again thanks for your hospitality. I also want to thank both u and Mark for making
the Loebenberg trip well planned and enjoyable. I know they had a good time, so
much so that Wally keeps telling me how much better this trip was than any one
that I had ever taken him on!!!!!!!!!!!
Nice guy my friend
Hi! It's Lindsey. I just wanted to drop a little note to let you know how much
fun I had with you in Israel. Honestly, after travelling in Israel three times,
I was a little apprehensive about having a tour guide especially because I figured
that I would see the same things over and over again. I was very surprised that
I could learn so much and have so much fun. The three days we spent with you were
like no other tour I have been on. I learned so much from the information and
explanations that you gave to us, and I was really interested in what you had
to say. It was definitely one of the most educational experiences I have had.
Thank you so much,
It was a wonderful trip and a great experience for the children.
You made quite an impression on them and they miss you very much. Israel also
left them with a great impression thanks in part to you.
All in all the trip
was a great success and we wanrted to thank you for the help, guidance and friendship.
You are a real professional.
We just got back and I wanted to share with you our thanks for making such a wonderful
trip to Israel for all of us. Sorry that we didn't get to spend more time with
you but everthing else worked out great. Avi was terrific, an excellent choice
for our families, the kids loved him and his personality and approach fit so well
with all of us. The pace, site selections and all the little details were well
planned and handled by you and Avi. . . . Overall it was all that I hoped for,
an experience that our children and the adults will remember for years to come
and a stimulus for us all to visit again in the future.
Thanks again for the
More to come soon.
Hi! Are you still vertical after your grueling peri-chanukah tour guide marathon?
We are still raving about you to anyone who will listen. The trip was such a marvelous
combination of experiences, from those we had anticipated eagerly from the first
time we saw the proposed itinerary, to those that were unexpected -- like the
by-trip to "Moses tomb", or the backroad through the Judean desert,
or the Kibbutz full of animals! Your mix of knowing what you wanted to do, and
how to get it done, and flexibility is truly special, not to mention the fact
that you are more energetic, hepatitis not withstanding, than we are -- and that
is truly unusual. The kids loved you and I think by association, have become excited
about archaeology and ancient history, and can appreciate the Torah as alive in
the Israeli soil and air! That gift from you to them is one I especially value.
Alex could tell me the place each of her rocks came from, and why it was special
as we made up a display for her teacher today!
I hope you are well. Take care,
and again, thanks so very much.
What a trip! The reviews are all in, and words like "Awesome",
"Unbelievable" , "Special", "Amazing", "Phenominal",
are just a few of the words that have been used to describe this trip. This was
a once in a lifetime opportunity that we all made into a realiity. You were the
perfect addition to our family, and you found a way to appeal to every age group
and religious outlook. You know your stuff, and you helped make it my best trip
to Israel (out of 8). Thanks for going the extra mile (except that one hike where
there were a few extra miles). Thank you also for helping us all to reaffirm our
tradition of strong Zionism and to pass it on to all of our family members (especially
You too, keep up the good work!!!
Thanks for your note. We got home and spent the first week getting
re-adjusted to 'normal' life. We had to get Becca ready for Camp Galil and Gabe
into the routine of his day camp.
We are slowly assimilating all the diverse
experiences of our visit. Looking at our pictures helps remind us of the sensory
feast we had. It is such a different environment than the East coast of the States.
Our travels to the south were wonderful. The day with David was full and varied,
ending at the edge of the crater at sunset!! He was all we hoped a guide would
be. With humor, knowledge,genuine affection for kids and a kind manner it was
hard to part after just one day because we were so hungry for just this. . . .
The tour of the crater the next day was amazing. Ilan Hadar was a knowledgable
and personable guide whose enthusiasm for the geology was infectious. It is an
inspiring place where Time is encapsulated. We will never forget this place where
time is traced back 200 million years.
. . . We hope to return to Israel
within a few years and will be in touch well in advance so a more appropriate
guide can be arranged-we're hoping that would be you if you're still doing that
end of the 'touring biz'!! Thank you again for driving down to see us. We know
it was a shlep for you but we were so glad to finally meet you . You put a lot
of time and effort into setting this up for us and you did a great job. We wish
you good health and all good things.
Dan, Deb, Becca and Gabe
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We had a wonderful time in Israel. The itinerary that you planned
was truly extraordinary. We would be extremely happy to refer any and all to you
and would be happy to act as a reference. . .
We are the perfect people to ask about an extended family, and Bar-Mitzvah Trip
to Israel. We been there and done that.
David Bellein was great. We discovered
him (luckily) about 6 months before our trip. We e-mailed him back and forth about
ideas and info about our family. He was always efficient and friendly and knowledgable.
He payed attention to every special need that our family presented.
are in charge of this trip, Good Luck! Trying to satisfy 25 people with varying
ages,religious necessitites, and likes or dislikes, is near impossible. Family
meetings, e-mail allover the country, phone calls, faxes, wow.
But, if you
hire David Bellin, he can put it all into perspective, and his experience is so
vast that he can forsee any possible pitfalls in your plan. He is flexible and
easy to work with, and you will also find that he's a hell of a guy in general.
He didn't warn me that you would be e-mailing me, and I have no obligation to
say anything nice about anyone.
Our trip to Israel, was a once in a lifetime
opportunity that will never be forgotten by anyone in our family.
thing you should do is start to get ideas of cool places to go from friends, relatives,
books, and the internet. Then try to gear your trip to satisfy as many people
as possible. Go for the best of everything if it's feasible because this kind
of trip doesn't happen too often. Most importantly, try to choose places and events
that start to instill a Zionistic Feeling in the young people on the trip. Make
sure to do fun things, and go to interesting restaurants.
If you choose to
use David Bellin, you will be very satisfied, and he'll help you make a trip that
will be a special part of your family history for a long time.
Have a great
We are basking in the afterglow and INNERglow of our trip. We hope to continue
the wonderful process of growth begun in Israel.
Thanks again for your key
role in this wonderful time in our lives and our family.
Rita, et al."
Just wanted to let you know that we all arrived home safely today
and to thank you again for making this trip so special. As our trip neared its
end we realized the extent of the value of having you involved in our plans. I
don't know what we would have done without you. I really didn't know what to expect
as I began setting this up with you, but the real thing exceeded my expectations
Also, I want to especially thank you for your suggestion to get someone
to help us through check-in at the airport. When you initially suggested it, it
didn't seem too important to me at the time. As things turned out, it was essential.
I loved the fact that you paid such great attention to detail. You are so thorough
and everything is covered so carefully. It is a rare pleasure to work with someone
who is so ttentive! Those who work for you must count it a great pleasure!
You made this a memorable trip for our family. I think other family members were
a little hesitant initially, maybe concerned about cost. But by the end of the
trip everyone, without exception, was so pleased with every part of what you planned.
If anyone ever asks a reference from someone you have planned a trip for, please
don't hesitate to give them my name It would be an honor to steer someone your
recovery from jet lag has been gradual, but steady. We found ourselves hitting
brick walls of consciousness on Friday and Shabbat, and waking at odd hours of
the morning. Seems we’re close to normal at this point.
you profoundly for all you gave us the last couple of weeks; the
messages are still resounding and will continue to do so for a long time to come.
I too very much hope we will stay in touch going forward.
your ears have been red the last couple of days the explanation may our singing
of your praises to anyone and everyone who asked about our trip.
Your services at Ben Gurion, whisking us through the various checkpoints (particularly
on the way out) were executing beautifully and were greatly appreciated. The young
gentleman (I forgot his name; sorry) who navigated us through was polite, courteous,
efficient and highly effective.
has not been a single day since returning that Murray and I haven't talked about
our wonderful trip to Israel. We wish we were still in Israel!
thanks so very much to both you and Hillel for making our first trip to Israel
so memorable and for inviting us into your home to meet your wonderful family.
must admit that Murray and I both feel that we have somehow changed since coming
back to Ottawa, especially with respect to feeling more that Israel is "our
home". I know that you will appreciate what I am trying to say.
have decided that we want to learn to speak a little Hebrew so I am currently
trying to find out where in Ottawa lessons are offered. We want to be able to
speak at least a little Hebrew when we visit Israel again, which we sincerely
hope will be in a couple of years.
have been following the news very closely and are very saddened by recent
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made it home in one piece and the first week back was a busy fog. Just wanted
to express a heartfelt thanks for the effort that you put forth to make the solidarity
mission the success that it was.
I look forward to return trips to Eretz
Yisrael and hope to renew our acquaintance in the future.
the meantime, I have forwarded your credentials and contact
others who want to make the trip.
from your friends in Houston--Mimi and Larry --Just received your brochures and
made me think of the great trip we had in Israel thanks to your great organizational
skills and planning. How are you doing in these difficult times--I imagine that
it is not easy and very frustrating.
Your brochures are very well done
and representative of the great service you offer--don't hesitate to use us for
any recommendation you may need. Warmest
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Just a note of thanks for making our trip one of the best experiences
of our lives.
love for Israel has been deepened. We learned more about and were able to personalize
the history of the country with the knowledge your informational tours and commentary
treated us royally, from the time we met until the day we left. Your team in Tel
Aviv made our departure a pleasure, from our greeting as we deplaned from Eilat,
to transporting us to the International Terminal, and then to the escort through
check in and customs. All of this was way beyond expectation.
be in touch with us it there is anything we can do to help.
you, all are back to the routine of work and a new school year.I think it safe
to say that the trip FAR exceeded our expectations. Of course, any 2-week hotel
vacation is nice, but we were very pleased with our hotels, meals, guides etc
-- and of course, with all that we saw & did.
please feel free to
use us as a reference, via phone or email.
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will be happy on request to send you names and email addresses of former clients