Summer 2013

July 17, 2013

Happy Wednesday from Bus H! This morning, the group continued their learning of the Amidah brachot and then ate breakfast, made lunches, loaded the bus, and hit the road! The destination today was to an organization called Search. Their goal is to support the homeless in Houston. The employees spoke to our Wheelniks about homelessness, techniques to help raise money, and the effect that donations such as extra toiletries has on these people. The group was so inspired, they each made bagged lunches to give to the homeless. This was definitely an unforgettable experience for everyone. Later on, Bus H was headed to Splash Town Water Park to have some fun! The fun didn’t stop there though; next stop was ice skating at the Galleria Mall. Then, the group went back to their host shul for an amazing dinner and sichot session. What an awesome day for the group!

July 17, 2013

Bus B’s day was spent at the number one happiest place on earth: Disney Land!! They loved going on all of the rollercoasters, meeting the awesome Disney characters, seeing friends from other buses, and hanging out at the castle!

July 17, 2013

Bus E’s day was spent at the number one happiest place on earth: Disney World!! They went to Magic Kingdom and hung out at Wizardly World of Harry Potter. Later, they ate dinner at Downtown Disney and went to sleep after a day of pure happiness.

July 18, 2013

The group began their morning with a pleasant hike down Mt. Arbel followed by a memorable meal at Blue Beach Restaurant. They then enjoyed a refreshing swim in the beautiful Kinneret before heading to the mystical city of Tsfat. Among the many people who came from Tzfat are the prominent Kabbalists, Isaac Luria and Moshe Kordovero. Besides the Kabbalists, Tzfat also attracted numerous Jewish scholars and spiritualists, including Joseph Caro, the author of the Shulchan Aruch and Shlomo Halevi Alkabetz, composer of the Shabbat hymn Lecha Dodi. The group had a tour of the city, the synagogues, and then enjoyed some free time to walk around. Later on, they were given a tour of the wonderful candle factory in Tzfat. In the evening they made went to Kibbutz Hannaton, for a wonderful BBQ & swim which was shared with Groups 1 and 5.

July 18, 2013

The group began their morning with a pleasant hike down Mt. Arbel followed by a memorable meal at Blue Beach Restaurant. They then enjoyed a refreshing swim in the beautiful Kinneret before heading to  Kfar Kedem for some fun donkey-riding. In the evening they went to Kibbutz Hannaton, for a fantastic BBQ and swim shared  with Groups 1 and 6.

 

July 18, 2013

The group began their morning at Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. They then visited 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 and heard personal stories form the Israeli staff themselves. This was a very interesting yet emotional experience for the USYers. They then spent some time in Independence Park, eating and relaxing before heading back to the Fuchsberg Center to prepare for their exciting evening ahead. Tonight is the opening ceremony of the Maccabbia Games at the Tedi stadium with 30,000 spectators the prime minister and the president of Israel!

July 18,2013

The group spent a wonderful morning tree-planting with JNF. Each one of the Wheelniks got to plant a tree in honor or  in memory of anyone they wished. They then went to Beit Herzl and learned about the history of the land and also of JNF over time. The group made their way to the southern city of Arad for some free time before heading to the Bedouin tents for some Bedouin hospitality,. It is definitely an unforgettable experience filled with delicious food, learning about the Bedouin culture and community, camel-riding, and a fun bonfire. They had an early bed-time as they will be having a busy day tomorrow!

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