Spirited scouts

The Israel Scouts Friendship Caravan performs at the Ronald McDonald House during its recent visit to Phoenix. The Israeli teens performed at various venues in the Valley and Northern Arizona during their nine-day visit.

Ten teens sang and danced their way across the Valley and Northern Arizona this past week, as part of the Israel Scouts (Tzofim) Friendship Caravan.

The effort to bring the scouts here is courtesy of Arizona Friends of Israel Scouts, a group of volunteers now coordinated by Steve Rosenbaum.

The teens, who are part of Israel's co-ed scout program, serve as goodwill ambassadors for their country. They travel through North America and share "their lives in Israel through song, dance and story," according to the program website, israelscouts.org.

Local synagogues - which this year included Congregation Or Chadash, Har Zion Congregation, Jewish Community of Sedona & Verde Valley, Temple Beth Shalom in Sun City, Temple Chai and Temple Solel - sponsor the performances. In addition, the Ramat Gan/Phoenix Sister City Committee and Arizona Friends of Israel Scouts co-sponsored a show at Grand Canyon University on June 26. The free performances were June 24-28 at the various locations and the scouts also performed at Kivel Campus of Care, Phoenix Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix and two camps in Prescott, Camp Charles Pearlstein and Camp Maripai, a Girl Scouts camp.

To volunteer or to donate, contact Rosenbaum, 480-216-4280.

- Leisah Woldoff

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