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Formed in 1995, the Friends of Israel Scouts, Inc. – Tzofim (FOIS) encompasses programs that began in the early 1960s. These programs develop and maintain a connection between the Tzofim (Israel Scouts) movement in Israel and North American Jewry.
The Tzofim Friendship Caravan is celebrating over 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.
This year's community show will take place on Sunday, June 23 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This show will kick off the Israel Festival, with activities and the café happening until 2:00 PM.
Made possible by the generous contributions of Allianz Partners, the Eddie Lapkin Israeli Scout Fund of the Richmond Jewish Foundation and the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond.