Jewish Heritage Tours

Site Highlights

Herod's Northern Palace at Masada

Ask folks what was the most important component of their Jewish heritage tour—the factor that turned sightseeing tour into a meaningful and, often life-transforming, visit. Chances are you’ll get a single answer—the tour guide.

Whether it’s a family tour, an organizational mission or a synagogue tour, I understand where you’re coming from. In fact, I was once there myself. Having been born and raised in the American Jewish community, I know what’s important to you in a tour to Israel.

An English-speaking guide is a must, but it’s not sufficient. By touring Israel with an American who chose to make aliya and become a cast member on the center stage of Jewish history, you’ll see the Land through different eyes—through the eyes of one of your own.

Every tour can be customized to meet your needs and interests. Here are just a few of the places you’re likely to visit on a Jewish heritage tour with me—in David’s Land.

Zippori

Zippori-Mona Lisa of Galilee

Zippori was a cosmopolitan Jewish city and capital of Galilee in Roman and Talmudic times. It also served as the seat of the Sanhedrin. In Zippori, you’ll find some of the most beautiful mosaic floors in all of David’s Land

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Western Wall

Western Wall

The Western Wall is the holiest accessible place on earth for the Jewish People. It represents the collective memory of a nation for more than 2,000 years.

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Tel Aviv (White City)

Tel-Aviv-The White City

Tel Aviv, founded in 1909, is the world’s first “Hebrew” city. What was once a garden suburb of Jaffa that emerged from the sand dunes, has become Israel’s largest metropolis and the capital of “Mediterranean cool.”

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Rosh Pina

A walk through the cobble-stoned lanes of Rosh Pina takes you straight back to the end of the 19th century and the First Aliya—the first wave of Zionist immigration to the Land of Israel.

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Old Jaffa

Old Jaffa

Technically speaking, Old Jaffa today is a part of the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo. But Jaffa couldn’t be more different than Tel Aviv.

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Neve Zedek

Neve Zedek - Suzanne Dellal Center

Neve Tzedek is one of the most charming of Tel Aviv neighborhoods. It actually predates the founding of Tel Aviv by 22 years.

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Masada

Masada

There is hardly a visitor to Israel who doesn’t tour the mountain-top fortress at Masada. This site in the Judean Desert near the shores of the Dead Sea is spectacular.

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Kinneret Cemetery

Kinneret Cemetery - Grave of Rachel the Poetess

Couldn’t be a more beautiful setting for a cemetery than the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee where Kinneret Cemetery is located. This cemetery has become a pantheon for Labor Zionism whose ideological vanguard is buried here.

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Akko (Acre)

Akko sea wall

The Old City of Acre is a UNESCO world heritage site. The city is at least 5,000 years old, but attractions connected with its Crusader past, and a period of resurgence during the Ottoman era, are what attract so many visitors today.

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Beit Guvrin / Maresha

Sidonian Burial Caves at Beit Guvrin/Maresha

The area in and around Beit Guvrin National Park is honeycombed with hundreds of underground caves. The soft rock in this area of the Judean Lowlands is covered by a thin hard crust. During the Hellenistic period, when Maresha was at its peak, residents exploited the natural geology of the region and cut caves out […]

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Davidson Center / Jerusalem Archaeological Park

Here’s an opportunity to explore the monumental ruins of Herod the Great’s massive expansion of the Second Temple.  Walk along the main street below the Temple Mount.

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Ein Gedi Nature Reserve

Eign Gedi - Nahal David waterfall

If you have time to explore only one nature reserve in Israel, make sure it’s Ein Gedi. Ein Gedi is a unique oasis on the shores of the Dead Sea.

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Independence Hall

Independence Hall

It may not be on the same scale as that Philadelphia landmark, but the modest building on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard was witness to the greatest event of modern Jewish history.

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Gamla

Gamla

We know from Josephus Flavius that Gamla, located on a dramatic ridge in the Golan Heights, was the site of a major clash between Jews and Romans during the Great Jewish Revolt in 67 CE.

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Baram Synagogue

Barama Synagogue

By the Byzantine period, the center of the Jewish population in the Land of Israel had moved north to Galilee. The Baram Synagogue dates from this time and is one of the country’s most ancient Jewish houses of prayer and assembly.

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Let’s Plan Your Tour

There are so many fascinating places to see and experience in Israel that I can’t list them all here. More sites we might visit together could include:

* Beit Alpha
* Beit Shearim
* City of David
* David’s Tomb
* Givat HaKibbutzim / Ayalon Institute
* Makhtesh Ramon
* Mount Bental
* Palmach Museum
* Qumran
* Ramat Hanadiv
* Rosh Hanikra
* Sde Boker
* Shrine of the Book
* Tel Dan
* Tel Hai
* Tiberias
* Tzfat (Safed)
* Zichron Ya’acov

Contact me and let’s talk about an itinerary that makes the most sense for you.

Meet the Cast

On your tour of Israel, we’ll be delving into quite a bit of history. I’m here to help you get the most out of your trip by putting the places we visit into an historical perspective. By focusing on the countless individuals who’ve left their mark on the Israel you’ll see today, we can bring history to life. So join me. Let’s meet the cast of the drama I call ‘Israel.’ Let me introduce you to some of the cast members of David's Land.