Photo: Yoni Zierler takes guests on a virtual tour of Israel from the Jewish Quarter to the Kotel.
StandWithUs Discover presents a brand-new way to experience Israel and walk the streets of Jerusalem, despite the current pandemic. And on Dec. 13, you can join one of these tours along with Neveh Shalom’s Israel360 program, Men’s Club and Sisterhood.
Broadcast directly from Jerusalem’s most famous sites, StandWithUs Discover’s exclusive hour-long “Jerusalem-LIVE!” tours offer you the chance the explore the holy city in real-time with your own private guide.
Each tour is led by Discover’s director of strategic tourism, Yoni Zierler – a master tour guide whose live tours on Facebook have been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of viewers – who will help customize each tour to best fit your group’s interests.
These tours are live and interactive via Zoom, creating an immersive experience. Anyone who has walked in the places the tour goes, can recreate the Jerusalem experience, and anyone who hasn’t will be inspired to visit. The unique part of the Jewish Quarter tour is that it ends at the Kotel, and people can email personal notes that they’ll print and insert.
StandWithUs Discover offers four tours to choose from on their “Live Tour Menu:”
Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem: Uncovering the Jewish connection to Jerusalem.
Nachlaot: A stroll through the colorful alleyways of Jerusalem’s beautifully eclectic neighborhood.
Mishkenot Sheananim: The revolutionary first neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City.
Jerusalem Strategic Tour: An exploration of the history, challenges and successes of the once-divided city.
Randy Kessler, executive director at StandWithUs Pacific Northwest, moderates tours in the region. He explains that they typically take questions via chat to minimize outside noise, but people are welcome to unmute and chat directly with the tour guide during Q&A breaks, so it can be as interactive as a real tour. Because of the time difference, the tours are typically held on Sunday mornings from 9 am to noon or weeknight evenings at 8:30 or 9 pm Pacific time.
“At the outbreak of the pandemic, StandWithUs quickly pivoted to find new and engaging ways of connecting communities around the world to Israel,” shares Randy. “I’m so excited to bring this program to Portland in partnership with Congregation Neveh Shalom! Now more than ever, we are both determined that if you can’t come to Israel, we will bring Israel to you.”
For more information on the tour offerings, visit standwithus.com/discovertours.
Jerusalem LIVE: The Jewish Quarter of the Old City
Date: Sunday, December 13
Time: 12:30 pm (10:30 pm Israel time)
To reserve your space, please register and pay at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Hqw6eqjlTwWXzpNjC8vhpQ
Fee: $10 per household
Contact: Questions about the tour or payment? Contact Michelle Caplan at firstname.lastname@example.org; or 503-246-8831.
Co-sponsored by Neveh Shalom’s Israel360, Men’s Club, and Sisterhood and StandWithUs Northwest.