The Shaw JCC of Akron and the Jewish Community Board of Akron are pleased to present a free, family-friendly concert with the Tzofim Friendship Caravan on Monday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium.
The Tzofim Friendship Caravans tour North America every summer, bringing Israeli culture and goodwill through its unique blend of smiles, songs and dances in Hebrew, Yiddish and English. The Caravan has appeared on more than a dozen different TV shows and several news spots.
“This promises to be a wonderfully uplifting performance for our guests and members to experience,” says executive director Michael Neumann. “We’re also pleased to offer this free event to the Jewish and Akron communities as another opportunity to connect with Israel.”
The Friendship Caravan consists of five male and five female Tzofim (Israel Scouts), who are entering their senior year of high school. The Caravan travels throughout North America each summer as emissaries, sharing their lives in Israel through song, dance and story. Participants are chosen after undergoing an extensive auditioning and interviewing process, ensuring that above all, they are true representatives of Israeli culture and spirit.
The Caravan typically reaches 35 states, including 250 camps, community centers, churches, senior homes and schools, performing for an audience totaling nearly 100,000 people. Each teen in the Friendship Caravan, like all 100 delegation members visiting North America, is a member of the 60,000-member strong Tzofim movement, which, in turn, is part of the International Scouting movement.
The Tzofim movement is the only nonpolitical and nonsectarian youth movement in Israel. Each delegate must exhibit leadership capabilities, a high level of scouting and extensive knowledge of Israeli and Jewish history. Fluency in English and strong communicative skills are additional requirements for delegation members, as well as an intense love for the land and people of Israel and a desire to share this passion with North Americans.
The concert is free and open to the public. Visit www.shawjcc.org or call 330-867-7850 for more information.