No matter your affiliation or knowledge, you will feel connected to and have a love for the Land of Israel and its heritage after a tour with me!
As an American born Jew, I have been fascinated with Israel for as long as I can remember. In 1980, I had the privilege of attending for three months “High School In Israel” located in Hod Hasharon. It was then that my love affair with the Land was sealed. And, it was then, at the age of 17, I decided I would move to Israel. My fantasy at the time was to buy and operate my favorite falafel stand, in the town of Hod Hasharon called the “Blue Falafel” and live happily ever after. To my huge disappointment, the falafel stand was not for sale. So, my "Aliyah" from the United States to Israel got deferred. My love and passion for the Land and people of Israel never diminished. The history, culture, geography, politics, religions, and every aspect of Israel became central to my life.
After twenty-eight years as a trial attorney in Memphis, Tennessee, I fulfilled a lifelong dream. With my wife, Diane, and our four daughters, Annie, Gabrielle, Charlotte and Lily, I moved to Israel from America’s "Bible Belt" to the "Land of the Bible".
I may not be selling falafel as originally planned, but, becoming a tour guide, allows me to do what I love every single day; connecting people to this special place. I am so grateful for the privilege of guiding individuals, families and groups of all faiths through this historical and magnificently beautiful land.
In the Book of Genesis, God instructs Abraham to "Get Up, walk about the Land, through its length and its breadth!". Come walk the Land with me and EXPLORE, EXPERIENCE AND CONNECT to Israel!
ADDITIONAL FACTS ABOUT ME
Born in Memphis, Tennessee
Husband to Diane and father to Annie, Gabby (Yaakov), Charlotte and Lily
Lives in Jerusalem, the “City of Gold”
Attended Alexander Muss High School In Israel formerly, “The High School In Israel” in 1980
Studied Middle Eastern history at Tel Aviv University in 1983/84
Received a bachelors of science in history from The University of Michigan in 1985 and a juris doctorate in law from Washington University in St. Louis in 1988
Made Aliyah (immigration) to Israel in 2014
After a 30 year career as a trial attorney, I became licensed as a tour guide by the Israel Ministry of Tourism in 2017
I love being a tour guide in Israel and cannot wait to be your guide!
Testimonials about Alan Harkavy
Melanie and Eddy (Holland)
Private Tour Jerusalem Old City
Review of: Private Tour Jerusalem Old City
Alan Harkavy guided us through the old city of Jerusalem. He managed to give us a good insight of the 3000 years of history, as well as the way the various religions are connected to each other. A day with Alan in Jerusalem learned us more than 15 years of school education had done. Not only educational, but also with a lot of fun and cliffhangers (always at his best not to spoil the last page of history) and knowing his way to the best hummus in the world.
Melanie and Eddy
EXCELLENT TOUR WITH ALAN HARKAVY
Review of: Private Tour Jerusalem Old City
We had an amazing 1.5 day tour of Jerusalem with Alan. Alan managed to untangle for us the complexity of the 3000 years of Jerusalem history and both adults and our teenage kids loved it. Most importantly, we all felt as if we spent time with a good friend - somebody you would invite to your kid Bar Mitzvah.
Richard C, New York (TripAdvisor)
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Review of: Full Day Jerusalem Tour: In Jesus' Steps
Some people are born to do a particular profession. Alan has passion, deep knowledge, and joys in sharing both with you. We were a small family of three including a 14 year-old daughter. We wanted to see the Orthodox Christian sites of importance. At each site Alan brought us back in time to the events as they occurred. Alan is not just a tour guide he is a teacher in the true sense of the word. I Growing up had a few of those who leave you with something that stays with you for life. During the tour people gravitated off their own tours to listen to Alan's passionate teachings. Did we become his disciples? We spent two days with Alan. The first day seeing Christian sites outside of the city including the Baptismal site at the Jordan river. The second day recreating the events in the life of Jesus and the birth of Christianity. Alan has a vast knowledge of the history of the three religions involved, and loves to share that with you in a way you will judge all future guides. We will come back and will request Alan. As a side note when one travels you miss many photo ops because you are just too busy to follow the action, well Alan sent me by email many of those missed moments.