About Us

So much more than a travel company

Authentic Israel is a full service tour operator offering both custom tours and pre-organized experiences in Israel and beyond. Trust, reliability, and fairness are our guiding principles, and we strive to provide thought-provoking and meaningful travel that you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

 

OVERVIEW

Our Commitment

We understand that travel to Israel is unlike any other destination – which is why your choice of a program provider is the single most important decision you’ll make. When you travel with Authentic Israel you can feel confident knowing that every program we offer is organized in-house by our own caring staff team. We are not agents, we’re not an online company, and we will not be transferring you elsewhere. What we will do is provide you with a rich experience that is well designed, well organized and always offered at a fair value upfront.

With headquarters adjacent to Ben Gurion Airport in Israel and with a North American office based in Washington, DC, our full staff team is able to provide you with a higher level of service before and during your travels. Expect more with us.

Our Family of Brands

Authentic Israel organizes travel experiences for a wide variety of ages, some of which are offered under separate project names as follows:

Israel Outdoors is a leading organizer of free, 10-day trips through the Birthright Israel initiative. Open to Jewish young adults, 18-26, who have never been to Israel on a peer program, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Israel Outdoors

 

BBYO Passport is the leading provider of worldwide travel experiences for Jewish teens of all backgrounds. Organized in partnership with BBYO, the programs combine educational touring, cross-cultural exploration and local Jewish experiences.

BBYO Passport

 

Israel Outdoors NEXT is an official provider of generously-subsidized programs for young adults, ages 18-30. Program options range from four weeks to ten months, and include opportunities for volunteering, teaching and interning in Israel.

 

Set in picturesque landscapes across the USA, Trybal Gatherings hosts creative getaways where you can play like a kid, party like a grown up, and plug into a dynamic community.

 

Book activities, day tours and multi-day excursions in Israel and neighboring countries on our iBookIsrael platform. Choose from an array of in-house and 3rd party experiences.

Part of the Tlalim Group

Authentic Israel is part of the Tlalim Group, an Israeli organization involved in activities as diverse as tourism, multi-media entertainment, instructional education and technology. The original roots of Tlalim are in experiential education, and we are proud to positively impact the future of the Jewish People through our diverse experiences.

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ADVANTAGES

In a world of dizzying online options, making a choice can seem challenging. But Authentic Israel is not just any travel company with a website. We’re a full service tour operator staffed by committed professionals, which means we can provide you with a higher level of customer support, reliability and value. But don’t just take our word for it! We have a track record spanning three decades, and we’ll be happy to connect you with references who can speak to the Authentic Israel advantage.

Going Local

We organize our travel programs in-house – we’re not travel agents – which means we can provide you with a higher level of service, reliability and value.

A Real Track Record

We bring three decades of expertise in the field, and you can count on us to deliver, because our long term reputation is what has always counted most.

Authentic Experiences

True to our name, we strive to provide experiences beyond the standard sites – fostering meaningful connections to the history, culture and beauty of Israel.

No Hidden Costs

Like you, we don’t appreciate programs with hidden costs or sneaky terms – you’ll always know what you’re getting from us with language you can easily understand.

Open Perspectives

Our open-to-the-public programs are designed to share Israel through the lens of Jewish history and life without any particular religious or political approach.

Single Point of Contact

For our custom tours, we assign a dedicated program manager because we know that having a single point of contact means a smoother planning process for you.

Exceptional Value

As a leading Israeli tour operator, you’ll benefit from the most competitive rates in the field – which means lower overall travel costs for you without corners being cut.

Israel and Beyond

Although Israel is our focus, we also organize travel experiences on 5 continents – from short stopover tours to standalone experiences in one of 18 countries we cover annually.

TEAM

Passionate and caring staff are at the heart of every travel experience we organize. Plan your travels with the comfort of knowing you’ll be supported by a team of professionals based in North America and Israel who care about your well-being like family. Before we have the honor to welcome you, take a moment to learn about us:

Israel Office

Located adjacent to Ben Gurion Airport, our Israel office serves as the base of our operations team and as our worldwide headquarters.

Moshe Porat

Founder

Roi Porat

Managing Director

Ian Dirnfeld

Sales Manager

Adrian Simons

Director of Authentic Europe

Guy Har-Nir

Director of Educational Operations

Efrat Lavi

Director of Guides & Educational Programming

Tal Porat-Mizrahi

Human Resources Director, Israel Office

Raz Ein Gil

Operation Manager, Custom Groups

Yifat Issachar

Operations Director of Israel Outdoors

Osnat Spiegel

Director, Israel Office

Amir Tal

Director, ibookIsrael

Henry Jakubowicz

Director, ibookIsrael

Ora Geller

Tour Operator, Israel Family Journey and My Turn in Israel

Maya Korkos

Manager, Individual and Family Groups

Revital Lavi

Internship Placement Coordinator, Israel Outdoors NEXT

Ishay Amrani

Coordinator-Purchasing & Hotel Accommodations

Katie Frankel

Tour Operator, Authentic Europe

Talia Spear

Project Manager, BBYO Passport

Natalie Bartfeld

Tour Operator, Custom Groups

Adam Lissek

Tour Operator, Custom Groups

Noa Kaufman

Tour Operator, Custom Groups

Shira Sharp

Tour Operator, Custom Groups

North American Office

Located in Washington, DC, our North American office provides local support to our travelers from the United States and Canada.

Avi Green

Managing Director

Nate Edelstein

Director, Israel Outdoors

Aaron Robbin

Director, BBYO Passport

Lauren Krol

Registration Director – Israel Outdoors

Batya Abelman

Sr. Program Director

Malina Jacobowitz

Director of Marketing

Bonnie Shoval

Program Manager

Elkana Bar Ethan

Director of Israel Outdoors NEXT US office

Our Family of Guides

Central to a meaningful experience is the role of the guide. We work with a diverse spectrum of licensed professional guides whose passion for sharing the beauty of Israel is infectious.

Adele Bassin

Einav Ayalon

Shakked Be’ery

Gadi Ben Aharon

Gadi Ben Dov

Adam Bodenstein

Asaf Brav

Liat Bussiba

Dima Gohshtet

Libbi Cohen

Nadav Dori

Tete Greenberg

Shimi Edrey

Ran Eliyahu

Irad Fenical

Hagai Gov

Menash Golan

Yinon Kahalani

Pauline Kelef

Uriel Kremer

Erez Landau

Hila Madar

Michael Mashawi

Ohad Mass

Hillel Meyer

Batsheva Miller

Zack Novak

Einat Nuri

Elaun Rave

Itay Rotem

Yaacov Shabbat

Mark Shapira

Moran Waysberg

PARTNERS


We are honored to have earned the trust of a wide range of organizations who look to Authentic Israel as their travel program partner. Whether big or small, we understand that each organization we serve brings unique goals and considerations — and we work collaboratively to design custom travel programs that bring their visions to reality.

We are especially proud to count these national organizations among our clients and partners:

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Become a Partner

Please fill out the following form if you are interested in becoming a partner.

VALUES

We are uniquely privileged to share the beauty of Israel with thousands of travelers annually. We believe in the importance of our work, which is inspired by values that include:

Kol Yisrael Arevim Ze laZe

Being Responsible for One Another
We believe that strengthening the ties between the people of Israel and Jews around the globe is vital to the well-being of the world itself.

Tikkun Olam

Healing the World
We strive to organize programs that not only provide an experience in Israel but also an opportunity to contribute to the society in meaningful ways.

K’lal Israel

Fostering Jewish Inclusiveness
We welcome all perspectives and experiences on our programs, and cherish the opportunity to host individuals with diverse points of view.

Ohr L’Amim

Being a Light unto the Nations
We recognize the need to be a source for good in the world, and we actively seek opportunities to foster co-existence on the journeys we host.

Eretz Zavat Halav U’Dvash

Protecting a Land of Milk & Honey
We are deeply appreciative of Israel’s natural beauty, and we cherish the opportunity to share and protect this most precious resource.

CONTACT

Contact us today to start planning your own travel experience with Authentic Israel! References are always available upon request.

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Israel Office

3 Ariel Sharon
Or Yehuda, 60200 ISRAEL
Tel: 011-972-3-630-6300
Fax: 011-972-3-730-6722

North America Office

5185 MacArthur Blvd, NW #640
Washington, DC 20016
Tel: 202-537-6056
Fax: 202-315-3269

Email

info@authenticisrael.com

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