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Guides

Nathan Shapiro

Nathan Shapiro was born in 1948, ninth generation Jerusalemite. He studied Jewish History and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has guided for many years for various institutions, including the UJC, JDC, Ministry of Tourism, and more. He is experienced in the planning and arranging programs for visitors to Israel, and has also been consultant to the CRB (Bronfman Foundation) on nature, environment and youth trips to Israel, has operated a company dealing in organization of family Bar/Bat Mitzvas in Israel, and served as Director of Development and Foreign Affairs of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and later as Director of Development at DVI – Dental Volunteers for Israel.

Selected guides from Our Team Include:

Ariel Gabay

Ariel Gabay grew up on Kibbutz Mishmar HaNegev, and he served in the IDF as a paratrooper. Ariel studied at the prestigious Beit Berl Land of Israel Studies Program, completing a B.A. and receiving a license as a tour guide.  Ariel began his guiding career as group leader with the Reform Movement until he and his wife went to the U.S. as emissaries for the Jewish community of Oakland, CA. While in California, Ariel taught in Hebrew day schools, and worked on Summer Israel programs for the local federation.  Upon returning to Israel, Ariel began guiding for Ramah organization.

Ariel presently guides a wide range of groups from all over the world.

Ariel is an expert in the geography of Israel, and his educational approach incorporates the Land of Israel with Jewish sources and the dynamic history of the Jewish People.

Ariel resides in Jerusalem. He is married with two children.

Shmuel Levy

I was born and grew up in one of the authentic neighborhoods of Jerusalem, and my identity is deeply rooted in the ethos of this unique city. In the IDF I served as a combat medic in an infantry unit in the Sinai Desert. I am a graduate of the Haifa University in Philosophy and Jewish History, and I have a Second Degree in Communication from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. I am a licensed tour guide graduated in the School of the Ministry of Tourism in Jerusalem.

I have been working as a tour guide since the early 1990ies, and I have guided groups, individuals and families belonging to different cultures and religions from all over the world. I have a large and comfortable authorized van for the purposes of tourism. I live in Jerusalem area, and I am married to Esther, a social worker, and have two young sons.

Ronen Khayat

I was born and grew up in Jerusalem.

I served in the I.D.F as an officer (major) in the paratroopers prior to studying in the Hebrew University.

After receiving my degree in political science I established a small constructing business.

Later, I completed the Israeli tour guides course by the Ministry of Tourism, the “Yad-Vashem” tour guides course (Holocaust Museum and study center) and have since guided many youth delegations to Poland.

In recent years I have been guiding Jewish and Christian groups: young’s, adult, seniors and mixed groups in Israel and abroad.

 

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