05.06.2011 3.Siwan, 5771 Tag 47 des Omer
Palestinian and African refugee teams join cosmopolitan mix of immigrants.
A social enterprise that aims to create a community for young English-speakers in Tel Aviv without isolating them from Israel's other linguistic groups put an international twist on its most recent event: Last Friday, the group organized a soccer tournament in Ramat Aviv that saw four English-speaking teams – representing England, Scotland, Wales and North America – playing against other recent immigrants from France, Italy, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.
"The idea is really to get immigrants to play with people who might be outside their bubble, their comfort zone, to see what else is out there," said Kevin Nafte, the co-founder of Telalivit, a group that has been providing cultural and educational events for an online community of 4,000 people since last year. "Otherwise, I think it's very easy to live in Tel Aviv and remain within your little bubbles of English-speakers, Americans or Brits….