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TIES (Teen Israel Experience Summer) families, the families of teens participating in the Orange County Bureau of Jewish Education’s (BJE) month-long, dorm-based summer program in Israel, got two treats on Sunday, June 10.
The TIES trip “helps teens discover their ancestry by investigating the history of the ancient land, and exploring the culture of Israel with experienced educational guides,” according to the BJE website.  Before embarking on that journey (June 24 to July 23), the students and their families had another meaningul experience.
After the teens and their parents participated in a family picnic, they were invited to a special community event being coordinated by TIES participant, Rachel Berkowitz.  Rachel has helped to organize a special dance show for the Holocaust Survivors of Laguna Woods and Heritage Pointe.  This is the third such event she has helped to organize with several professional and pre-professional dance groups.  Some are from Orange County School of Performing Arts, some from Dance 2 Your Door and others from her home dance school, Newport Dance Theater.
Teens and their families had the chance to interact with Holocaust survivors who were being treated to a dance show by these teens.  Survivors found it meaningful to have the opportunity to interact with the students and their families.  After the dance show, there was the chance to sit at tables and share refreshments and stories.  It was an afternoon of refreshments and music, classical and contemporary performers, solos and group numbers, young and mature.
“The Cafe Europa Dance Show for Holocaust Survivors was a most touching and joyful event,” said Janet Lawrence, Orange County Jewish Life photographer and Rachel’s mother.  “As much as the survivors enjoyed the show, that is how much the talented dancers enjoyed sharing their passion for dance with the survivors.  There was a lot of love in that room today, and I’m sure that God was smiling.”
Jewish Federation & Family Services invites Holocaust survivors, family and friends to Café Europa.  This series of monthly gatherings enables Holocaust survivors to relax with friends, listen to music, sing, dance, enjoy refreshments and hear stimulating lectures on important Jewish topics.  To get on the mailing list for information about Café Europa events, call Jewish Federation & Family Services, (949) 435-3460 x352.

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