San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) in partnership with Self Help for the Elderly and Consulate General of Israel hosted an event where a Chinese American Tai-Chi group and an Israeli Folk Dance group exchanged their cultural arts performance on June 12 at Chinatown’s Portsmouth Square. In addition, an Israeli Folk Dance instructor taught the Tai-Chi group steps and routine of Israeli folk dancing.
“SF Rec and Park is excited to be part of Consulate General of Israel’s Israel China Festival in San Francisco,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We are impressed with this vibrant cultural exchange between the Tai Chi and Israeli Folk Dance groups.”
In addition, in 2012, the Year of the Dragon, the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, in collaboration with Jewish and Chinese American community organizations and partners in San Francisco, is hosting a month-long festival of events to celebrate and reveal the historic and new interactions between the peoples and cultures of Israel and China, and the communities of the Bay Area. For more information, please visit website: http://www.israelchinasf.com/#!HOME/mainPage .
“At the heart of the Israel China Cultural Festival is the celebration of an enduring friendship between two ancient peoples. What better way to express this friendship than to enjoy demonstrations of Tai chi and Israeli folk dancing, before joining hands to dance together?” said, Akiva Tor, Consul General of Israel for the Pacific Northwest. “As Israel and China both place a high value on family and the elderly, we are very pleased to have the support of Self-Help for the Elderly in today’s exchange of national art forms.”
“Our seniors have been looking forward to this unique cultural exchange between our Tai Chi Dancers and the Israel Folk Dancers at the Portsmouth Square today.” said, Anni Chung, President of Self-Help for the Elderly. “It has been a wonderful celebration of the Israel China Festival and the friendship of the two countries!”
At Self-Help for the Elderly’s Fun and Fit Total Wellness, fun, effective and affordable fitness program are offered to enhance the physical and mental well-being of working and retired mature adults. Tai Chi has always been one of the most popular exercises at Self-Help for the Elderly; where all activities are open to public without age restriction. Self-Help for the Elderly’s Tai Chi program is modified from the traditional Tai Chi with the background music and routines taught by the instructor that give energy and beat to make the ordinary poses unordinary.