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Tzofim Friendship Caravan Returns to the JCC!

The Tzofim Friendship Caravan is back to celebrate Jewish culture and heritage throughout the U.S. and will stop at the JCC as part of their tour. The visit will include a day spent with campers, plus a chance for the entire Syracuse community to get in on the fun with a special free performance.

“This group brings a piece of Israel here and now it’s more important than ever to provide that connection,” said Pam Ranieri, director of Children’s Programming at the JCC. “The visit is not only educational, but also a great opportunity for the children and the community to immerse themselves in their culture by being in community with these talented young people.” 

Using song, dance, and story, the Tzofim Friendship Caravan is a group of 10 teens from Israel who are selected to share their culture across the U.S. through performance. As a fun and unique way to teach others about Israeli culture, the group visits various locations throughout their national tour including schools, camps, and synagogues. Now in existence for more than 50 years, this year’s tour is dedicated to the theme “Am Yisrael Chai.” 

The Caravan will kick off their visit to the JCC by spending the day with campers and participating in some activities. The highlight of their camp visit will be an engaging performance which includes songs in Hebrew, English, and Yiddish. Later in the day the group will also visit with seniors participating in the JCC’s Senior Dining Program to share a meal.  

The community is encouraged to participate in the festivities by singing and dancing along during the performance at the JCC. The show is free and open to the public. Even if you’ve seen the Caravan before, no two shows are the same which means everyone will enjoy the performance. 

“We are very excited for the Syracuse community to come together and appreciate Israel and all it has to offer,” said Amy Bisnett, associate director of children’s programming at the JCC. For more information about the Tzofim Friendship Caravan’s visit, reach out to the JCC at 315-445-2360 or visit


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