WILKES-BARRE — They are known as Scouts, the Tzofim Friendship Caravan, and Wednesday night they performed at the Jewish Community Center of the Wyoming Valley.
The special group of Israeli youths have spent the past few months touring the United States. One of their goals is to connect with American Jewish people and “project Israel in a positive light.”
“The reason I came to this project is I think it’s really important to show the world, show the communities in the United States the real Israel, the beauty side,” said group leader Tomer Shaked.
While the group of young people have been touring here, violence has escalated in their homeland, as attacks between Hamas and Israel ramp up and the death toll rises.
“It is very hard to be away from home right now for all of us, but we deal with it. We get news reports every time and we try not to think about it that much, but it happens and we deal with it,” said Bar Peres, a Scout.
“We are kind of used to it. It’s not the first time, but we are always worried,” agreed Hadas Ben Assayag.
Group leader Shaked has served in the Israeli Army and said because of what is happening at home, he allows the Scouts to call home more regularly than usual.
“It’s really, really difficult actually. This morning a very good friend of mine got injured pretty seriously and you have to be here and you know your heart is over there with your friends.”
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