Sunday, June 9, 2024

Friendship Caravan (Israeli Scouts) ! Don't Miss Them ! + Eurovision Presentation Released...


What Is the Caravan?

The Tzofim Friendship Caravan is celebrating 50 years of bringing excitement, energy and friendship to North America through friendship and performance! The first Caravan came to the United States in 1973 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, North, South, East, and West. 

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.

Friends of Israel Scouts is excited to announce a special partnership with the Jewish National Fund (JNF)! By working together, we look forward to continuing to strengthen the bonds between Israel and North America.

Jewish National Fund (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to re establish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. Today, JNF strives to bring an enhanced quality of life to all of Israel’s residents, and translate these advancements to the world beyond. JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid-agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism.

Friday, June 7, 2024

Flash Gordon vs Elvis ! and much more....

Flash Gordon vs Elvis ! (who will win?)


For those of you that don't know the Flash Gordon Pinball Machine is a tough one to play.. Maybe the next time I play it I might need this song in my ear (Once you get past the Israeli Kemit the Frog, Ofra will sing you the song): 



Here is a tutorial on how to play:


Friday, May 24, 2024

Happy Friday + Other Fun things to see and do!

 

ITS FRI YAY!!!!

Haven't seen many comments here on the blog. I do hope you all are keeping a close eye on me!  Just fun and work and more fun.  I'm taking a small break from a few things and catching my breath to see what I can get accomplished in the next few weeks.

Here is a good one to get Shabbat started! Ofra Haza singing Shabbat Malka (The Sabbath Queen!) This song has a fun Israeli line dance that goes along with it!



Sunday, May 19, 2024

Israeli Super Hero and Starfighters Arcade !

Epic things are happening in the world. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of antisemitic things going on at the same time.

The Scottsdale Jewish Community center held an event for Israel Independence day and this is what happened. Video link (Sorry about that) Could only put the link because it can't be viewable outside of YouTube!

Saturday, May 18, 2024

HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!

HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!



Someone please help me here ! I've been buried alive! Lots of projects and fun.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Eurovision Recap / Yom HaZikaron & Yom Ha'Atzmaut (All in one place!)

 

First let's talk about Eurovision:

Below is Miki Guberman singing the original submission to Eurovision before the song was called Hurricane.  It was originally titled October Rain due to the attacks on October 7th, 2023. The EBU (European Broadcasting Union) had Israel scrambling to change the song. The song went through a few re-writes. Read more here!

Here are the lyrics comparison / changes:







It was so much fun to learn more about Eurovision. We never voted before this year. Note that countries are not allowed to vote for their own country! (Yes we are allowed to vote even if we are in the USA! - See more below...)

Congrats to Eden Golan for powering through showing awesome sportsmanship and pride for Israel, especially when the crowd booed. It really gave her the fuel to power through the song.

** FYI if you missed my presentation and or want to view the bonus materials contact me.

Here is a video of the Semi Finals:



Originally, I could not find a video of the Eurovision Finals. The version i did find was taken down off of Youtube. Here is a video of the final (Listen to how terrible the crowd was) "Eden is a real hero":






It was fun participating in various ways. One of my favorite ways to participate was by actually voting! Unfortunately, you do have to pay to vote, but it was well worth the price to help boost Eden and Israel along, and I really think it helped!

Here is a very special breakdown of Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest from 1973 - 2024 (Very Interesting!)


Here is a breakdown of the entire competition. You can definitely search through and find some good statistical information.

Here is additional reading on the 2024 competition.  Also included is information about the Netherlands participation in the 2024 Finals of the competition.

It did take me over 5 months to put the presentation together. If you are interested in watching the presentation I gave all about Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest / with a lot of extra materials. It's the presentation and also the Slides / Bonus materials, please visit my website (about page / contact form) and send me a note. I'm happy to share it with you (FREE)

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Od to Little Big Planet, Video Games, Prayers, Israeli Music and Claw Machines !

Do you know who this guy is?  


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Let me introduce you to Sackboy from the video game Little Big Planet.  This used to be Sony's prized possession.  Not anymore! Read more here and watch the videos below.

Is Little big planet officially dead?



Here is a video how Sony Destroyed their own legacy:


Here is another user's thought about Little Big Planet:


Here is my friend Rick Recht singing all about rainbows. Sackboy would have loved to sing along. I'm sure Rick might have played this game.


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Here are some Jewish Artists in prayer:

While we are talking about video games, I think showing this next music video is very appropriate. Here is Ella Li singing This is ME.  She must love video games. (Great K-Pop Song!) Read more here.


Every time I see a crane / claw / suction cup machine, I keep remembering how i actually won a David Broza CD from a suction cup type crane machine.  (The only time I ever won something from one of these!) Below is a picture of what I won!



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Here is David Broza singing Things Will Get Better: