During my 10 years as an Israeli tour guide, it was my pleasure and privilege to help pioneer and develop the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program in Israel. As a tour operator since 1982, I have arranged Bar/Bat Mitzvah tours for thousands of families. While these tours are my business, they are also my pleasure. In addition to Israel, I offer Jewish Heritage tours to Central Europe and Spain giving you a wider choice of enriching travel experiences.
The family tours I operate are small, upscale and unique in the industry. I personally plan the itinerary, select top guides and arrange every facet of the trip. Three-generation families are my specialty and I try to make the rite of passage an event that involves the child, the parents and the grandparents. To quote Joan Cohen of Woodmere, NY, who was on one of my tours: “It is unusual, to say the least, when seven people (spanning three generations) unanimously agree that a trip was fun, educational, well planned, and dynamic. These are seven people who usually can’t agree on what color tie to wear!” My clients come from all over the United States. The familial quality of the tour promotes a closeness that often prompts the families who travel together to stay in touch long after the tour is over.
Tova Gilead is a recipient of the State of Israel 50th Anniversary Travel and Tourism Award.