Les « Éclaireuses Éclaireurs Israélites de France » or (EEIF) is a youth movement created in 1923 by Robert Gamzon known as “Castor Soucieux” which combines scouting, Judaism and citizenship.
But it was not until 2003 that Avidan Kogel spoke of the creation of a Local Group for the community of Montevideo. At the end of this initiative, Avidan received unanimous and immediate support from the EEIF as well as from the Jewish community of the 16th arrondissement. A few months later, Dufrénoy’s first activity took place, an activity around pirates, bringing together 33 builders, scouts and animators, determined to write their own history. Today, the Dufrénoy EEIFs have grown well and have more than fifty children each year in summer camps!
In order that each child can develop at his own pace, the EEIF are divided into several age groups.
« Les Bâtisseurs » (from 7 to 11 years old): DISCOVERING ADVENTURE! The Bats (that’s their nickname) live activities that allow them to discover the values of the movement.
« Les Eclaireuses & Eclaireurs » (from 11 to 15 years old): A PASSION FOR ACTION! The Eclais (that’s their nickname) participate in activities where they develop autonomy, resourcefulness and taking responsibility.
« Les Perspectives » (16 to 17 years old): A TASTE FOR REFLECTION IN THE ACTION ! The Pifs (that’s their nickname) come together around a collective project that they decide on and that they lead from start to finish. For some, they then engage in animation.
It is the association of all these young people who form a Local Group. We meet every summer, every winter and every other Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 23 bis, Rue Dufrénoy, 75116, Paris. During our activities, we convey messages and stimulate children’s creativity through various games, outings or mitzvot. Each year, for example, we prepare and distribute Passover packages that we take to families in need in Paris.
As tradition dictates, each Local Group associates its name with a personality who has contributed to Jewish history. We have therefore chosen to honor Moses Montefiore, a patron who dedicated his life to helping Jews settle in Palestine in the 19th century. He was the main source of inspiration for
the creation of several agricultural settlements, as well as the Yemîn Moshé district outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the famous Moses Montefiore mill. He also helped those most in need of the British Jewish community throughout his life.
Each Scout group has its own colors. Ours are turquoise and black, colors we wear around our necks and love to sing for assert our identity. Each young person is welcome among us and will know how to find his place to build. So don’t wait any longer and join the movement!
To find out more about Dufrénoy’s activities and allow your children to experience an extraordinary life adventure, do not hesitate to contact the managers of the group, Maxime Khaski (+33 6 09 33 62 51) and Alexandre Chekroun (+33 6 15 06 74 88).