Great photo from Caravan Amos (Southeast)’s first performance, in Scarsdale! Stay tuned for more!
The Caravans and Mishlachat members arrived two weeks ago for their orientations, and immediately afterward set off around the country for their performances and Summer camps. Here’s a photo from orientation!
After a brief hiatus during which we welcomed Caravans from Israel, and shuffled chanichim to machane kayitz, and started prepping to send our garinim and CVKers to Israel, we are back and ready for action! The next few photos will be the cream of the crop of our photos from the past few weeks’ exciting experiences. Stay tuned for photos from: East and West Coast Tzabar Summer Camps, the Celebrate Israel Parade, Caravan and Mishlachat Orientations, first Caravan performances, Southeast Tzabar Summer Camp, Garin Tzabar farewells, and more!
Israel Photo of the Day: Caravan Pisgah!
In the last two weeks, last year’s group of Caravan Pisgah has been traveling the country performing, having returned to America for a special 2-week Yom HaAtzmaut tour. They performed at community centers, synagogues, and more; got to spend time with old friends from last Summer; and participated in special activities with the new shevet in Philadelphia. What a blast! Here’s just one of many awesome photographs from their time spent here. Can’t wait for this Summer’s new Friendship Caravans to arrive? Let us know!
Photo of the Day: Maurice Sendak
Today we were saddened to hear of the passing of Maurice Sendak, famed children’s author, most notably of Where the Wild Things Are. Sendak was a child of Holocaust survivors, and often drew back on his childhood experiences and Jewish background in his writing. Today we remember Maurice Sendak fondly, and know that his works will always keep his memory alive.
Israel Photo of the Day - Star Wars Day!
Many people call today, May 4, “Star Wars Day”, due to the punny phrase “May the 4th be with you.” (This is a play on words of “may the force be with you”, for those who are not as nerdy.) On behalf of this cultural phenomenon, and in honor of Natalie Portman, the star of Star Wars (pun once again intended), who is also Israeli, this post is a tribute - the original Israeli poster for the first Star Wars movie. Milchemet HaKochavim!
Shabbat Shalom, and may the 4th be with you!
Israel Photo of the Day: Friendship Caravan Atzmaut Tour!
This week, we were graced with the arrival of last Summer’s Caravan Pisgah crew, who are back for 2 weeks of touring the Tri-State area on a tour for Yom Ha’Atzmaut. So far, Pisgah has been quite a hit, singing classic Israeli folk songs and more! We love Israel, we love Yom HaAtzmaut, and we love Tzofim Friendship Caravan!! What’s your favorite Israeli song? Comment below!
Israel Photo of the Day - 64 Years
This photograph, uploaded today by Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s office, shows the hoards of people gathering at the Western Wall in Jerusalem today to celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut - Israel’s Independence Day. This tremendous display of unity and joy for the State of Israel inspires us. What inspires you?
Chag HaAtzmaut Sameach!
Israel Photo of the Day: Yom HaZikaron
Tonight we begin to commemorate Yom HaZikaron, Remembrance Day for Fallen Israeli Soldiers and Victims of Terror. This sticker is traditionally handed out at Yom HaZikaron ceremonies in Israel, and depicts the Dam HaMakabim(“Blood of the Maccabees” Flower), found throughout Israel. This flower has come to be the symbol for Yom HaZikaron, as it represents the strength and heroism of the Maccabean warriors (from the story of Chanukah). We wish you a meaningful commemoration of those we have lost and those who have sacrificed for Israel and the Jewish people.
Israel Photo of the Day - Israel Education
As we prepare for Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day next week, we feature here a photo of CVK-ers visiting the grave of Israel’s first Prime Minister. This photo is a throwback to Chetz v’Keshet 2007, but the fact remains the same: CVK is not only a life-changing, friendship-forming, and all around joyous experience for participants, it is also a key step in educating participants about Israel and Zionism. Here, participants learned about David Ben Gurion and his dream to grow and enrich the Negev, which is why he is buried there. We learn through experience, visiting Ben Gurion’s home, and learning about environmental and agricultural initiatives being cultivated in Southern Israel, an important aspect of Israel today.