(Jerusalem, Israel) — Israel Experience®, a subsidiary of The Jewish Agency for Israel, was named one of Israel’s top 10 travel companies, according to Globes, Israel’s leading financial daily.
The travel study, conducted by Dun & Bradstreet, placed Israel Experience alongside other well-known travel stalwarts such as IDB Tours, Ophir Tours and Daka90, and cemented Israel Experience as a leader in Israel’s tourism trade.
Israel Experience specializes in educational trips in Israel and, to a lesser degree, in Jewish heritage tours in Eastern Europe. Each year, Israel Experience brings approximately 30,000 participants from around the world on educational trips and programs in Israel. Further, the travel company connects an additional 36,000 olim chadashim (new immigrants) and Israeli high school students from disadvantaged cities with heritage trips and tours in Israel.
This year, Israel Experience will bring its 300,000th participant on an educational tour to Israel since beginning its operations in 2000. “Israel Experience is the address for quality educational travel within Israel. These trips strengthen Jewish identity and create connections with the people of Israel through meaningful experiences in the land of Israel,” said Amos Hermon, CEO of Israel Experience. “In addition to the connections we have with Jewish organizations and communities from around the world, Israel Experience also caters to high school students and college graduates seeking an Israel experience through Taglit-Birthright Israel: Israel Experience and our flagship program Career Israel, through Masa Israel Journey , where students can intern at one of Israel’s top 700 top companies in a variety of industries.”
This week, Israel Experience hosted its annual Mega-Event, in partnership with the Maccabiah Games and Jerusalem’s youth movements. 6,000 young Jews from around the world came together and celebrated at an event in Sultan’s Pool in Jerusalem. “This event brought together young Jewish participants from the United States, Great Britain, Europe and the former Soviet Union with their Israeli peers at social and sporting events that celebrate the Jewish future of Zionism and a strengthened connection with the State and People of Israel,” Mr. Hermon added.
Perhaps nowhere is the impact of these trips more keenly felt than by the participants themselves. “Coming to Israel with my friends and spending time with Israelis helps me to get to know and appreciate my homeland. We have done hikes and visited historical places. I have had an amazing summer here in Israel and I hope to take everything I have learnt back with me to my community back home,” shared Rachel who participated in an Israel experience trip this summer through her involvement with BBYO (B’nai B’rith Youth Organization).