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Testemonials | ARZA World We constantly receive glowing testimonials from those who have taken part in our tours. By taking the time to share your experiences with us and by providing feedback to us, you are letting us know what you think of the trips we provide. By listening to you we can craft our tours to better engage paticipants and provide better and more satisfying experiences for returning guests and new tour participants. Tell us about your tour educator/guide, the hotels you stayed in and you make a difference in how we plan future trips. Give us practical, how-to advice that we need in order to succeed. If you would like to offer a testimonial, e-mail us at testimonials@arzaworld.com.

Doron is amazing! What knowledge; what patience; what ability to impart his information; what energy. He was a bright spot, if you will, in every day. Wish I had written down even 1/4 of what he imparted. He has a ready smile and does not shy from talking. I would have requested the group get in a smaller radius to him in outdoor situations, but he managed to talk to everyone. Doron is a unique person and great educator. - Beth Shalom Synagogue of Baton Rouge How fortunate we were to be blessed by a journey operated and implemented by ARZA World / Da'at Travel. There is no question that the crew visiting from Westchester Reform Temple not only benefited from your extraordinary staff, but also your "A" team. Lucky lucky us!
The depth of knowledge and the deft execution directed equally to the 7 year old and 70 year old speaks volumes for the professionalism and talent your company bestowed upon my family and the entire WRT crew. Uri Feinberg iis most certainly a master teacher whose abilities and scholarship reach far beyond the required baseline. At 40, he can easily be called sage. Our trip was without fault for its entire duration. It was also enhanced by additional stops and intimate talmudic evening study. Lucky lucky us. - Mary Blum, Westchster Reform Temple, NY You probably know this already -- but the trip was a winner and went off without a hitch. Uri Feinberg may be the best guide I have ever experienced on the ground in Israel (and believe me, I've seen A LOT!). :-) Thank you for everything you did to make it happen... we are coming home exhausted but transformed.
Wishing you and yours a great Thanksgiving, - Joel, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, LA I don’t know where to even begin. The trip was amazing……every aspect of it. Every one I worked with my initial contact in Israel, and of course, our wonderful guide and now friend, Muki Zohar was A+. The attention to detail was amazing….the tour operator was on top of everything from the moment we arrived in Israel to our departure for home. We felt so well taken care of and noticed the attention we received was matched by no other groups we observed.
I want to thank you for all of your help in planning the trip. Every where we went we heard that we were lucky to be with Arza World, that they are the best, and I would have to agree. If I can ever serve as a reference for you I would be happy to do so. - Lynn Loss,Bethesda, MD

Everything you and your company did our trip was great. On a scale of 1-10 we would give our tour guide Jeremy a 14! He was just the right fit for our family. - Alan Goldman, Los Angeles, CA

My family and I just returned from our three week visit to Israel and I would like to share with you how extraordinary we felt our experience with Da'at/ARZA to be. Although my wife and I had spent extensive time in Israel both during our college years and then during my time at HUC, this was the first time that we had traveled to Israel with our children. While it was important for us that our eleven year old son (later joined by our sixteen year old daughter, upon completion of her four week NFTY experience) visit the major sites in the country, it was of equal importance for my wife and I to see the growth of the IMPJ and the many developments in Israel during the last twenty years. To say that Mimi Cohen and Claire Blumenson made certain that we experienced the above as fully as possible is an understatement. Not only did they listen to our many needs, but Claire produced an itinerary which permitted us to see the Israel of the past, the present, a glimpse into the future and a host of visits and dinners with Reform leaders, which gave us greater insight into the current situation for our movement. Simply stated, she did not leave a stone unturned in any realm.
However, I would be remiss if I failed to mention the care and sensitivity to every detail that Mimi took from our first phone conversation and Claire pursued to the last minute of our stay. Mimi worked with us tirelessly from the start and our work with Claire began in the US and continued to our boarding the plane back to the US. Claire called us multiple times every day, anticipated every possible need, want or desire, and made certain that physically and spiritually our adventure was as full and meaningful as possible. Though my wife and I have traveled extensively over the years, we have never had such care. Needless to say, we hope to use Da'at for all our future travels, either for our family or my congregation.
Indeed, there is just not enough that I can possibly say about how remarkable our experience was. From Mimi to Claire, we never felt as mere clients, rather as cherished friends.
With great appreciation, - Rabbi Andrew R. Sklarz, MSW, Greenwich Reform Synagogue, CT

I just wanted to let you know that my husband and I had a wonderful time on our Israel tour. Our tour guide, Sharon Morgenstern, was great and we had very pleasant people on our trip. I will highly recommend ARZA World to anyone who is thinking of a trip to Israel! - Diane, Rockville, MD

We wanted to say thank you for an unbelievable Israel trip of a lifetime! It was everything and more! Each day was packed with amazing activities and historical sites and it is hard for us to decide which day was our favorite (excluding the Bat Mitzvah of course!) We also wanted to thank you for a most delcious dinner on our last night in Tel Aviv. We appreciate it so much!!! Please pass our thanks on to Guy. We also want to let you know how wonderful Raz was!! We could not have asked for a better tour guide in Israel to lead us through our journey. He was fantastic with the kids and all of us are so appreciative of his time and patience with us. He was "top-notch". In fact, my father told me that he mentioned to Raz that he felt like he had known him forever and he felt like part of the family. We are hoping to plan a future trip for Alexa's Bat Mitzvah in Israel with ARZA. We would like to have Raz again, lead us on our Israel journey. I also wanted to mention that Shlomo, our bus driver, was fantastic as well! Thanks again!!! - Heather, Parkland, FL

What do people say about Mike Rogoff, one of our AW Israel tour guides? Mike Rogoff is superb! His knowledge, enthusiasm and ability to keep 35 people alert and listening to his explanations at all the times are indicative of his great talent as a tour guide. ARZA World planned a great Israel tour itinerary and Mike added lots of stories and insights.

What do people say about Yael Menashe, one of our AW Israel tour guides? You have a real jewel with Yael Menashe. She is the perfect balance between superior educator, leader and managed all details flawlessly. We are impressed by her personal skills. There were many small touches that added to the meaningfulness of our trip like the prayer upon entering Jerusalem and having the group participate in reading poems at Yad Vashem. She was helpful, responsive and consistently pleasant dealing with the needs and wants of tour members. I would recommend her for any tour group. Yael Menashe was totally amazing. Very personable and knowledgeable. When she did not know the answer to a question, which was rare, she would get us the answer. She was organized and we felt that she was totally included as part of the group. Yael Menashe was the best Israel tour guide we could have asked for. She was so knowledgeable about Israel and its history. She was always a pleasure to be around and a beautiful young woman!! She made our trip through Israel the most educational and informative trip.

Hi Rachel, We had a fabulous Israel tour experience with the group! Thanks so much for everything you did to make it so successful. It was fun meeting Claire, after all the e-mails and phone calls. Muki was INCREDIBLE! Between his knowledge, passion and compassion, not to mention the softness of his South African accent, he is an amazing tour-guide-educator! The group was wonderful and we really had no problems, making my first opportunity as a staff member really positive! We enjoyed having Guy join us for dinner at the beautiful Bet Tikoh! We are already promoting the Israel 2012 opportunity! Thanks, Karen - Karen Hoffman, Program Director, Temple Emanu-El, Dallas, TX

Hi Adam... Just a short note to thank you and your associates for arranging such a wonderful Israel trip for us. It was truly a remarkable and moving experience. The arrangements were well done, the services excellent and the personnel both extraordinarily friendly and knowledgeable. We give ARZA World and its people an A+. Particular thanks and kudos go to Ziv Cohen, who is a guide extraordinaire. Listening to him was a great learning experience and like listening to a story unfold. And, he went out of his way to cater to us, to be flexible and to make sure we got every ounce out of every day. He felt much more like a good friend than just a really professional tour guide. Of course, he was, also, very patient putting up with our off base humor and peppering him with questions. Joyce and I will be recommending ARZA World and you and your associates to any of our friends who contemplate an Israel tour. Your personal attentiveness and organization were crucial to making this such a great experience. We hope we can do this again in the future. Best. - Stu, Del Ray Beach, FL

I finally put together most of our pictures taken during this really terrific trip to Israel with ARZA World. Mike Rogoff really made it special with his outstanding knowledge and professional management of the tour schedule. As our guide, he was fantastic. I especially enjoyed the Shabbat diner and entertainment by his lovely wife, Jill. Our evening with the Druze was another example of the unexpected enjoyment we had. I regret not having taken more pictures of Haifa, The Red Sea, The Dead Sea and Via Delarosa in Jerusalem. Our day at Mt. of Olives was very special. The Kibbutz was totally different from what I had expected. I expected to be in a barrack type atmosphere and instead I enjoyed a resort atmosphere and give my rating of a 5 Star "Motel." to the Kibbutz. I cannot identify a specific item on our itinerary as being my favorite since I truly enjoyed all we visited.
It was a tremendous experience for me and all of our Israel tour group served to enhance the total enjoyment we remember. It will remain our special Once In A Lifetime Trip. To all: Shalom. - Roy and Nancy, Parkland, FL

Israel was revolutionary - transformative for my families. Todah l''nimrod for working with me on a new approach to my annual congregational "masa". One Memphis community leader who had been 4 times before but heard my trips with you were different just wrote and said, "this wasn't a trip to Israel....it was a deeply felt spiritual journey...the itinerary included places I had been to but I never felt what I did until this experience with you." Another called the chavayah "beautifully intense." I have a feeling I will not have a problem filling up next year's trip again. Dash l'Guy v''chol hachevra,
- Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein, Temple Israel of Memphis, TN

What can I say but FANTASTIC! We had not been to Israel before and the trip was beyond my expectations. We own a travel company and I was so impressed with Gilad, our guide and Moti, our driver. Gilad is a passionate Israeli with a great ability to educate the participants with a desire to learn more. Moti is a gentle driver with great ease behind the wheel at every challenge. I hope to bring my children back to work on a kibbutz for the summer. - Pamela Dern, Congregation Temple Israel, St. Louis, MO

Nimrod, now that I am home, I have the time to reflect on our temple’s journey to Israel. You were so attentive and responsive to me and to our group. Your counsel and advice enabled us to have a wonderful mission to Israel. Everyone had a fabulous time. They learned, they studied, they grew, they cried, they laughed and their lives were changed. I thank you again for all that you have meant to us and I look forward to our working together again in the future. Please continue to stay in touch with me. To you and all those who work with you, my very sincere thanks. - Rabbi Bennett Miller, Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, New Brunswick, NJ

Bryan and I arrived home this morning in Newark, after our trip with ARZA World. We're tired but so very pleased and impressed with your company and the way we traveled. I could not yet go to sleep without sending you a quick Toda Raba! - Dorothy and Bryan Bach, Bainbridge Island, WA

My husband Stephen and I just returned from our trip, which included members of both our congregations, Union Temple of Brooklyn and the Garden City Jewish Center. We were gratified to be able to give our congregants a ten-day immersion into the history and beauty of the land, as well as of the ongoing complexities of contemporary Israeli life. Our people came away with a great deal to think about and to process, but that of course is the point. We are grateful to ARZA for its willingness to work so assiduously with us to shape this trip, both with its own expert advice and in accordance with our wishes. Thank you, ARZA/Da’at - we'll be back. - Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman, Union Temple of Brooklyn, NY

Thank you, ARZA, for a seamless and memorable trip to Eretz Israel. I must take this opportunity to tell you that we might have had a completely different experience had we not been lucky enough to have Muki lead us on this journey. He was hands-on and showed a genuine love for teaching Jews about the Jewish state. Muki could relate to and teach Jews of any level of knowledge (from my 11-year-old daughter to my husband who has been there six times and has led groups himself). His humor and ability to get to know each and every one of us, along with his Hebrew word of the day was simply "sof haderech"! - Marla (Erlich) Rosenthol and family, Huntingdon Valley, PA

I want to thank you for all that you did to make our recent temple trip such a success. From the moment we reached Newark Airport, it all came together and everyone had a wonderful time. There is great excitement here for our October 2008 trip. Every day I have more people telling me that they plan on joining us. So, get ready for the next Anshe Emeth trip. - Rabbi Bennett Miller, Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, New Brunswick, NJ

I know you are very accustomed to leading many tours, but you were truly exceptional with our group. It was a miracle that seventy Jewish people (ages 8 through 83) had a positive, life-changing experience without any complaints! Each day was better than the day before. This trip was extremely gratifying for me, as I saw my hopes and dreams for a successful trip actually come to fruition. As the co-chair of the trip, I worried like a Jewish mother that everything would go well. After many meetings, phone calls and emails, our dreams did come true. Thanks to all of you for helping make this dream a reality. - Ellen Barron, Temple Emanuel, Westfield, NJ

Thank you for setting up a great trip for us. Our family had a fantastic time and the travel arrangements and logistics were outstanding. - Alan and Cindy Zuckerbrod, Westport, CT

Wow! It was awesome! - Rabbi Heidi Cohen, Temple Beth Sholom, Santa Ana, CA

The tour was, in your words, "an experience of a lifetime," thanks to our guide, Ziv Cohen. He is a five-star guide and I can't imagine this tour without him. A dedicated professional, his knowledge and expertise were endless. He brought ancient characters to life. He is well informed about current events, history and the various cultures. We were very lucky to have him as our guide! - Marilyn Weinstein, Little Rock, AR

There was a perfect variety of experiences...in the sites, in the food, the pace, the synagogues and the wonderful people we met in this beautiful country. The trip was planned so well and executed so well that it made for a simply remarkable and memorable tour. Please know that we will recommend ARZA World to everyone we know. We had great, great time!. - Micki & Mike Grunstein, Teaneck, NJ