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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

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

kipa meaning chart, yarmulke meaning

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 »

City of David Ir David

City of David Harp entrance

The City of David (Ir David) is an archeological site situated just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. This small area, today largely covered with modern homes, speeding taxis and tourists, was the entire city of Jerusalem in the time of King David. Here Jerusalem first became a Jewish city and the First and Second Temples stood. ... Read More »

Gush Etzion, Southern Gateway to Jerusalem

Gush Etzion is a large collection of settlements in the Judean Hills, 15 minutes south of Jerusalem. Despite being ‘over the green line,’ there is almost universal consensus among Israelis that it is part of Israel and will remain as such under any possible future political arrangement. Why such a near-universal agreement on one group of settlements? It comes from ... Read More »

Day Tour of Israeli Beer

Explore the Growing World of Israeli Micro Breweries You know about Israeli wines, but what about Israeli beers? The micro-breweries in Israel make some of the best brews in the world winning awards in European taste tests, and growing quickly. The breweries are often in places of astonishing natural beauty accompanied by fine food and music. On this day you will visit several ... Read More »