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Gush Etzion Day Tour

Eitan and Ted on overlook

What is Gush Etzion Gush Etzion is an area, a mere 10 minute drive south of Jerusalem with a rich history. It’s far enough off the beaten path that most tourists don’t get there. But it’s so close to Jerusalem, so beautiful and fascinating that it makes for a perfect day tour. As the heartland of Judea as far back ... Read More »

Western Wall Tunnel Tour

Western Wall Tunnel Tour

History At the Western Wall tunnel tour you can explore the full depth and breadth (literally!) of the most visited site in Israel. The Western wall is part of the giant platform Herod the Great built in the 1st century BCE (CE). The original purpose of the platform was to create a giant plaza for the rebuilt second Temple. However, after ... Read More »

Jerusalem Day Tour: The Holy City

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The Holy City: “A House of Prayer for All Nations” In one unforgettable day you’ll see why Jerusalem is ‘The Holy City’ for billions of Jews, Christians and Muslims worldwide. First you’ll get an overlook of the Temple Mount from the Mt. of Olives, where all three traditions, believe the Messiah will one day walk, followed by sites in the Jewish ... Read More »

Jerusalem Day Tour of Jewish Heritage

Beautiful temple mount Jerusalm

Jerusalem Day Tour: Explore Your Jewish Heritage Finding Yourself in the Old City For two thousand years our ancestors said, ‘Next year in Jerusalem!’ Today this dream is a reality. The center of Jewish history is open and waiting for you. Here you will see the roots of the Jewish past come alive. The day starts with a scenic overlook of the city. ... Read More »

Custom Tour

israel custom tour

Every group, every family, is unique. We specialize in creating custom made tours for people who like to see things a little differently. The best way to get started in planning your custom tour is to talk with us about what you want out of your trip. Please fill out our contact form and we will get back to you about ... Read More »

What to do in Jerusalem

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Jerusalem is holy to three faiths and houses the holy sites and history of thousands of years. It serves as the capital of Israel, the seat of government, and is a modern, vibrant city. But if you find yourself wondering what to do in Jerusalem with so many options, it might be best to break it down into themes. What ... Read More »

Hebron Old and New

Hebron Tour

The city of Hebron means something different to almost everyone who’s aware of it. Its many meanings are deep, sometimes painful, sometimes joyous, and always complicated. For a Jew steeped in traditional texts, there is a clear connection between the Jewish people and Hebron from the time of Abraham 4,000 years ago, when the patriarch bought a field outside the ... Read More »

Beer in the Land of Israel

Beer Taster, Israeli beer

Beer as we know it, made from fermented barley, was first invented in the Middle East. That’s no coincidence since barley was first cultivated here. The Canaanites drank beer in the Land of Israel 4,000 years ago, and many beer drinking vessels from that period have been found. Once the Israelites came to the Land of Israel (1500BCE) the preference changed ... Read More »

Hassidic Israel Story: Jewels of the Land of Israel

Old religious Jews in Israel 1895

Reb Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk was one of the early Hassidic rebbes, back in the seventeen-hundreds. He came to live in the Land of Israel (Eretz Yisrael). When he got to Safed (Tzfat) he fasted for forty days, then he had a celebratory feast. At the feast someone asked what it was all about. He explained: “Before I left Europe ... Read More »

Kipa Meaning What’s in a Head Covering

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Kipa Meaning What’s in a Head Covering In Israel one sees religious Jewish men with little discs of all different sizes and color on their heads, made of many different materials. One of the most common questions I get from tourists is about the significance of these different kipas (yarmulkes) Jewish men wear. The yarmulke, in Hebrew kipa, is like any piece of ... Read More »