Summer 2013

July 10, 2013

Bus C woke up refreshed and ready for an awesome day! Their morning consisted of a creative shacharit where illustrated and explained different blessings. Then, the group hit the road and went to to OMSI, The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, which is a science and technology museum. After that, the group stopped at Crater Lake, one of the most beautiful places in the world, and drove around to see many different extraordinary views. In the evening, the group got to sit back, relax, and enjoy story time all together.

July 9, 2013

Bus C is officially headed for Portland! Their days began with shacharit and continuing their learning of the Amidah prayer. After eating breakfast and making lunches, the group was off for a tour of Underground Seattle. It’s a guided walking tour beneath the city’s sidewalks and streets.. awesome! Then, their first stop in Portland was to see the Alpacas of Oregon. It’s one of the coolest experiences to be up close and personal with one of the cutest and most gentile creatures. Their camera rolls were definitely full after that! In the evening, the group went to Powell’s Bookstore, the famous house of books that has something for everyone.

July 11, 2013

Today, all six USY Israel Pilgrimage groups gathered together for their annual event called HaEvent. It was inspiring to see hundreds of USYers cheering and competing. Each group proudly wore a USY t-shirt in a different  color. It was the first opportunity for all six groups to be together this summer. As USYers mingled with their friends from other groups, they did not have to look far to realize that their individual experiences this summer are a part of something much bigger than themselves. All of the spectators were amazed at each group’s creativity during the final competition that took place in the amphitheater in Mitzpe Modi’in. The enthusiasm was contagious as each group performed their original song and cheer. When the competition concluded, all of the groups sang Hatikva and gathered to sing and dance together as the USY Pilgrimage community. Before the USY event, we held for the SECOND time ever a gathering of all USY pilgrimage and Ramah seminar participants. There were over 600 kids and staff gathered at the JNF Park Canada. The program consisted of a study session, music and dancing. It was a great success!!

July 10, 2013

This morning the group headed to the City of David to learn more about the First Temple period. Their highlight was walking through Hezekaya’s Tunnel, a water aqueduct that brought water to the city during the time of King Hezekayah (700 BCE). They had a wonderful time walking through the water! They then spent some time at the Kotel before  heading to  the Jewish Quarter for a tour. The group then returned to the Fuchsber Center where they had their final practice for Ha’event, followed by a shiur with Rabbi Paul Friedman. They all had a wonderful first day in Israel and are all excited for Ha’event tomorrow.

 

July 10, 2013

The group left Eilat this morning and headed to Kibbutz Ketura. Once there, they got the opportunity to learn what it means to be on a kibbutz, took a tour of the area, learned about the various industries and initiatives that were formed on the kibbutz and more! They participated in a fun activity on the Kibbutz before having a pleasant swim in the pool. The group then headed to the Fuchsberg Center where they were given a lecture on Israeli current affairs by Neil Lazaraus. The group spent some time practicing for Ha’event and then  had a fun separate boy/girl evening activity.

July 10, 2013

The group began their morning in Akko and went on a tour of the Old Prison Museum. They then headed to Haifa and went to an overlook in the Baha’i Gardens, where they saw a beautiful view of Haifa. This was followed by lunch at the Usafia Druze Village, where they were hosted to a kosher and delicious Druze meal and one of the food highlights of the summer. They learned more about the Druze religion and the unique rules in the small community. They also enjoyed a unique experience walking through the Druze shuk. Afterwards, the group returned to Hannaton for their final preparations for Ha’event and had an early bedtime before the big day tomorrow!!

 

July 10, 2013

The group traveled this morning to  Tel Aviv. Once they arrived there,  they visited  Kikar Rabin, the site of Yitzchak Rabin’s final hours as he went to a peace rally and was then assassinated. The group took advantage of their free time there and practiced for Ha’event which is taking place tomorrow! From there, they headed to the Olympic Museum, where they learned about the Olympic Games and the Israeli’s participation in them over the years.They continued to Jaffa, where they spent some time touring and visiting the Jaffa flea market. The group headed to their hostel in Jaffa and had their final Ha’event practice before the big day!!

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