Israeli Scouts dazzle at Federation’s annual five agency meeting and celebration
By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville
The Southeastern Caravan of the Friends of the Israeli Scouts made a stop in Northeast Florida in early June, to help community members celebrate the year gone by in Jewish Philanthropy here in Jacksonville. Once the new board members and officers were officially installed for Federation, JFCS, the JCA, JCF and River Garden, where the event was held, the eight Israeli teens took to the stage with the direction of their two counselors from the floor.
A near hour performance was highlighted by the singing of the Hatikvah, or the Israeli National Anthem along with Michael Jackson’s ‘Heal the World’, spreading a message of peace and love. Along with some of the more traditional and well known favorites, the scouts also gave the audience in attendance a rousing rendition of some lesser known Israeli tunes, helping bring the Land of Milk and Honey to the Cohen Auditorium that night.
The Caravan is celebrating more than 40 years of bringing excitement, energy and friendship to North America. Founded in 1973, the first Caravan came to the United States to bring a message of hope and peace for Israel. Since that first Caravan, the program has grown to three different Caravan travelling across North America, from New York to California to Wyoming and Tennessee.
Each Caravan is made up of a group of five girls and five boys and their two leaders. They are chosen to be members of the Caravan based on their maturity, fluency in English, and of course their talent in the performing arts. After several rounds of competitive auditions and interviews, the scouts spend a year training and rehearsing for their exciting summer in North America.
The Scouts appearance in Jacksonville was one of their first stops in a summer-long tour of the Southeastern United States. The group heads back to Israel in mid-August, to track their progress follow them on Facebook, @SoutheastCaravan and for more information on the program visit israelscouts.org/friendship-caravan.
At the annual five agency meeting and celebration