From April 15 – April 25, 2018, local Rivertown families are hosting active-duty reservists and former Israel Defense Force officers. These delegates will serve as a human connection with Israel while informing others about Israel’s many virtues in terms of religious and cultural diversity, technological innovations, agricultural advancements, water conservation, etc. as well as discuss their experiences and work in the army. They will serve as good-will ambassadors.
Their mission is to connect with our community, bring a bit of Israel into our homes, and to meet with seniors, adults, college students, teens, and children. These reservists come from different military branches and are chosen for their bravery, their stories, and their ability to communicate in English.
While in the Rivertowns, our delegates will attend many speaking engagements where they tell their “story.” We hear about their family, their IDF service, and perhaps even about one of their IDF missions. They speak to every demographic in our community, from elementary school children in Hebrew School, to High Schoolers, young adults, adults and seniors. They begin to understand the support they have from our community and return to Israel with a renewed spirit and great pride. In return, we receive the gift of their presence, enjoy a cross-cultural experience, and build relationships with these special individuals.
The Tzahal Shalom program depends on contributions from our community to continue. Please consider attending the Tzahal Shalom annual benefit.
Laurie Davidowitz and Jen Schwartz, Program Co-Directors, Tzahal Shalom of the Rivertowns
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