Comments for JOE FREEDMAN – Your Personal Israel Guide http://joefreedman.co.il Licensed Israeli Tour Guide and Educator Sun, 30 Oct 2016 21:19:29 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Comment on Testimonials by Robbye Frank http://joefreedman.co.il/testimonials/#comment-54 Sun, 30 Oct 2016 21:19:29 +0000 http://joefreedman.co.il/?page_id=67#comment-54 We engaged Joe for our multi-generational family tour of Israel. He was responsive to our requests as we customized our itinerary prior to the trip and was extremely flexible during the trip. His remarkable knowledge and sense of humor were instrumental in making the trip enjoyable and educational for everyone from the 7 year old to the 70 year old.  No matter what your trip objectives are, Joe is able and willing to design a tour that far exceeds all expectations. That’s what he did for us! We will enthusiastically engage Joe for future Israel tours.

-Robbye Frank, St. Louis, MO

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Comment on Testimonials by Ira and Leah Zaretsky http://joefreedman.co.il/testimonials/#comment-42 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:25:10 +0000 http://joefreedman.co.il/?page_id=67#comment-42 Having just returned from an amazing Bar Mitzvah-driven trip with Joe Freedman from start to finish, we can wholeheartedly agree with everything positive everyone before us has said about Joe. He was so many great things all rolled into one incredible person. Joe was kind, sensitive, 100% dependable, punny and funny, sweet, very flexible, even-tempered, proudly Jewish and excited about Israel and it’s tremendous history. He treated the ten of us (with ages ranging from three years old to sixties) with patience, aplomb, and accommodation. We learned, we laughed, we ate lots of ice cream, and we came home dying to go back as soon as possible and explore more of Israel with Joe.

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Comment on Testimonials by Glenn and Cathy Shepard http://joefreedman.co.il/testimonials/#comment-40 Sun, 22 May 2016 18:21:07 +0000 http://joefreedman.co.il/?page_id=67#comment-40 Joe Freedman is a wonderful tour guide because he knows how to listen to his clients’ ideas and interests and then mold them into a trip that is enjoyable for all the participants. He combined our children’s desire to hike in nature in the Negev with our interest in history and archaeology. Joe custom designed a Negev trek for us of Machtesh Katan, Gadol and Ramon. He incorporated archeological sites and historical sites along the way. Joe’s knowledge of history, the bible and even geology greatly enhanced our experience. His sense of humor added to the fun of the trip and his carefully selected psukim from the chumash and contemporary poems augmented the history in certain places and the raw beauty in other places. Joe also designed the itinerary so that its many elements could be rearranged, if time required, all without losing a step. We could not have asked for a better tour guide.
Cathy and Glenn Shepard, Teaneck, N.J.

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Comment on Testimonials by Roy and Vonnie Weiner Delray Beach FL. http://joefreedman.co.il/testimonials/#comment-38 Wed, 11 May 2016 16:46:00 +0000 http://joefreedman.co.il/?page_id=67#comment-38 I don’t know what I could possibly add to all of the comments posted as every word is absolutely true. We came with friends and we all agreed that Joe made our trip to Israel unforgettable. The man is just an encyclopedia of knowledge. He becomes friend and family. You can’t help but love the guy. He’s pun, I mean fun to be with and a real mensch with a kind heart. He loves what he does and does it with all he’s got. He goes out of his way to do whatever he can for you even after your tour is over. I will recommend Joe to anyone I know that’s coming to Israel and the next time we come back,hiring Joe is a no brainer.

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Comment on Testimonials by Jeff Grad http://joefreedman.co.il/testimonials/#comment-34 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 23:12:20 +0000 http://joefreedman.co.il/?page_id=67#comment-34 We just returned from spending two weeks in Israel with Joe Freedman as our guide – virtually 24/7. Our expectations were high – but due to Joe, the trip greatly exceeded our high expectations. Advance planning for our trip couldn’t have been any easier – Joe promptly responded by email to all questions and his recommendations were excellent as to places, hotels and amounts of time to visit. Once we arrived in Israel, Joe was our constant leader and companion, showed amazing flexibility, and was tireless in making sure that we had a great time. Joe was a great source of ancient and modern history, religious and biblical references and current politics. If all of the foregoing wasn’t enough, Joe gives you the bonus of expressing himself as an American born educator who can find in almost every situation a humorous pun or story – just so the trip doesn’t become too serious. In short, we would recommend visiting Israel with a guide – and that Joe be your guide.

Elizabeth and Jeff Grad, Honolulu.

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Comment on Testimonials by Rev Virginia Lawson, PhD http://joefreedman.co.il/testimonials/#comment-21 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:43:52 +0000 http://joefreedman.co.il/?page_id=67#comment-21 “Without reservation” is how I will recommend you, Joe! Your knowledge of just how a particular site is significant to Christian, Jew and occasionally, Muslim, is matched only by your obvious respect for your and others’ faith traditions.

Your humor and quick focus on questions along with your flexibility in adjusting schedules to changing circumstances enabled us to see and experience more than we would have thought possible. I would recommend that anyone contemplating traveling with you be very upfront about what they want to see and what they would like, “in the best of all possible worlds” to see and leave it up to you to find a way. Good memories and fond wishes for your continued health and happiness. Rev. Virginia K. Lawson, PhD

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Comment on Testimonials by Mitchell Benus http://joefreedman.co.il/testimonials/#comment-17 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:13:59 +0000 http://joefreedman.co.il/?page_id=67#comment-17 Exceeded our expectations in every respect. Joe was WONDERFUL, we saw far more on the tour then we could ever have seen on our own. Joe the educator, did so many little things and additions to make sure we got a good learning experience — learning for everyone in our family from those who are living in Israel to those who never have been to Israel before!

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Comment on Testimonials by Rob Hyde http://joefreedman.co.il/testimonials/#comment-16 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:50:24 +0000 http://joefreedman.co.il/?page_id=67#comment-16 Joe,
Your wonderful guiding of our multifaith group was wonderful. I as a Catholic priest found the tour one filled with faith, fun, learning and prayer. I very much appreciated how you respected the faith of each of our tour members. Your help to me and Fr. Don was wonderful, telling us about the Christian Holy Places and easing our prayer and enjoyment. I very much appreciated your showing us the Jewish sites and how Israel is such a spiritual yet diverse country. I’d love to have you guide a group of pilgrims from my parish!
Thanks,
Fr. Robert Hyde
St. Margaret’s Church
Syracuse, New York

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