“Peace Through Pyramids: Send the St. Louis Arches to Israel,” is a collaboration between Circus Harmony and the Galilee Foundation for Value Education’s Galilee Circus since 2007. The Galilee Arches, as the combined group is called, have forged lasting friendships despite language barriers and cultural gulfs. The power2give.org project helped raise the necessary funds to send the St. Louis Arches to Israel to perform. The group of kids and teens left St. Louis for northern Israel on July 9, just a day after Hamas began bombing the nation. Despite fears from some people, Circus Harmony reached out to people in the area who assured them the part of the nation they would be staying in was safe.
While in Israel, the children teamed up with the Galilee Foundation for Value Education to perform shows for local people. During their time, the children stayed with families in the area, some Jews with Arabs and vice versa, exemplifying that despite the conflict in the region, the two groups can coexist. The troupe of 27 children performed for two weeks in various locations in front of diverse audiences. However, just as the trip started with excitement, it also ended with a bang. The night before Circus Harmony was supposed to return to St. Louis, the FAA cancelled all flights from Israel to the United States. The Israelis who had opened their homes to the children welcomed them warmly again for another week, and people donated food to the troupe. The group ended up staying in Israel for another week, and even got in a few extra performances.
Rabbi Marc Rosenstein, founder of the Galilee Circus, wrote about the collaboration in his online Galilee Diary in a post he titled The Show Must Go On. He wrote, in part, that “ these young circus artists did what circus artists do: they worked hard, learned together and from each other, and performed with all their hearts, for a variety of audiences, Arab and Jewish, through two weeks of conflict. Black and white, Jewish and Arab, boys and girls – 27 kids building a temporary utopia of mutual trust, of multicultural friendship, of taking risks to make people smile – in a dystopian reality of fear and hatred of the Other. And they made it look easy.. .So yes, we have to keep on defying gravity, in order to remind ourselves – and the world – that what seems impossible – is not.”
Once again, Circus Harmony is using power2give and has a project listed titled, “Circus Harmony’s Ascension CD.” Ascension is a new recording by Adam Rugo and the Circus Harmony band. The CD represents all different styles, sure to fit a variety of taste from rock to bohemian, and classical to R&B. The recording for the CD is complete, but Circus Harmony is seeking $7,840 to cover musicians’ sessions fees, duplication costs of the CD, songwriter and producer fees and money for supplies. Portions of the proceeds from the sale of the CD will benefit Circus Harmony’s Reggie Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund, which helps young people follow their dreams of being in the circus.
This project closes on Nov. 25, so donate today! Keep checking power2give.org/GreaterStLouis for weekly updates and new projects posted.