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About Us

Israel Travels is the handiwork of two people: Author and travel writer Aviva Bar-Am – and tour guide/photographer Shmuel (Shmulik) Bar-Am.


Shmulik was born in Tel Aviv, and served in the Israeli army as a paratrooper.

After receiving a diploma in Israel’s foremost school of cinematography, photography and visual arts, he began working as a cameraman in Israel’s first television station (Channel One). But every spare moment was spent exploring the country from one end to the other. Thus when he left the television and received his license as a tour guide, his beloved hobby became a thoroughly satisfying day job!

Soon after marrying Shmulik, and under his passionate tutelage, American-born
Aviva began a never-ending love affair with Israel’s unique landscapes. In 1990 she
began writing weekly travel columns for the Jerusalem Post and
continues as the paper’s regular Israel travel correspondent. She has also published
seven highly successful guidebooks on Israel and lately has been contributing travel articles to the Times of Israel (http://www.timesofisrael.com)

All of Aviva’s articles and books are illustrated with Shmuel’s stunning color photographs.

 

 

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Michael, Sean, Jen, Laura and I want to thank you both for making our family trip to Israel this past December an absolutely amazing experience! We are left with wonderful memories to cherish. Your expertise and dedication to planning our trip, combined with Shmuel’s expertise as our tour guide allowed us to have a perfectly organized, fascinating, adventurous and fun family vacation! Shmuel’s energetic nature and enthusiastic personality made him a pleasure to travel with each day! We truly appreciate all that you both did for us, you had each member of our family’s best interests at heart at all times! We treasure your friendship and we can’t wait to see you again! Todah Rabah!!

Ruckenstein family