UPDATE (Sunday evening, 6/10/2018): I had the privilege of attending a performance this afternoon and it was pure joy! This group is well worth seeing. If possible, plan to join a large group of us at the Wednesday night presentation…or go on your own to any of the remaining shows. You will enjoy it!
Happy Lord’s Day, friends! There is a series of special opportunities I want to tell you about…
What a blessing to see young people represent their country so well! Year-after-year I am blessed by Tzofim, the Israeli Scouts. These young people are the equivalent to Eagle Scouts in America, and are being groomed as leaders in Israeli society. These young ambassadors share their stories through song and dance, and their presentations are very enjoyable. The 16 and 17 year olds will enter the IDF soon after they return from their tour of America.
They will be in Phoenix this week and here is their schedule:
- Sunday, June 10 @ 4pm – Temple Chai (4645 E Marilyn Rd, Phoenix)
- Monday, June 11 @ 7pm – Temple Solel (6805 E McDonald Dr, Paradise Valley)
- Tuesday, June 12 @ 7pm – Congregatioin Or Tzion (16415 N 90th Street, Scottsdale)
- Wednesday, June 13 @ 7pm – Beth El Congregation (1118 W Glendale Ave, Phoenix)
- Thursday, June 14 @ 7pm – Temple Kol Ami (15030 N 64th St, Scottsdale)
Tzofim is the largest youth organization in Israel, and is dedicated to developing young leaders, instilling Jewish identity (love of Israel and Jewish heritage) and building community by working together for a common cause and serving others. Of 80,000 current scouts, about 1,200 have the opportunity to audition for only 30 spots (3 teams of 10) on the Friendship Caravan that tours the US and Canada. To even reach audition stage, the scouts must demonstrate extraordinary service to others and leadership. These young people are the cream of the crop and are hosted in America by Friends of Israel Scouts.
For several years I have attended at least one of their performances when they make their Phoenix-area swing. That happens this week! The energy and excitement these young people bring is refreshing, and they represent their country so well! Several have the opportunity to share about their family, their hometown and life in Israel. They also engage the audience continually throughout the performance, often getting kids involved with them in dancing and high-fiving.
If you are in the Phoenix area, I greatly encourage you to catch this fantastic group before they leave town! The events are free, are very family-friendly and last about an hour. Jewish congregations are very friendly and welcoming, so you will feel comfortable. A group of us from CalvaryPHX will attend Wednesday’s event at Beth El Congregation. Feel free to meet us in the lobby at 6:30 and sit with us.
Here is a short clip of the flag-waving finale from a performance I attended previously. (Which means these young people are now serving their country!) Enjoy!