Don’t Miss the Friendship Caravan Tonight!

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To all my Phoenix friends, I encourage you to jump on the Friendship Caravan tonight at 7:00 pm.  Tzofim (Israeli scouts) will perform at Beth El Congregation (1118 W Glendale Ave, Phoenix AZ 85021).  I have been attending Tzofim’s annual “tour stop” in the Phoenix area for several years now, and actually caught their show last Sunday afternoon.  As always, these young people represent their country very well, and the show was very enjoyable.

The event lasts for only an hour, is very family-friendly and is free!  It is a great way to experience a little bit of Israeli life and it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face!

So, find out more about them here if you’d like, then take in the performance with us tonight.  We’ll meet in the lobby at 6:30 pm.  See you there!

Tzofim: Representing Israel Well!

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.  The 16 and 17 year olds will enter the IDF soon after they return from their tour of America.

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.  Last night was the night!  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, there is still time to catch this fantastic group before they leave town, and I highly recommend you do!  Here is their remaining schedule:

  • Wednesday, June 14 @ 7pm – Temple Chai (4645 E Marilyn Rd, Phoenix)
  • Thursday, June 15 @ 7pm – Temple B’rith Shalom (2077 Brohner Way, Prescott)
  • Monday, June 19 @ 7pm – Temple Solel (6805 E McDonald Dr, Paradise Valley)
  • Tuesday, June 20 @ 7pm – Temple Kol Ami (15030 N 64th St, Scottsdale)

Unfortunately, photos were difficult to take last night because of the positioning of stage lighting that shined into the camera.  However, below is a short clip of the flag-waving finale from a performance I attended last year.  Enjoy!

 

Don’t Miss This! A Taste of Israel Right Here at Home!

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Tzofim performing at Beth El Congregation in Phoenix

Friends, last night I attended a performance by Tzofim (Israeli Scouts) and they were terrific!  The scouting program in Israel (similar to Boys and Girl Scouts in America) is the largest youth activity group in the nation of Israel.  Of the tens of thousands of scouts (male and female) in Israel, about 1,000 each year try out to be part of the Israel Scout Caravan.  Three teams of 10 (5 boys, 5 girls) tour the US as goodwill ambassadors for 2 1/2 months.

One of the three groups is currently in Phoenix and will perform for the next 9 days at various places.  As ambassadors of Israel, they share their own personal stories to help paint a picture of the small country they are so proud of.  They sing, dance and tell their stories in a one hour presentation that is just delightful!  Take a look:

If you are in the Phoenix area and have any interest whatsoever in Israeli culture, this is a FREE, can’t-miss opportunity!  If you have kids, PLEASE take them!  This group will give your youngsters something to remember!  Here is their schedule over the next few days:

  • Wednesday, June 8 2016: Or Zion, 9096 E Bahia Drive, Scottsdale – 7:00pm
  • Thursday, June 9 2016: Brith Shalom, 2077 Brohner Way, Prescott – 7:00pm
  • Saturday, June 11 2016: LDS Stake Center, 777 E Elliott Dr, SW Corner Elliott/Lindsay, Gilbert – 6:00pm
  • Sunday, June 12 2016: Temple Beth Shalom, 12202 N 101st Ave, Sun City – 11:00am
  • Sunday, June 12 2016: Cutler Plotkin Heritage Center, 122 E Culver, Phoenix – 4:00pm (Limited seating – please RSVP at 602-241-7870)
  • Tuesday, June 14 2016: Temple Chai, 4645 E Marilyn Road, Phoenix – 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, June 15 2016: Temple Solel, 6805 E McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley – 7:00pm

The groups, who have been ambassadors to America since the 1960’s, are brought here by the Arizona chapter of Friends of Israel Scouts.  I plan to go see them again and I hope to see you there too!  Carve out an hour to take in a very enjoyable performance…and if you’re interested, you may even get to dance the Hava Nagila!

Shalom!