June 13, 2013 | 383 views
Hands reaching out in friendship
Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre hosts teen caravan from Israel
The Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre welcomed the Tzofim Friendship Caravan on June 3.
The Tzofim Friendship Caravan is a summer delegation of 10 Israeli teenagers who travel the U.S. and Canada bringing Israeli culture, music and dance, along with a message of world peace. The Caravan is made up of five girls, five boys and two Caravan leaders from all over Israel. In order to be in the Caravan, these teenagers went through a highly competitive selection process and were chosen based on their maturity, fluency in English, and performance skills. As shlichim, or Israeli delegates, these teens have a love for Israel and a desire to share that with North Americans. The teenagers stay with host families, allowing emersion in strong personal bonds to be formed.
The Caravan is a part of the Friends of Israel Scouts, Inc., an organization that seeks to promote relationships between Israelis and Jews around the world, particularly in North America. They desire to educate others on Israeli culture and portray Israel in a positive light.