This week around 50 youngsters on the Birthright program arrived from the greater Washington area, for a visit to Partnership2Gether Beit Shemesh – Mateh Yehuda - Washington - South Africa, of the Jewish Agency.
Each year, Partnership2Gether hosts 5-6 such missions. The activities are always performed on a voluntary basis.
This time, the mission chose to volunteer at the Maccabi soccer school.
Following a short opening address the enthusiastic children, dressed in their yellow uniforms, and the members of the mission split up into teams and trained on the Kibbutz Tzora soccer pitch. After the games which, despite the intense heat, were played in a good spirit, the main activity began: joint voluntary work on improving the area of the pitch. The idea was to plant grass instead of the traditional trees. Some painted gates, some laid grass and some put up a new fence, so that the soccer balls don’t fly out of the pitch. Everyone was delighted to get popsicles and they separated emotionally.
The members of the Birthright mission said that this kind of encounter, for them, turns Israel into something tangible, and that it was an experience they will remember for a long time.
The soccer school incorporates children from Beit Shemesh and Mateh Yehuda: from rural areas, moshavim and kibbutzim.
It highlights values and professionalism, and offers a unique family-like spirit. The children participate in a large number of tournaments during the course of the year.
The soccer school will start its eleventh season on August 28 at 5 p.m., at Kibbutz Tzora.
For details: Tzidki – 052-2630923