The Tzofim Israeli Friendship Caravan brings their high energy show back to the Soloway Jewish Community Centre (JCC) this summer to sing, dance and spread their message of peace.
Five girls, five boys plus two leaders from all across Israel make up the Summer Delegation of Tzofim (Israeli Scouts) who will perform a free concert at the Soloway JCC on Tuesday, July 5, 7 pm.
Earlier in the day, Tzofim will give a show for the campers at JCC of Ottawa Summer Camps followed by a workshop where campers will learn about Israeli culture and music through a variety of interactive games.
The Ottawa shows are just one stop on a summer tour that brings the Israeli teens all across the U.S. before stopping in Ottawa. The Caravan will also visit Camp B’nai Brith.
There are 60,000 Tzofim throughout Israel, and Summer Delegation participants are chosen after undergoing an extensive auditioning and interviewing process, ensuring that, above all, they are true representatives of Israeli culture and spirit.
While in Ottawa, the scouts will stay with volunteer community members. Ella Dagan, the Vered Israel Cultural and Educational Program manager, says the hosting relationship goes beyond simply providing food and a bed.
“The host families become true surrogate families during their stay,” she said. “This personal contact, combined with the opportunity for the Tzofim to teach one-on-one about Israel, is invaluable, and the relationships forged can last a lifetime.”
For the Israeli teens, being part of the Tzofim Friendship Caravan has a lasting impact that goes beyond the experience of travelling and entertaining across North America.
“This project is a great opportunity for them to better understand Jewish life in the Diaspora – the variety of observances, customs and communities,” said Dagan.
Founded in 1919, Tzofim was the first Zionist youth movement in Israel and, today, it is the largest in the country with more than 180 chapters/troops in almost 100 cities, towns, moshavim and kibbutzim. Tzofim includes members from all sectors of society, including religious and secular teens and new immigrants.
The goal of Tzofim is to educate its members to be positive, contributing members of society and help them develop self-confidence, leadership skills, and the desire to get involved in the community through educational programs and seminars, two weekly meetings, trips, camps and other special activities.
For more information about the July 5 community performance, contact Ella Dagan at 613-798-9818 ext. 243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.