Israel Inside Out is delighted to have David Eisenstadt as its in residence tour guide.
David grew up in New Jersey and has lived in Israel since 1985. David is a seasoned Israeli tour guide with over 20 years’ experience. He is a former senior field guide for the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel. David holds a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and an MA with honors in Land of Israel Studies from Bar Ilan University, where he engaged in research on the historical geography of Jerusalem in the modern period.
David has engaged in research on contemporary Christian communities in Israel and has taught Israeli university students about Christian denominations. He is experienced at guiding multi-cultural and interfaith groups. From 1997 – 2001, he lectured on the historical geography of Jerusalem for Bar Ilan University’s distance learning and overseas programs.
As a Jewish educator David has worked in the United States, Israel, the former Soviet Union and Central Europe. Between 2006 and 2009 David served as director of international relations for the Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews and continues to work on behalf of the Ethiopian Israeli community on a voluntary basis.
David lives in Jerusalem with his wife, and their three children.
Israel Inside Out asked David to define his favourite places as an Israel insider
“As a tour guide and Israel Insider I’ve always had a hard time pinning down one favourite place. Every time that I decided on one then I found a new favourite place. Wadi Kelt rates very high, as a full day guided hike. I similarly recommend Nahal Gishron in the Eilat Mountains, from Mt. Yoash to the Red Sea, and then kicking back with a beer at the beach as the sun goes down behind you and the mountains of Edom in Jordan change colors.
Few antiquity sites are more interesting than the City of David. I am particularly fond of mosaic pavements and there is no site in Israel comparable to Tzippori. Farther north I recommend Tel Dan as a great combination of nature and antiquities, to be followed on a hot day by floating down the Jordan in alleged kayak. For charming walk wander through Little Tel Aviv or the alleyways on the southern side of Old Jaffa.”