The trip was fantastic; thanks for a great job of organizing. We will remember it forever. We had an EXCELLENT experience. Dafna has boundless energy and was excellent. She kept us moving from site to site, and due to her experience in knowing what sites were likeliest to be busy at certain times of day, used our willingness to be flexible to maximize our time to cover territory efficiently. Her knowledge of Israel is truly encyclopedic. She knew we were willing to go off the beaten path, and took full advantage to take some slight detours so we could see interesting additional things that others would miss.
Everything we saw was good or great. There were zero “clunkers.”
Rich Thau, Bala Cynwyd, PA
I would like to thank you for an amazing trip. It was well organized and our family enjoyed every moment of it. Please thank Baruch for the memories that he helped to create and educating our family about Israel. Girls surely will remember this trip as one of the best.
Yelena Itkin, San Diego CA
Our recent trip to Israel was organized by Yael. She did an absolutely amazing job in making sure that every detail of the trip was planned with our specific interests and needs in mind. We stayed in exellent hotels and at very reasonable prices. Our guide,Yohay, was very knowledgeable and was able to interest our teenage boys in the history and culture of Israel. Yohay did an awesome job in giving us very interesting and historically accurate descriptions of every aspect of Israeli culture and traditions dating back 3,000 years. Yohay was by far the best tour guide that we have ever met. We highly recommend Yael and Yohay to provide the best tour experience in Israel.
Vadim Sefanov, Foster City, CA
It is our pleasure to tell you about our wonderful experience with Dafna. We have traveled to many places around the world, and without a doubt, Dafna was one of our best guides. The breadth of her knowledge of Israel’s history was impressive and her enthusiasm was infectious. She was responsive to our questions and interests, and flexible in planning our tours each day. It is the small details that count, and with her boundless energy, she took us on hikes, walked up and down stairs, and drove her car while relaying interesting facts about the sites. She even taught us a silly Hebrew song that we all sang heartily throughout our journey. Dafna is not just an intelligent woman and good historian, her warm and fun-loving personality, good sense of humor and ability to choose the best hummus places for lunch each day made this trip extraordinary. Within a very short time, we felt that we had become good friends and felt sad to leave her at the end of the trip. Having all of these qualities is rare in any person but truly an asset in a guide. We had a wonderful trip overall and felt that this was a great introduction to Israel. If we know anyone going to Israel, we will certainly give them your name. Thank you for a great vacation.
Barbara Malamut & Larry Shtasel, Bryn Mawr, PA
We are safely home and still on a high from our trip. From beginning to end, we had an amazing time. Everything went so smoothly. Baruch was wonderful. Not only was he enjoyable to be with, he was incredibly informative. He opened up our eyes to the situation in Israel and we learned so much from him. He and the country left a lasting impression for us. He was in tune to our needs and adjusted the tour to emphasize what was most important to us. The biggest highlight for us was Jerusalem. We loved seeing the old city and feeling a part of the Israeli culture. On to you...we really appreciate all you did in planning our trip of a lifetime. All was planned well and was organized. All throughout the process, you were very responsive to our emails and we knew that you really cared about our trip. We will recommend you highly to friends. Thanks again for everything.
Shelley & Ken Goldstein, Jericho, NY
Thank you for all the amazing organisation. You did everything possible to make it a wonderful tour despite what might be thrown at you - curve balls, change of minds, rain…. You are a fantastic and calm organiser and the whole amazing tour would not have been possible without your tireless hard work. And all your recommendations from the rabbi to the photographer to the places we visited on the tour. Truly a trip of a lifetime!
It surpassed all our expectations and I have been to Israel many times but not visited these places in years and there were many amazing new places to see. Harry was shocked at how truly amazing Israel was and has not stopped talking about the trip. His brother said it was the trip of a lifetime. Rabbi Jeff was fantastic and to change the day at the last minute because of bad weather was just a stroke of genius. It was such a special time that it is hard to pick out highlights. But the whole ceremony was beautifully conducted and very moving. He made it a very special Jerusalem Bar mitzvah. And my son William was very happy. I would recommend Eucalyptus restaurant to anyone for a celebration dinner. The food was awesome. Other highlights for the kids was the sifting project, the kangaroo farm, Sachne swimming (which I loved it was beautiful) and Massada of course, is always worth the climb. Adults too loved Massada. We really enjoyed the Golan Jeep Tour - something we have never done before and was so educational. We also had never been to Caperneum and that was fascinating. All of the hotels and the kibbutz were really good. All the food fantastic. Mikki was a great tour guide. He was extremely patient with all of us and all the children. He is a walking encyclopaedia and can answer any question on any subject. My husband was thrilled that he was so knowledgeable on Christianity and that he made sure to make time for the Stations of the Cross and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. And a side trip to Capernium. I cannot fault the tour in any way. As I say, it was even better than we had ever hoped. An amazing experience. We have come back with a greater understanding of Israel and would definitely recommend it and would love to go and do it all over again! Thank you once again for everything.
Rachel Twyford, Haslemere, England
Just a quick note to thank you for everything all was fantastic, the organization, hotel, tours, pick ups were like clock work. “Superb organisation thank you.”
The ceremony and Rabbi Jeff were fantastic and more than we expected. What a fantastic person Rabbi Jeff is. I cannot single out one specific highlight as they were all memorable.Just a fantastic holiday and Barmi.
Once again many thanks for everything.
Larry Wilensky, Johannesburg, South Africa
Our whole family loves Naftali. He has been amazing! Thank YOU for all your time and attention. You helped to give our family an amazing experience and certainly a memorable Bar Mitzvah. Usually by day 4, I'm ready to go home. Today, on day 11 I'm sad the trip is almost over. Toda Robah!
Michelle Krumholz, Highland Park, IL
As our trip starts to wind down, I just wanted to say thank you for arranging this fabulous trip for us! We have enjoyed every moment,
have learned so much, experienced in ways we did not imagine and are very thankful! Again, thank you again for making our trip something that will be cherished for a very long time!
Divya Cantor, Louisville KY
Because there was so much that was wonderful about the trip, I don't know where to start...We loved having Baruch as our guide. He was knowledgeable and passionate about Israel. He was engaging intellectually and open to talking about anything that we asked - from political to personal. He shared a lot about his life and family - a very personal dimension which was really fascinating to us and helped us understand contemporary life as an Israeli and a Jew in the Mid East. Historically, he was a fountain of knowledge. With the girls, Baruch was kind and playful but did not talk down to them. He treated them like the smart young women they are. He was great at engaging them with questions and keeping their attention and interest. I think traveling with Baruch was the only way to go. He was by far the best guide we have ever experienced -- both in his energy, interest, knowledge and thoughtfulness. Both Steve and I enjoyed Baruch's company as both a guide and as a friend. The Ayalon Institute was really interesting - much more so than it sounded on the itinerary. The excavation of rubble from the Temple Mount Emek Ein Zurim, was amazing -- not only did the girls find artifacts but we all loved the idea that we were uncovering fragments of antiquities. Another highlight was going to the market on a Friday afternoon -- we love marketplaces. Masada was wonderful as was the whole Bat Mitzvah experience and Rabbi Jeff. I would recommend doing this in a heartbeat to anyone thinking about making a Bat Mitzvah trip to Israel. Dead Sea was really cool and we all liked that - even in the terrible heat --- also liked the hotel you booked us at for lunch following the ceremony and the fact that the resort provided towels and showers and clean pleasant access to the Dead Sea along their private beachfront. Overall, it was one of the best trips I have taken. Israel is a magnificent place and I hope we can return soon. Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful experience for us -- despite the bombing. I am so happy that we went and look forward to coming again.
Melissa Ann Robbins, NY
Barb & I really enjoyed our time in Israel (& Jordan). At no time were Barb or I feeling anxious or afraid. Anyone who cancelled their trip because of the problems made a BIG mistake. Mickey was great. His knowledge of Israel & its history added immensely to our enjoyment of the trip. I would highly recommend your company & Mickey to anyone visiting Israel. Every hotel we stayed in was good and always in a perfect location. Thanks for all your help.
Steve and Barbara Mallins, Toronto, Canada
I want to tell you again what an amazing trip we had and what a profound and meaningful effect Israel has on all of us.
The Bar Mitzvah, the tour and Mickey as the guide were better then even imagined. We enjoyed and we learned so much.Thank you - you made the whole process and planning this event and trip so easy and you answered all my questions in such a timely and professional manner. Thank you thank you again. It truly was a trip of a lifetime.
Maura Rabiner, North Vancouver, Canada
The hotels were fantastic. The King David was the favorite hands down. We really really enjoyed the culinary tour. Too bad we felt so full so quickly despite not eating beforehand! We also enjoyed both market tours. We have an appreciation for the local foods and produce. We loved the ATV and jeep rides. The entire family loved the rappelling. Griffin and Jan did it three times.
Baruch was wonderful as usual. We can't say enough good things about him. We all wish we had more time in Israel. Thus we must return for a third trip, likely with all hikes with Baruch, possibly in the Negev and more time learning about Israeli culture. Perhaps a farm stay or time on a kibbutz?
Ransi Somaratne, Thousand Oaks, CA
The trip was fabulous. Thank you so much for doing such a great job coordinating it. Everything everywhere was ready for us wherever we went. Thank you for arranging such a perfect smooth-running Bar Mitzvah trip through Israel. We all had a wonderful time, every minute stuffed with the makings for good memories. Mickey was a great choice for our guide. He brought history to life, kept our interest… and took superb care of us. The Bar Mitzvah was very different from anything we expected. We had a good location at the end of Davidson Park. It was very picturesque. Sage did a great job, not making any mistakes reading from the Torah. The hotels were all very good. We loved the Mount Zion Hotel best. Great atmosphere, wonderful breakfasts and comfortable lounge to lounge in and check our E-mail. We all enjoyed the views from the windows and liked having to go down instead of up to our rooms, which were large and comfortable. It was an amazing trip. While Yad Vashem was overwhelming, yet important and moving, the ruins, Bell Caves, the Dead Sea, nature walks, and dolphin swim were exciting and uplifting. We also saw a lot of the borders and Valley of Tears which Mickey was passionate about. Lunch at a Druze Village was also a good choice. You did a great job preparing the tour Yael. All went well. We loved every minute. I think, for Sage, and all of us it was all we hoped it would be - a memorable happening, one that instilled in us an understanding of Israel and our heritage. Thank you again. I will definitely recommend you and your company to friends should they want to tour.
Harriett Rubins, Honeoye, NY
Sage Lilly's Bar Mitzvah
We are home safe and sound. I wanted to personally thank you for helping us organize our wonderful trip. It really was a special experience, and Yaakov was a wonderful guide and a pleasure to spend time with. The scavenger hunt was a really nice way to experience the old city. My kids loved the munitions factory and the caves that Yaakov took us too, as well as Rosh Haniqra, and the Hagishrim kibbutz was a very pleasant surprise too. All the best, and hopefully we will be booking our next trip through you for Aiden's Bar Mitzvah in two years. I'm already looking forward to my next trip to Israel.
Betty Berklee, Virginia Beach, VA
The highlight of this trip, of course, was Samantha’s Bat Mitzvah and sharing it with family. I was so happy that she choose to become Bat Mitzvah in Israel and that she choose to do it on Masada. The Rabbi was great… Our Celebration dinner was perfect. Even though there were 2 other Bar Mitzvahs in the restaurant that evening, we had great service in a small back private room. The Manager and Chef both came over to give us, and especially Sam, special attention and do the Chef’s special upside-down chicken tradition. The food was unusual, they kept the wine flowing, and it was a great recommendation. What can I say about Zamir. A lovely, well-informed, and very patient man. Our group included 3 generations from 10 to 78 and he balanced things so that the adults got the information we wanted and the children did not get too bored. I loved that he had little surprises for us on different days. Things that were not on our itinerary and that we weren’t expecting. The kids (of all ages) loved the Australian Zoo, the zip ride and Mini Israel. I think we all really appreciated the deluxe mini bus you provided. With all the driving, it allowed us each to have a window seat to view the scenery, and to spread out and be comfortable. Each time we saw a big tour bus unloading we were so grateful to have our mini bus and Zamir. And talking about patience, we didn’t see a Rest Room that we didn’t want to stop at. He became very good at pointing them out to us wherever we went. It truly felt like he got to know us. He was definitely a major plus to the trip. I have to say, I felt completely safe and not concerned at all during our trip. I had a marvelous time and just loved being in Israel. Think everyone should see it, especially Jews. It’s an “Open your Heart” experience.
Selma Proot, Cherry Hill, NJ
Thank you for everything! It was a life changing trip. The hotels were perfect. The service perfect. The food perfect. The ceremony was magical. Rabbi Jeff was great. El Al was great. We already decided to come back in two and a half years for our other daughter's bat mitzvah and hope to bring friends in addition to family. We will stay longer since school will be out and visit other parts of the country (Tel Aviv, Netanya, upper Galilee, Golan Heights and possibly Eilat). Our daughter already decided to have her Bat Mitzvah at Baram ancient synagogue. If you have any information on bat mitzvah's at this synagogue and park, it would be appreciated. We would likely have the ceremony end of June 2015. Thank you again and we look foward to booking our next trip through you in a few years. Regards and be safe,
Michael Neuwirth, Warren, NJ
We are back safe and sound. I just wanted you to know that we had an amazing trip and the Bar Mitzvah exceeded all of my expectations.
We loved Mickey! We ask a lot of questions and he was so happy to share his knowledge with us. He was a pleasure to be with and I definitely recommend him.
Some activities we didn't do because it was so hot & we wanted to get to Tel Aviv by 5:00. But Mickey told us about the history of everything. Also, he was great with conversations about politics & Israel today. Metulla, ice skating, shooting, Herod’s Palace, zip line, West Bank, dinner in Tiberias, were our favorite stops. Mt Zion was a beautiful hotel. Very special hotel! Eucalyptus was delicious and so unusual. We spoke to the chef a lot. So much tasty food. Special. Sat outside and enjoyed. Perfect place to celebrate Jacobs day. Thank you so much!
Helaine Bass, Forest Hills, NY
I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful Bar Mitzvah and Tour of Israel that you planned for us. Everyone on the trip, young and old, had an amazing time! The location of the Bar Mitzvah atop Masada was breathtaking and the celebration at Eretz Bereshit in the Judean desert---the camel rides, drummers, belly dancer and great food---was simply spectacular. Your customized itinerary was perfectly suited to our interests and having a very knowledgeable guide, competent driver and comfortable bus, made the journey a true pleasure. I also can’t thank you enough for your responsiveness to any questions or concerns that arose during the planning process. We so very much appreciated your knowledge of the sightseeing options and how to time and arrange everything to work out perfectly. Really, you could not have done a better job. Should we choose to return to Israel for the Bar Mitzvah of my second son (and we are seriously considering it), I will definitely be contacting you again.
Nancy Cagan, Mount Pleasant, SC
Our tours were incredible. Really well done! Yinon was very nice. He was very well versed and very proud of his country and heritage. My cousin had a THOUSAND questions and he answered all with a smile. We really enjoyed him. Zeev was amazing as well. His military background made us feel a bit more safe, especially when crossing the Palestinian border (what a crazy experience!). He did a very good job of keeping our group of 12 on track and made it a priority to get us back to the boat on time. I just wish we would have had a bit of time to shop in the market in Jerusalem. My family was very impressed and our days in Israel were incredibly spiritual and uplifting. Thank you again, Yael, for planning an amazing few days for us in Israel. I will most certainly recommend your company to any person thinking of visiting your beautiful country.
Jessicca Brueggeman, Palm Springs CA
The trip was exceptional. I found your choice of hotels to be excellent. The transfers were flawless. The Rabbi and the photographer that you connected us with were amazing and did such a great job. I will most definitely use your services again for my next two children. Please feel free to use my testimonial any time!!!
Charles Feldmann, Steamboat Springs, CO
We really enjoyed Meir. Very informative and very pleasant to be with. I wish we had more opportunity to use his services. We loved Petra! The tour was very well organized. Our tour guide was a great ambassador for Jordan. We only wished we could of spent more time in Petra itself. Next time I would stay in Petra at least one night.We really liked Eilat...Loved the Mt. Zion Hotel - the architecture and gardens were beautiful. Eucalyptus was excellent. Good location near our hotel. We sat upstairs in a room with another large party celebrating a bat mitzvah. The chef did a fun food "unveiling" at our table and had the bar and bat mitzvah kids participate with him - dancing around . The food was excellent. We left the restaurant stuffed!! All and all I would suggest the restaurant...Our trip went smoothly. We really enjoyed everything!!! Thanks so much for all your help!!!
Laurie Kleinman Gerber, Salinas CA
The tour was absolutely fantastic. Baruch was excellent and lived up to and beyond all expectations. Jerusalem, The dinner, the Bar Mitzvah, Dead Sea, Jeep Tour etc etc etc were fantastic. If you ever need a referral or would like to have a prospective client contact me I would be happy to tell them how flawlessly things went. In addition, I loved the ability to customize it on the fly! Thanks again I'll see you in 5 yrs. for Boy 2.
Andrew Epstein, Hoboken, NJ
We are all back from our trip in Israel. It was a wonderful trip, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. We managed to pack a lot into a short time, perhaps too much on some days, but the overall experience was a very positive one for all participants.
John Herzenberg & Merrill Chaus, Baltimore, MD
...it was absolutely wonderful. Baruch did a fabulous job, and Jared very much enjoyed his trip and learned much about Israel. I think we accomplished our goal of helping him form an attachment to Israel. The family all showed up on time for the Bar Mitzvah, and the lunch went very well. All in all, an excellent trip and we hope to visit Israel again within the next few years.
Suzie Elinger, St. Petersburg, FL
We wanted to write and thank you again for all of your help and for planning a wonderful tour. We had a fabulous experience and we are already looking forward to coming back!!! Baruch did an outstanding job as our tour guide. Everyone was so pleased. We will certainly be recommending him and Travel and Events in Israel to all of our friends and family.
Will and Sari Sheppird, Los Angeles, CA
I want to thank you for everything you did to make our Bat/Bar Mitzvah celebration and trip so wonderful! Everything went smoothly - from Masada to Jerusalem to the North, every day went as planned and we were so pleased! Baruch was a wonderful guide - we were a large and varied group and he handled that beautifully. He was enthusiastic and knowledgable and really made the history come alive! If you ever need a recommendation, I would be happy to highly recommend your services.
Again, thank you so much.
Louise Cohen, Larchmont, NY
Our trip was marvelous. Reuven was terrific. We covered a lot of ground and Reuven had some great ways to engage the kids.
Stefanie Bradie, Westborough, MA
I wanted to write and tell you how very much we enjoyed our trip to Israel. You planned and extensive and informed itinerary. We could not have asked for a more enthusiastic or more knowledgeable guide than Baruch. The trip that Baruch and you provided touched them inside and was meaningful to them. It isn't always easy or even possible to find out what is meaningful to teenagers but somehow you succeeded in doing so. This is what made it so special for us. We think that you actually succeeded in achieving what seemed to us to be a rather lofty goal at the time of instilling in our children a love for the land. That is quite an accomplishment of which you should be most proud.
Lena & Larry Kass
St. Petersburg, FL
We thoroughly enjoyed everything. Yossi was special and wonderful. He knew how to relate to every member of our family on their own level of interests and was just plain wonderful. I am still trying to put our trip into words. Yossi was amazing. Yossi treated us like family...he taught us, he protected us, he found was to save us money, he went out of his way to make sure that every
part of our tour was perfect and of course he shlepped us around.
Lois Reisman-Dunetz & Jeff Dunetz
Dix Hills, NY
On the whole we give high ratings to the trip. The guides made it....w/o them (who I compare to good college professors) the trip would be close to zero. Anybody who can afford it should get a private guide....
Far Hills, NJ