Tel Aviv was established in 1909 - not that ancient a city, especially in comparison to her biblically-old neighbour, Jaffa. So young a city, one can easily miss the interesting history of Tel Aviv, just strolling through the streets
That's where I come in to the picture! Let me show you Tel Aviv
My anscestors came to the Land of Israel from Northern Africa in the middle of the 19th century. They first settled in Jaffa and shortly afterwards they established Neve Tzedek, the first Jewish neighbourhood outside the walls of the ancient city. They also participated in the construction of the first Hebrew city in the world - Tel Aviv
The Chelouche family tree now holds some 500 descendants in Israel and abroad
One of the first tours that I had guided, when I started guiding tours back in 2008, was for a very special group of people - veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) who became handicapped during their military service. They all rode hand-bikes and I accompanied them on regular bicycles
That's when I first realized that I should accommodate all needs of the tour participants, from the mundane to the exceptional
Then and now
Who lived here? How did this neighbourhood come about? And where are the most interesting things to see? What restaurants to recommend?
Guiding tours in Tel Aviv is much more than a profession - it's an on-going learning experience. An excellent tour guide must get up-do-date not only on current historical research, but also on what's going on in the city
All are welcome
Guiding tours since 2008, I gained a lot of experience with different groups and all kinds of people. Childern and adults, locals and tourists, students and soldiers, families and workplace-colleagues - all are welcome
If you're a little bit sentimental about the beauty of the past, you should visit Neve Tzedek with me. It is such a charming place, that in its early days it used to be called "Le Petit Paris" (Little Paris). The beauty of Neve Tzedek made it into a hot real-estate market, but even if we can't afford to buy a house in the neighbourhood today, we can still appreciate its gorgeous atmosphere and magnificent history
When I guide tours, I get a feeling of the group. Is it too much or not enough? Should I elaborate or keep it straight and to the point? Whether you're in for a history extravaganza or just looking for the headlines, I hear you loud and clear
Participating in my guided tours is far from listening to a history lecture. I try to spice it up with interesting stories and gossip from the early days of Neve Tzedek and have some fun comparing how it is with how it used to be
The most important thing to stress out is that there is no test at the end of the tour :) ...so feel free to have some fun!