Summer 2013

July 28, 2013

Bus A was off to Arkansas today! In the morning, they davened shacharit and learned more of the blessings of the Amidah. Then, after their fun filled drive, the group went to Central High School which is where forced school desegregation happened during the American Civil Rights Movement. After that, the Wheelniks toured the Clinton Presidential Library. Later in the evening, after a delicious dinner, the group had different evening program options. They went swimming, had a workout session, learned ruach songs, or played board games. It was definitely a great day and night for the group.

July 26, 2013

Today, the group headed to Oklahoma City and toured the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. The museum tells the story of the events that occurred as a result of the OKC bombing in 1995. It was a very meaningful experience for the Wheelniks. Then in the evening, the group went Shabbat shopping,  settled into their hotels, learned a Shabbat song, and welcomed Shabbat together. Shabbat Shalom!

July 28, 2013

Bus B had the great pleasure of traveling to South Dakota today! First, they davening shacharit, ate breakfast, made lunches, and then loaded the bus. The group also couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stop in North Dakota, just to say they’ve been there. Then, they went to Big Thunder Gold Mine and panned for gold! Finally, they visited the world famous Mt. Rushmore and enjoyed some free time there to read about the history, buy souvenirs, and enjoy the tasty ice-cream available there. In the evening, the group had a fun filled game night. What a great day for Bus B!

July 26, 2013

Today, Bus B traveled from Yellowstone to Billings, MT! But first, they had the wonderful opportunity to go on their own  during sunrise to pray and really take in the amazing scenery. When they arrived in Billings, they went shopping for Shabbat, got settled into their hotel, and had an evening activity before welcoming Shabbat together. They all wrote individual notes that their Israeli staff member will put into the Kotel upon returning to Israel.  Shabbat Shalom from Bus B!

July 28, 2013

Today, Bus H davened a creative shachrit in the morning that incorporated the game “Apples to Apples”. Then, they spent the day traveling to the Grand Canyon. The scenery that surrounded them on their journey was absolutely breath taking! When they arrived, they got their first peak of the Grand Canyon at the Visitor Center! Then, they went to the IMAX and learned a lot about the history. After that, they ate a delicious dinner and had an evening bonding program based on focusing on their positive attributes. Finally, everyone went to bed early to prepare for an awesome day tomorrow.

July 26, 2013

This morning, Bus H davened shacharit together and learned about the Ahavah Rabah prayer.  Then, they had a wonderful time volunteering at St. Mary’s Foodbank Alliance. They made 600 boxes of canned foods! That’s amazing! Later on, they toured the adorable Stuffington Bear Factory. Then in the evening, the group settled in and welcomed Shabbat together.

July 25, 2013

The group began their day davening shacharit, eating breakfast, and making lunches. Then, they had a long drive but eventually made it to Phoenix! They went to the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game, where they were able to get a win over the Chicago Cubs. It was a really fun evening for the group!

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