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One of the reasons why I love my job so much is that I have the privilege of guiding a wide variety of guests through Israel. Journalists and media personalities, who often have special requests and wishes during their visits to this country, are also part of this mix. These guests do appreciate the personalized service, which they receive from me - combined with my special way of opening up the country before them. I believe that this is the reason why they mention me by name in their publications, once they return back to their home countries.

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One of the reasons I love my job so much is that I have the privilege of guiding a wide variety of guests through Israel. Journalists and media personalities, who often have special requests and wishes during their visits to this country, are also part of this mix. These guests do appreciate the personalized service, which they receive from me - combined with my special way of opening up the country before them. I believe that this is the reason why they mention me by name in their publications, once they return back to their home countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2016 – Indian travel writer and newspaper journalist Charukesi Ramadurai hails from the south Indian city of Bangalore. She and three of her colleagues visited Israel as guests of the Israeli Tourism Ministry, and I was lucky enough to be allowed to guide them through the country. When we visited Jerusalem, I showed my Indian guests not only the main religious and historical sites of the city, but also the little gems hidden in the tiny alleys that are located far away from the regular tourist routes. In a third article about her experiences in Israel, Charukesi describes her interaction with the locals, as well as her feelings about visiting some of the world’s holiest sites. She also discusses the virtues of the Hebrew word Balagan (disorder), and how it perfectly describes the way of life of the average Israeli citizen. The article by titled Notes from Jerusalem appeared in the Indian E-Paper LiveMint and also mentions me by name.

 

July 2016 – Indian travel writer and newspaper journalist Charukesi Ramadurai hails from the south Indian city of Bangalore. She and three of her colleagues visited Israel as guests of the Israeli Tourism Ministry, and I was lucky enough to be allowed to guide them through the country. When we visited Jerusalem, I showed my Indian guests not only the main religious and historical sites of the city, but also the little gems hidden in the tiny alleys that are located far away from the regular tourist routes. In a third article about her experiences in Israel, Charukesi describes her interaction with the locals, as well as her feelings about visiting some of the world’s holiest sites. She also discusses the virtues of the Hebrew word Balagan (disorder), and how it perfectly describes the way of life of the average Israeli citizen. The article by titled Notes from Jerusalem appeared in the Indian E-Paper LiveMint and also mentions me by name.

 

 

 

 

June 2016 - Indian travel writer and freelance journalist Anurag Mallick from Bangalore is touring Israel with three Indian colleagues as a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. In his article titled Notes from Israel: So long and thanks for all the hummus, Anurag describes his experiences in Israel as a visitor from India. The article, which appeared in The New Indian Express, mentions me by name as Anurag's Tour Guide. I can say that I truly enjoyed reliving our amazing journey while reading his article.

June 2016 - Indian travel writer and freelance journalist Anurag Mallick from Bangalore is touring Israel with three Indian colleagues as a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. In his article titled Notes from Israel: So long and thanks for all the hummus, Anurag describes his experiences in Israel as a visitor from India. The article, which appeared in The New Indian Express, mentions me by name as Anurag's Tour Guide. I can say that I truly enjoyed reliving our amazing journey while reading his article.

 

 

 

June 2016 - Indian freelance journalist Charukesi Ramadurai visits Israel with three of her colleagues as a guest of the Tourism Ministry. In a second article about her experiences in this country, she describes her search for native Israeli cuisine and how she eventually discovers that Israeli dishes vary not according to region, but - this being a country of immigrants - according to everybody's roots. The article What's cooking in Israel appeared in The Hindu BusinessLine and mentions me by name.

 

June 2016 - Indian freelance journalist Charukesi Ramadurai visits Israel with three of her colleagues as a guest of the Tourism Ministry. In a second article about her experiences in this country, she describes her search for native Israeli cuisine and how she eventually discovers that Israeli dishes vary not according to region, but - this being a country of immigrants - according to everybody's roots. The article What's cooking in Israel appeared in The Hindu BusinessLine and mentions me by name.

 

 

 

June 2016 - Charukesi Ramadurai is an English-language journalist from the South Indian city of Bangalore. Together with three Indian colleagues she visited Israel as a guest of the Tourism Ministry. My job was to show the group around Israel's northern region of the Galilee, while putting an emphasis on Israeli cuisine. Nevertheless, neither Jerusalem nor Tel Aviv were missing from our eight-day itinerary, allowing Charukesi and her colleagues to get the full picture of Israel's diversity as a travel destination. After returning back home, she wrote an article titled Notes from Tel Aviv in the Indian daily newspaper The Hindu, in which I am mentioned by name.

June 2016 - Charukesi Ramadurai is an English-language journalist from the South Indian city of Bangalore. Together with three Indian colleagues she visited Israel as a guest of the Tourism Ministry. My job was to show the group around Israel's northern region of the Galilee, while putting an emphasis on Israeli cuisine. Nevertheless, neither Jerusalem nor Tel Aviv were missing from our eight-day itinerary, allowing Charukesi and her colleagues to get the full picture of Israel's diversity as a travel destination. After returning back home, she wrote an article titled Notes from Tel Aviv in the Indian daily newspaper The Hindu, in which I am mentioned by name.

December 2016 - Doug Stephan is an American radio talk show host, who has visited Israel several times already. This time he visited the country order to broadcast his daily show from here. During that week, I had the opportunity to guide Doug in various sites in the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv area. As it turned out, he is a very open-minded, curious and extremely knowledgeable person, which made the time we spent together especially interesting. On the last day of his stay in Israel, he interviewed me on his talk show, which is called On Air with Doug, Jen and Victoria.

 

December 2016 - Doug Stephan is an American radio talk show host, who has visited Israel several times already. This time he visited the country order to broadcast his daily show from here. During that week, I had the opportunity to guide Doug in various sites in the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv area. As it turned out, he is a very open-minded, curious and extremely knowledgeable person, which made the time we spent together especially interesting. On the last day of his stay in Israel, he interviewed me on his talk show, which is called On Air with Doug, Jen and Victoria.

 

 

November 2016 - Birgit Querengäßer, Journalist for German Women's Magazine "Jolie", visits Tel Aviv in order to write an article about vegan life in Israel. Together, we criss-cross the city and visit an organic farm outside of Tel Aviv. To my great surprise, I learn that the vegan lifestyle has become a global movement and that Tel Aviv is very much at the epicenter of it. To top it off, I take Birgit to Jerusalem, where we sample the hummus at various restaurants in the Old City. At the end of the trip, she is convinced that Israel is a vegetarian's paradise, which is exactly the title of her article Im Veggie-Paradies, which appeared in February 2017 and which mentioned me by name.

 

November 2016 - Birgit Querengäßer, Journalist for German Women's Magazine "Jolie", visits Tel Aviv in order to write an article about vegan life in Israel. Together, we criss-cross the city and visit an organic farm outside of Tel Aviv. To my great surprise, I learn that the vegan lifestyle has become a global movement and that Tel Aviv is very much at the epicenter of it. To top it off, I take Birgit to Jerusalem, where we sample the hummus at various restaurants in the Old City. At the end of the trip, she is convinced that Israel is a vegetarian's paradise, which is exactly the title of her article Im Veggie-Paradies, which appeared in February 2017 and which mentioned me by name.

 

September 2016 - Rainer Heubeck is one of five German journalists who have been invited to Israel by the Tourism Ministry. As their official tour guide, I have the opportunity to show the group some amazing Israeli sites and locations in a tour called Three Climate Zones in Five Days. After his journey, Rainer writes an article in the German newspaper Neue Westfälische Zeitung called Salzwüsten, Sümpfe und biblische Orte, which translates as Salt Deserts, Swamps and Biblical Sites. In his article he describes his experiences in the Judean Desert, the Ein Gedi Desert Oasis and the Hula Nature Reserve. I am especially honored by the fact that I was mentioned in this article by name.

 

September 2016 - Rainer Heubeck is one of five German journalists who have been invited to Israel by the Tourism Ministry. As their official tour guide, I have the opportunity to show the group some amazing Israeli sites and locations in a tour called Three Climate Zones in Five Days. After his journey, Rainer writes an article in the German newspaper Neue Westfälische Zeitung called Salzwüsten, Sümpfe und biblische Orte, which translates as Salt Deserts, Swamps and Biblical Sites. In his article he describes his experiences in the Judean Desert, the Ein Gedi Desert Oasis and the Hula Nature Reserve. I am especially honored by the fact that I was mentioned in this article by name.

 

 

September 2016 - I have the great pleasure of guiding five journalists from Germany through Israel. Although the theme of this government-sponsored tour had been Three Climate Zones in Five Days, the guests were just as interested in the day-to-day life of Israelis and in the country's political issues. This article by journalist Corinna Kuhs was published in the German newspaper Aachener Zeitung und Nachrichten. Its title Die Gegensätze machen den Zauber Israels aus is best translated as It is the contrasts that make Israel such a magical place. I was especially pleased and honored that Corinna made a point of mentioning me by name in the article.

 

 

September 2016 - I have the great pleasure of guiding five journalists from Germany through Israel. Although the theme of this government-sponsored tour had been Three Climate Zones in Five Days, the guests were just as interested in the day-to-day life of Israelis and in the country's political issues. This article by journalist Corinna Kuhs was published in the German newspaper Aachener Zeitung und Nachrichten. Its title Die Gegensätze machen den Zauber Israels aus is best translated as It is the contrasts that make Israel such a magical place. I was especially pleased and honored that Corinna made a point of mentioning me by name in the article.

 

September 2016 - a wedding takes place in the far-northern Israeli town of Nahariya. Hadas, the bride, is from Israel while Hans, the groom, is from Austria. Where did the two meet? In India! It was a true honor to have been tasked with the organization and execution of an Israel-tour for the groom's Austrian friends and family, most of whom had never been to this country. After returning back home, Andreas Rath wrote a newspaper article about the trip and about the magical wedding, which I was also invited to. The article's name is Eine spezielle Hochzeit in Israel, which translates as A special wedding in Israel.

 

September 2016 - a wedding takes place in the far-northern Israeli town of Nahariya. Hadas, the bride, is from Israel while Hans, the groom, is from Austria. Where did the two meet? In India! It was a true honor to have been tasked with the organization and execution of an Israel-tour for the groom's Austrian friends and family, most of whom had never been to this country. After returning back home, Andreas Rath wrote a newspaper article about the trip and about the magical wedding, which I was also invited to. The article's name is Eine spezielle Hochzeit in Israel, which translates as A special wedding in Israel.

February 2016 - Markus Rosch, foreign correspondent of Germany's main public broadcasting station  ARD gives me a call. He asks whether he can interview me for the video-blog of the daily news-show Tagesschau. On what topic? On Masada - the mountaintop fortress built by King Herod the Great in the Judean Desert 2000 years ago. Being that I had never stood in front of a camera before, I was understandably a bit nervous. How did I fare? Find out for yourself by watching the video-blog episode called Mythos Masada, which translates as The Masada Myth.

 

February 2016 - Markus Rosch, foreign correspondent of Germany's main public broadcasting station  ARD gives me a call. He asks whether he can interview me for the video-blog of the daily news-show Tagesschau. On what topic? On Masada - the mountaintop fortress built by King Herod the Great in the Judean Desert 2000 years ago. Being that I had never stood in front of a camera before, I was understandably a bit nervous. How did I fare? Find out for yourself by watching the video-blog episode called Mythos Masada, which translates as The Masada Myth.

 

 

November of 2015 - A group of teachers from Bavaria, Germany comes to visit Israel. As it turns out, this is not only a group of colleagues, but also a group of friends who have been going on annual trips together for the past 17 years.  Together we spent a week touring Israel from north to south. At the end of the trip, the tour leader Wolfgang Lippert took me to the side and said: Ofer, me and my colleagues have been going on trips together since 17 years. But we have never had such a good time as on your trip. After the group returned home, their local newspaper published an article, which also mentioned me by name. The title of the article was Wo Jesus wirkte und Krieg tobte, which translates as Where Jesus walked and where wars were waged. 

 

 

November of 2015 - A group of teachers from Bavaria, Germany comes to visit Israel. As it turns out, this is not only a group of colleagues, but also a group of friends who have been going on annual trips together for the past 17 years.  Together we spent a week touring Israel from north to south. At the end of the trip, the tour leader Wolfgang Lippert took me to the side and said: Ofer, me and my colleagues have been going on trips together since 17 years. But we have never had such a good time as on your trip. After the group returned home, their local newspaper published an article, which also mentioned me by name. The title of the article was Wo Jesus wirkte und Krieg tobte, which translates as Where Jesus walked and where wars were waged.