Tour Guides

Meet our tour guides at America Israel Tours

Expertise

Expect to be guided by the most knowledgeable professionals in the travel industry. Our guides are experts not only in Israel's ancient history and biblical events, but also have all the inside information of the current events and findings.

Friendliness

Our tour guides are exceptionally friendly and accommodating. It is important to us that each traveler receives personal attention and care from our tour guides as well as from our local staff.

Safety

Your safety is our top priority and our tour guides play a major role in that. Our guides are consistently updated by the Israel authorities in case anything needs to be altered due to safety concerns.

Israel Tour Guides

Yoram Black

Yoram Black

Yoram Black is a native Israeli. Yoram served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Israeli Army and has a BA in International Relations and Political Science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. After finishing his studies at the Hebrew University, Yoram served the State of Israel in various positions abroad. After returning to Israel, Yoram decided to turn his love and passion of Israel and its people into a profession and became a licensed tour guide by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. As a guide, Yoram is known for his ability to connect to all tourists and lead groups and individuals through the land of the Bible while serving as an educator at the same time. Yoram is married to his wife, Tamar, and is the father of three children.

Location: Israel


Lital Anavim

Lital Anavim

Lital Anavim was born and raised in Jerusalem, leaving now she in a Kibbutz in the Judean hills. She served at the field intelligence unit of the Israeli army until 2002. Graduated (BA) in communication and business management at the College Of Management Academic Studies. She received her license as a tour guide from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She also took a course in Second Temple Period and Christian Theology. Lital is an experienced tour guide of pilgrim groups, both Jewish and Christian, especially Protestants. What excites her most about guiding Pilgrim groups, is the shared journey of discovering the connection between the scriptures and the various sites, between dreams, faith and hopes of the visitor, and the breathtaking views of the land of Israel, where our forefathers dwelt, views that have not changed for thousands of years.

Location: Israel


Barack Berkovich

Barack Berkovich

His passion for travelling began while he was wandering around the world. Mesmerized by the variety of food, cultures, colors that captured his attention everywhere he went. Once he was back in Israel, it struck him that although he could find his way through the jungles of China, he wasn't even close to really knowing his own country, Israel. While deliberating about his career, his wife suggested he should apply to be a tour guide and take a course which was due to open in Haifa. He didn't think twice about accepting the challenge that has since then completely transformed his life. In his tours, Barack does his best to create a fun experience while learning about the sites. He truly believes one should listen to and follow his heart if he strives for happiness in life! Barack is a certified tour guide since 2011, with vast experience with Christian pilgrimage groups, Biblical tours, youth groups and regional tours.

Location: Israel


Bruce Avishai

Bruce Avishai

Bruce lived in the Boston, Massachusetts area and later graduated from Rutgers College with a degree in Political Science. He immigrated to Israel in 1972, where he has lived on a kibbutz (communal village), worked as a guide in the Sinai desert, maintained a private farm for 10 years, and finally became a professional guide in 1991. Bruce’s first impression of Israel was that it is a most unique and sometimes indescribable place to be. Bruce’s personal journey and growth as a professional guide have only reinforced those feelings. He always desires to try to show people Israel’s “uniqueness”, in order for them to have true and lasting impressions of Israel. Bruce resides in Rehovot, just south of Tel Aviv, is a father of 3, and grandfather of 5. “My favorite northern site is the observation point on Mount Arbel which allows one to view the entire north of Israel and is an incredible place for prayer. My southern favorite site is Masada with its striking desert atmosphere and historical message for all”.

Location: Israel


Tamar Rozanes

Tamar Rozanes

Tamar is a native Israeli and has been guiding groups in Israel since 1987. She has guided a variety of tourist groups throughout Israel including Christian Tours for both Protestants and Catholics, in-depth educational tours with cultural connections, as well as Christian-Jewish journeys. Throughout the years, Tamar has guided people from all over the world, but her specialty is with tour groups from the Philippines and the U.S.A. Tamar served in the IDF military service as an aerial photographer and received degrees in Latino-American studies and the History of Theater at the Hebrew University. She currently resides in Jerusalem and has four children and one grandchild. Tamar’s favorite sight is Masada because it is a symbol of Jewish bravery and heroism which is surpassed by no other in Israel.

Location: Israel


Yeshay Sabag (Jesse)

Yeshay Sabag (Jesse)

Yeshay was born and raised in Moshav Avigdor, in the Judaean foothills. His father used to work as a tour guide as a part-time job and Yeshay accompanied him from a very early age. While in high school he volunteered at SPNI (Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel) and received the Education Ministry’s tour guiding permit where he gained skills in orienteering, survival and deeper knowledge about Israel’s geography. He served in the IDF Elite Forces unit from 2001-2004 and received a Merit Award for his acts. After a year of backpacking it was only natural for Yeshay to follow the footstep of his father and to become a tour guide. Yeshay completed his tour guide training course by Israel’s “Ministry of Tourism” in 2007 and he has guided groups in Israel from all over the world as a licensed guide ever since. He holds an additional certification in rappelling, rock climbing and outdoor training from the Wingate Institute, Israel’s premier sports authority and training center.

Location: Israel


Yair Amichay

Yair Amichay

Yair is a native Israeli and was born and raised in Tel Aviv. He finished his army service in 2001 with the rank of a Major. After the army, Yair traveled for a year but came back to Israel with the aspiration of turning the love of his country into a career. In 2003 he enrolled in a tour guide’s course and graduated successfully in the following year. He has since been guiding and leading groups all over Israel. Yair decided to broaden his knowledge and received a bachelor’s degree in History and Archaeology at the Tel Aviv University in 2009. He has worked with many different groups of various orientations, from Archaeological oriented tours to religious oriented tours. Yair specializes in Judaism, Christianity, Archaeology, History and Contemporary issues.

Location: Israel


Danny Appleboum

Danny Appleboum

Danny is a native Israeli who was born in Tel Aviv in 1950 to a family of pioneers who arrived on the shores of what was then Palestine in 1878. They were among the founders of the towns of Zikron Yaakov and Petach Tikva. As a 4th generation “Sabra” (native), he is steeped in the tradition of thousands of years of history in this fascinating country. Danny began guiding groups in 1971. His principal interests have always been the history and geography of Israel. He joined the I.D.F (Israeli Defense Forces) in 1968 and reached the rank of Sergeant Major in the 890th paratrooper’s unit. After he finished his service, Danny studied history and archeology at the Tel Aviv University, and then continued on to the 2-year tour guiding course. Danny has guided and escorted families, as well as Christian and Jewish groups around the country. He currently lives in Kfar Shmaryahu and is a father of two and grandfather to three. Danny’s favorite sight in Israel is the Western Wall in Jerusalem. It is the epitome of everything he loves most – history, archeology, and spirituality.

Location: Israel


Yaacov Kuc

Yaacov Kuc

Yaacov Kuc was born in Argentina, but made Aliyah (immigrated) to Israel in 1961. Upon his arrival, he moved to a kibbutz in the Upper Galilee. He served as an officer in a special paratroopers unit in the army and continued with the dedicated Reserves duty until the age of 45. Since Yaacov always loved touring the country with his family and friends, after retiring he turned to what he really loved and became a tour guide in 2000. Yaacov states that, “my deepest desire is to show everyone the real Israel.” Yaacov currently resides in Kfar Maas, is a father of 3, and grandfather of 5. In Yaacov’s eyes, every site in Israel is most important, however since he is most passionate about the origin of the religions in this area, his favorite city is Jerusalem.

Location: Israel


Shlomo Eyal

Shlomo Eyal

Shlomo was born in Israel in 1955 and grew up in Jerusalem. He was an officer in the paratrooper’s brigade and a medical officer in the Israeli Army. After finished his service Shlomo went on to receive his degree in history and archeology from Jerusalem Hebrew University. Shlomo began guiding in 1977 in the Sinai Desert, and became a licensed tour guide in Israel in 1980. Being an expert in theology Shlomo guides groups all around the world including Turkey and Greece, where he leads the 7 Churches of Revelations tours and the footsteps of St. Paul’s. Shlomo and his wife reside with their 3 kids in Jerusalem - their favorite city in Israel.

Location: Israel


Yasser Hussein

Yasser Hussein

Yasser was in born in Cairo in 1971. In 1996 Yasser graduated from the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels and has enjoyed working as a tour guide since 1998. He has had the pleasure of leading many American and British tour groups, specializing in Biblical, Academic, and Pilgrimage groups. During the past 15 years, Yasser has also assisted major production companies while they shoot films about Egypt. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, engaging in desert safaris, camping, reading, and spending time with his wife, daughter, and 2 sons. Yasser’s favorite site in Egypt is Luxor. He describes it as an open air museum involving 7,000 years of fascinating history.

Location: Egypt


Osama Tawfik

Osama Tawfik

Osama Tawfik was born and raised up in Egypt, Land of the Pharaohs. He points out that it is the Land of the Bible, as well, with over 7000 years of history. Osama studied Egyptology and tourist guidance for 4 years after high school and has almost 20 years of experience in the tourism field. He is an English speaking tour guide, who works mostly with US citizens. Osama’s favorite site in Egypt is the Egyptian museum. He describes it as having the richest Egyptian collection ever from all different time periods. According to Osama, “there are some interesting and biblical related pieces as well ...come and see!”

Location: Egypt


Elias Khzouz

Elias Khzouz

Elias was born in Jordan's capital city of Amman in 1966. He was raised in Madaba, which is known as the city of Mosaics. As a Catholic he received his first education with the Franciscan fathers. Elias graduated from the University of Jordan, where he earned a B.A. in English Language and Literature as well as a Diploma of Political Science. He became a tour guide in 1992 and has worked with a number of British, Australian, and American tour operators in Jordan, leading groups of many different interests. Elias finds joy in travelling the country and showing visitors the great culture of Jordan. He is a man of many hobbies and enjoys Arabic art culture, calligraphy, music, and above all, talking to people and educating them. Elias' views Petra as Jordan's great site, but says that he can picture himself always living among the mosaics of Madaba.

Location: Jordan


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