Israel Scout Caravan
The Israel Scout Caravan has been a tradition in Dallas for over 40 years. The Friendship Caravan consists of 5 male and 5 female Tzofim (Israel Scouts) who are entering their senior year of high school. The Caravan travels thoughout 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 Tzofim Friendship Caravan typically reaches over 35 states, including 250 camps, community centers, churches, senior homes and schools, performing for an audience totaling nearly 100,000 people.
The Caravan coming to Texas’ communities and camps will be in the Dallas area from Saturday night July 12 until Thursday morning July 17.
See some of what the Caravan is about in the video below:
Each teen in the Friendship Caravan, like all 100 Delegation members visiting North America, is a member of the 60,000 member strong Tzofim (Israel Scouts) Movement which, in turn, is part of the International Scouting movement. The Tzofim Movement is the only non-political and non-sectarian youth movement in Israel. Everyone in the Tzofim Summer Delegation has gone through extensive interviews and a rigorous selection process. 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. Once selected, they participate in an intensive preparation program before coming to the U.S. While all members of the Delegation proudly represent their homeland of Israel, only the Friendship Caravans, as entertaining emissaries, use song, dance as their medium.
The Caravan has appeared on over twelve different TV shows and several news spots, reaching over 90,000 viewers and entertaining groups ranging from birth to 100 years of age. The Tzofim Friendship Caravans will crisscross North America bringing Israeli culture and goodwill through their unique blend of smiles, songs and dances in Hebrew, Yiddish and English. The Caravans also come to each community or camp prepared to lead activities about Israel for children and adults of all ages. They are alsoflexible and can tailor their activities to a community or camp's specific needs.
In Dallas, as in many communities, home hospitality is provided for the teenage Tzofim for the duration of their visit. This hosting relationship goes beyond simply providing food and a bed the host families become true surrogate families during their stay. 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. Many communities have wait list for hosts and the reason is clear. As a host parent from Mahopac, NY recently said, “The Scouts changed our lives. These 12 individuals will forever be remembered by us all. They were incredible.” Additionally, hosting a Tofe from the Caravan is often the impetus for a first Israel trip for many families. It's a great opportunity for the Tzofim and their families to host in return.
Being part of the Tzofim Friendship Caravan has a long term impact on the Tzofim themselves that goes beyond the experience of traveling and entertaining across North America. This project is a great opportunity to better understand Jewish life in the Diaspora - the variety of observances, customs, and communities.
They stay for an average of 8 nights in most other major cities during their 3-month US tour. While the Caravan has visit the Dallas area for 5 days in the past few years, in order to expand their schedule to 8 nights, our committee is seeking additional funding. With the additional time in the Dallas area in 5722, we would be able to expand our programming so that this year’s Caravan can engage people at non-Jewish venues such as malls and churches. We have numerous Jewish families with children who would love to host the Tzofim additional nights.
Read more about the Caravan at www.israelscouts.org and click on Tzofim Friendship Caravan.
To enable our realizing the full benefit of the Tzofim Caravan experience in the Dallas area, we need to request financial support to help raise only an additional $4,500. We reserved our summer 2014 slot in early December 2013. We still need additional funds funds to cover all of the expenses of the Caravan in Dallas. Each donation of any size can bring us significantly closer to that goal. Please help us reach our goal by donating now. To donate now, click on the "donate" button below:
This button will take you to a page where you can either pay from your PayPal account or use almost any credit card without a PayPal account. If you prefer, you can write a paper check to Israel Scout Friendship Caravan Dallas and mail it to the address above. Recognition of your generosity would be given in our publicity and the printed program for the community-wide event during the Caravan’s 2014 stay in Dallas. All donations are tax deductible per our 501(c)(3) status.
For additional information contact: David Abrams, 214-669-3033, email@example.com