bus A started off their day today with a beautiful Shaharit while hiking with Bus H. The downpour that came during their davening only enhanced their spiritual energy. Afterward, the group headed to Flagstaff to participate in a volunteer project that involved the group buying books to be donated to needy groups. They donated nearly 200 books! What a Mitzvah! Following this, in the evening, the group will be having a surprise program that will we fill you in on tomorrow so as to not ruin it!

July 24, 2012

Bus C started off their day with a visit to picturesque Slide Rock, where they got to jump in the water and ride down the cool slide.  From there, they headed into New Mexico. When they arrived, the Wheelniks had time to explore the shops and area of Old Town Albuquerque. On the way here, they watched the excellent movie, Freedom Writers. 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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