“Thanks so much Kobi for an absolutely great day!!!
I will remember it always.” – Tom Irving

Testimonials

“Kobi, To say that you made our trip special would be an understatement. You truly are a “Rav Kobi” as Veronique anointed you. Your patience, tolerance towards and approach to all the kids and adults was amazing and you seem to go out of your way to make the experience not just a trip. Even making me walk to the area in Sachne where the water cascaded down into the river, or the extra climb to the next waterfall at Ein Gedi made the experience so much better. The approach to Jerusalem, curtains closed, wine and “shechiyanu”, on the hill overlooking the city still brings tears to my eyes. The inspiring music which we all loved made it so exciting.And your parting words as we approached Tel Aviv, crazy, also brought tears to my eyes. There is so much more about the important and meaningful aspects I could talk about but they are all too much to list. Again thank you for making our trip so special and inspiring. Be well, be safe and continue to lead and inspire families and each individual that visits our home, you are doing Gods work. Warm regards.” – Hylton Jonas from Dallas, TX (June 2018)

 

“Well, we just finished our last fantastic “Kobi Dinner.” The restaurants were all sensational and the food equally as good. Thank you for the three days of touring. The itinerary was terrific as was the education, and looking [at Israel] through your eyes was a great experience. Many thanks for all your efforts, and hopefully we can do it again. Always new ideas, and places to visit…. I especially appreciate the efforts you made on Nancy’s behalf.   I expressed to Stan how fortunate we felt for his introducing us to you. Because it was our first trip here in 40 years, it was an awesome experience and an eye-opening recognition of the miracle of Israel.  You were great!” – Stan and Jo Rutstein/Jules and Nancy Silbert from Sarasota, FL (June 2018) 

 

We toured the North and Jerusalem with Kobi. He was extremely accommodating of our requests and needs while still providing great recommendations. We have two pre-teens and he made sure to make all of our tours engaging for them while still teaching the adults and keeping our attention. We would definitely use him again and recommend him very highly. – Irene and Stephen Moff from San Francisco, CA (June 2016)

 

Thank you Kobi. I wanted to let you know that we had an amazing time wih you and we really appreciated the information you shared.  I have to admit, I had some concerns going into it.  I was concerned how my kids would connect as my biggest wish for the journey was for my kids to connect more to their heritage, strengthen their Judaism, and have an appreciation for Israel.  The kids still are talking about the tour and rank it at the top of their experiences in Israel.  You did a great job. – Jeff Levy from Madison, WI (October 2015)

 

Kobi – thank you so much for an excellent tour yesterday.  I thought you were so knowledgeable, interesting and engaging with the right amount of history, modern facts and amusing stories.  It was just terrific.  I will definitely recommend you to others.  – Simone and Lucy Pearlman from London, England (October 2015)

 

Our family had a wonderful time with Kobi.  His level of knowledge and his love for Israel were clear with every word he spoke.  Our kids loved being with him.  Kobi took us to the northern parts of Israel, and showed us places visitors seldom see.  Kobi made history come alive by engaging in a gladiator battle with us in Caeserea.  He made the present conflicts real by taking us to watch Syrian gunfire from the safety of the Golan Heights, and then took us to play on the Jordan River.  Throughout, we learned so much about our shared heritage and the significance of Israel.  Kobi’s level of knowledge also allowed him to be flexible.  When our kids were tired and unwell, Kobi was able to revise our carefully planned itinerary on the fly to accommodate.  He made changes in our plan so that not only did we not feel like we missed anything, but we felt we gained experiences we had not expected.  We would recommend Kobi to anyone who needs an Israeli guide, and we will always remember our time with him. –  Lauren Gerstmann from Los Angeles, Ca (June 2015)

 

I have had the opportunity to get to know Kobi Cooper both personally and professionally over the past several years and can say without question there is no one I would rather have guiding a trip to Israel than him. His love and enthusiasm for Israel is unmatched. His knowledge of Israel’s landscape, politics and history is unequaled. He engages teens every day in ways that are fun, creative, thought-provoking and meaningful. It is clear that for Kobi guiding in Israel is not a job — it is a passion. This passion not only enhances the experience for travelers, but rubs off on them and they become as passionate about Israel as Kobi. There is nothing more that I as a rabbi, parent, Jew and ardent supporter of Israel could ask for in a guide. There is no one other than Kobi that I would recommend to a friend, member of our congregation, colleague or family member should they be traveling to Israel. I look forward to him guiding many more trips for our school and synagogue in the future, knowing that our teens and families will be forever changed by traveling to Israel with Kobi’s guidance. – Rabbi Eric Goldberg, Congregation Shir Ami from Philadelphia, PA (December 2014)

 

Kobi was the best guide that I have experienced on all of my trips: a real people-person, incredibly informative, witty, patient, creative, with a great sense of humor, he was adept at explaining contemporary events in the light of history, religion and tradition, and made every effort to be objective, and equally clear when speaking from his own perspective or experiences. I would hire him in an instant for any future tour: personal or group. – Rabbi Elliot Holin, Congregation Kol Ami from Philadelphia, PA (October 2014)

 

My traveling companions left Israel awe-struck and reJEWvinated thanks, in large measure, to Kobi’s incredible magic: dramatic narratives suffused with artistic flair; rich and compelling stories from underground digs and ancient ramparts to the exotic flavors, textures and scents of the marketplace. Kobi is a brilliant, imaginative, intensely thought-provoking guide with encyclopedic knowledge who has one overriding goal in mind: to implant a limitless, expansive love of the Land and the People of Israel into your heart and soul. So that you leave forever changed by the encounter. So that you long to return once more. Rabbi Robert Leib,  Old York Road Temple-Beth Am from Philadelphia, PA (June 2014)

 

“We would like to thank you for putting together the most amazing trip. Everything was perfectly planned out. You truly did an amazing job. We had the time of our lives. We cannot wait to get back to Israel soon. We wish you only the best in the future.” – Darren Sevel from Fort Lauderdale, FL (June 2014)

 

“Thanks again for the fantastic tour these last two weeks. We just made it home today and as we prepare for Shabbat dinner it brings memories of festive dancing at the Western Wall only last Shabbat. I’m sure I speak for all the Temple Kol Emeth mishpocha when I say that your knowledge and spirituality helped bring special meaning to our trip. Shabbat Shalom!” – Tim Roberts from Atlanta, GA (June, 2014)

 

Jaden and I, along with the rest of the Vann/Leib clan thoroughly enjoyed our trip due in most parts to you. Your enthusiasm, spirit and incredible knowledge of Israel made for a truly unforgettable experience. We can’t wait to come back with my wife Ilana and our daughter, Jaden’s sister, Hollen, and wouldn’t even think of touring with anyone other than you. Thank you for being the best tour guide we have ever had! – “Joe and Jaden Vann from Las Vegas, NV (June 2014)

 

I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart!! You are an amazing person with sooo much knowledge, our trip wouldn’t have been the same without you!! Thank you for teaching all of us so much and for making me want to come back to Israel very soon!! We ALL love you and we hit the jackpot getting you as a tour guide!! We will definitely spread the word back home and of course, we will contact you when we return!! Thanks again for EVERYTHING!! – Andrea Leib from San Diego, CA (June 2014)

 

Kobi – A trip to Israel is very special. The first is even more so. We could not hav been more fortunate than to have you lead us through this special journey. Your knowledge and experience was only surpassed by your strong passion and your ability to connect with both of us. You have truly made this the incredible journey that we hoped for and surpassed our expectations as our guide. Thank you so much. – Bob & Denise Greenberger from Atlanta, GA (June 2014) 

 

Recently my husband and I went to Israel for the first time.  We decided it was important to have a guide and fortunately, we picked the perfect person.  Kobi was amazing – knowledgeable, funny, energetic, flexible and extremely interesting.  We learned so much –  the history of Israel, the intersection of religions, and the political issues that make Israel so fascinating. From the beginning he was deeply involved in helping us plan our trip and continued to be a source of advice and support throughout the time we spent there. When I think back on the most memorable things we did, I can not imagine that those experiences would have been the same without him.  It was a glorious adventure, largely due to how well he planned what we did.  And let’s not forget finding the best hummus in both Jaffa and Jerusalem – not to be missed!  Thank you Kobi – you made our trip one we will never forget.  – Susan and Ed Fisch from San Francisco, CA (April 2013)

 

Kobi organized an amazing tour of Jerusalem’s Old City for our fellowship participants from Asia.  He coordinated different sections of the tour to coincide with religious services around the Old City and entrance into holy sites that are rarely open to the public.  He also included meetings with locals that provided a fascinating insight into the personal history and stories of Jerusalem’s diverse residents.  The tour was perfectly timed, well-planned, fun, interactive, responsive and very relevant – and catered to all of our requests and interests. – Rebecca Zeffert – Founder & Executive Director, Israel-Asia Center (October 2012)

 

Thank you Kobi for an amazing first trip to Israel.  You went above and beyond in helping us to plan the itinerary, book the hotels, the car rental, private tours, restaurant reservations, and so much more.  You brought a level of meaning to the trip that we could not have had without you.  The stories you told us, the references to Torah and to history were very moving.  You made it so much fun for the kids with your songs, words of the day and “I spy” list.  We will never forget our trip and will recommend you to anyone seeking a tour guide in Israel.  We look forward to coming back. – Anne Fassler from Philadelphia, PA (August 2012)

 

I have been meaning to send this for weeks. I cannot thank you enough for the incredible experience you gave to my entire family. I truly cannot imagine a better guide exists. From the perfect itinerary to the fact that you got totally involved in every activity, everyone was amazed by you and your knowledge of Israel.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  – Fern Silverman from Philadelphia, PA (June 2012)

 

I have been on a handful of tours in Israel and Jordan the past few months and Kobi was, hands down, the best tour guide of all. He was not just knowledgeable, but his presentation of the material made it fascinating. He kept our group amused while we waited for ages for the police to open the walkway to the Temple Mount. Kobi also presented political issues in such a balanced manner, it did not reveal any agenda or bias that I could detect. He was sensitive to people’s wants and would sometimes offer to take a picture for you before you even asked. He also stayed 15+ minutes after the tour was over to answer our questions about unrelated travel.   – Seaver Milnor from Mount Vernon, WA (June 2012)

 

Kobi made our experience in Israel an extra special experience one, which I would highly recommmend. We will have Kobi at our side the next time we are in the Holy Land. His ability to help you understand the 3 major religions of this country exceeded our expectations. Thank you, Kobi! – Alyn Kay from Fort Lauderdale, FL (October 2011) 

 

We just wanted to let you know you how much we loved the tour that you gave us with your heart.  It was the best tour we have ever taken.  We can still hear your voice as if it were yesterday and probably always will.  – Wayne and Angela Bowman from Athens, TX (October 2011)

 

My wife and I took the Glorious Jerusalem tour from the Celebrity ship Silhouette.  Kobi Cooper was our tour guide.  I have been on 40-50 tours from different cruises and I wanted to tell you that Kobi is the best tour guide that we have ever had.  He gave a very balanced discussion of Jewish and Christian beliefs, was very interesting and informative and did a super job over the whole 11 hours of the trip.  You have a very valuable resource in Kobi and I would hope to have him again as a guide if we return to Israel.  – Gary and Diane Dyhouse from St. Louis, MO (October 2011)

 

Kobi, Being in Israel with my children, husband and parents was a highlight of my life.  Touring Jerusalemwith you made it even more meaningful.  You educated, entertained and moved each one of us.  We appreciate your thorough planning to cater for three generations and your delivery was both engaging and passionate.  And what day is complete without the best falafel (and pizza for Jacob).  Thanks for a most memorable day.  Warm regards – Debbie Arnheim from Australia (September 2011)

 

Kobi, Thank you so much for the tour of the Old City.  It was perfect.  We were pleased that you were able to satisfy the requirements of four adults and two children in such a way that all of us could be held captivated over five hours duration.  Gabrielle (10) and Jacob (8) thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learned a lot.  No doubt, your careful  planning of places to go and things to do, contributed to the success of the tour.  Kobi, We have no hesitation in recommending your services to anyone … of any age. – Ronald and Susan Cossen from Australia (September 2011) 

 

Hi Kobi. It’s Beth from Chicago.  I was in your Celebrity tour group on Tuesday.  On this cruise you have indeed been the best tour guide!   That passion that you have in what you do as well as the knowledge you share is so awe-inspiring that it created a very meaningful experience for me as you brought Jerusalem to life.  Your closing explanation of the mark of Jerusalem we all carry was truly amazing.  Thanks again for the awesome tour! – Beth Mitnick from Chicago, IL (August 2011)

 

Liesbeth and I really want to thank you for your excellent tour through Jerusalem. You absolutely succeeded in telling the story behind the stones.  You are always welcome in our house near Brussels in Belgium if you want to visit the marvelous Flemish Cities (Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent). Ward Vermoere, Motorola Solutions from Brussels, Beligium (July 2011)

 

Dear Kobi, Wow!  What a phenomenal trip.  I am still catching my breath. For me, as I said publicly, you are a phenomenal guide.  Your encyclopedic knowledge, use of Tanach and other sources, humor, and storytelling brought Israel to life for us.  The ideas you shared with me really gave us the insight into the tapestry of peoples that are part of Israel.  The little touches, like the words of the day, and your gentle way with us “older” folk were much appreciated.  All in all, you are the finest guide I have ever worked with. Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom, Adath Jeshurun Synagogue from Elkins Park, PA (May 2011)

 

Hello Kobi, Thanks again for your interesting tour through Jerusalem. It was by far the most impressive day during our 12 day vacation. You told it all with humor, poetry and a lot of passion.  I hope you will turn out to be a good father as you are a tour guide.  – Wouter and Erika from Holland (May 2011)

 

Kobi gave us the most memorable trip we have ever had. He taught us about the Bible in fun and adventurous ways. He managed to keep my 3 sons engaged completely which is a feat for sure. He is knowledgeable, fun, sensitive to all faiths and faiths, and coordinated all of our requests perfectly! I would recommend him to all who want to experience Israel in a truly magnificent way. He has tremendous work ethic. We felt he was the perfect guide! – Missy Bingham from USA (April 2011)

 

Kobi – We are back in the states. Thanks to you our trip was really one that we will remember always.  Your knowledge and expertise of Israel and its history opened our eyes and our minds to what our Jewish heritage really means, and how it is a part of each of us. – Larry Goldberg from Long Island, NY (March 2011)

 

Kobi – It’s hard to believe we are back home and working trying to settle back into our normal lives.  The trouble is hereafter our  lives have been permanently changed forever. What was normal does not feel normal.  We shall never forget the sights and interpretations you shared with us.  I feel like we left a part of us in Israel or perhaps we took a part with us.  Thank you for helping make that part so significant for us all.  I hope we get a chance to see you back in the States. – Binnie Footer from Philadelphia, PA (October 2010)

 

Dear Kobi, Now that I have reacclimated back to the US, put our Israel rocks in a jar, downloaded all the 1900 pictures, and uploaded our Israel/Hebrew tunes, I figured it was time to drop you a note to tell you how truly grateful I am for having you as our guide for this trip.  My biggest wish for this trip was to have my children, Emma, Ian and Ryan come back with whatever understanding they found that being Jewish was more than just a religion, that Israel is home.  That I push them to go to Hebrew school for a reason, that I push them to go to temple for a reason.  That being Jewish is something to be proud of, because many people fought long and hard to have that right…  Well you truly succeeded in that.  When I ask the kids how they liked the trip they simply say it was “Great!” I couldn’t ask for anything more!!  It was a pleasure to get to know you, and sharing your knowledge and “our” home with us.  I wish you all the best…to you and your lovely wife… – Lisa Berg from Long Island, NY (August 2010)

 

Kobi – I cannot say enough for all your kindness to my children and grandchildren; we could not have asked for a better guide and more considerate and kind human being.   Thank you for giving my family a wonderful experience in Israel.  You were exactly what I had hoped for and more so.  The children received  an adventure of a lifetime and hopefully memories that will last as long, but more so a feeling of being part of a special people, culture and  country.  Wishing you and your wife a healthy, happy, peaceful New Year. if you are ever in NYC please don’t hesitate to say hello and our house is yours. – Elaine Fleischman from Long Island, NY (August 2010)

 

Hello Kobi!  First of all thank you so much for your tour; we really enjoyed it.  It’s always beautiful see someone doing something with passion. I’ve seen this in you. – Luiz Carlos Ramiro Junior from Brazil (July 2010)

 

Dear Kobi, We really enjoyed your tour of the Holy City today. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, enthusiasm and insight. We would love to follow you on your fan page. Can you please send it to me? Regards! – The Garbaty Family from Grand Rapids, MI (April 2010)

 

Dear Kobi, This was the second time that I went with you on a tour – my first time was a year ago – and I believe you are one of the best and most professional guides I have ever met in my life. I am a professional licensed guide of French Canada myself and travel with groups as an escort and interpreter all over the world. Apart from being highly professional, you have a wonderful attitude towards your group, plus I was extremely impressed with your deep knowledge on the tour of the Holy City when you dealt in an equally knowledgeable manner with the issues of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Now when I think of Israel, and specifically of Jerusalem, I can’t help thinking of you. Looking forward to being your tourist again.” – Olga Kaminiar from Montreal, Canada (March 2010)

 

Dear Sirs, My father and I have found your publicity by chance in our hotel in Jerusalem and decided to follow a tour Kobi guided on the 24th of January and it was just brilliant. As I work in tourism, I am quite familiar with guides, so I can say that Kobi was especially excellent! Clearly he is passionate about what he does, providing good background info in a nice manner and well-documented. He’s really a person you want to be around, and for that my father and I rearranged our trip to be sure to take part that Wednesday in another tour with him. Another fantastic experience for us with a very qualified if not overqualified guide, Kobi. I wish these words reach him, as he reached to us. We have learned so much during our walks with him and he gave our trip another dimension; a whole new experience, and we would like to thank him for doing so.” – Nathalie Brabants from Belgium (January 2010)

 

Hi Kobi! Thank you again for the great tour we had with you in Israel – we experienced and learned so many interesting things. We have many fond memories (and photos) of the time we spent together. I’ve been recommending your services all around Melbourne! – Fay Selby from Melbourne, Australia (September 2009))

 

Hi Kobi! I want to thank you once more for being my guide in Jerusalem. You placed Jerusalem deep in my heart; it was because of your enthusiasm, your knowledge and your funny stories. I had a GREAT time in Jerusalem thanks to you! – Sylwia Kopowka from Poland (September 2009)

 

“Kobi was a wonderful guide to us and our 4 young children! Knowledgeable, EXTREMELY patient with the kids, never in a rush and always prompt. He came up with excellent activities for the kids to keep them engaged and the kids loved him! You’ll be lucky to get Kobi as your guide!” – Melanie and Eric Appelbaum from Harrison, NY (August 2009)

 

“Thanks so much Kobi for an absolutely great day!!! I will remember it always.” – Tom Irving, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Washington DC (June 2009)

 

“A memorable day, much enhanced by your knowledge and observations; I really enjoyed it.” – Steven O’Connor, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Washington, DC (June 2009)

 

“Hi Kobi, I just wanted to thank you for an AMAZING trip. My trip went above and beyond my expectations. While there, I fell in love with Israel. I hope to be returning as soon as possible. Thanks for being an awesome tour guide!” – Abby Reich (June 2009)

 

“Kobi – You made my first trip to Israel the best experience of my life. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into this trip. You are a great person and any tour group is lucky to have you. Thank you so much for everything.” – Rachel (June 2009)

 

Hey Kobi! How are you? First of all, I wanted to thank you for everything you did for us this trip, all the wonderful information and insights you gave us, especially the extra tidbits, all the little side trips we would not have had the opportunity to make otherwise, and having so much fun with us!! It really made the trip very special. Thanks also for the cd!! My brother and I held my mom captive to listen to the cd on the way home from the airport. Thanks again for everything! – Jess Norman (June 2009)

 

“To Kobi – for doing such an excellent job, a BiG ThAnK YoU! A lot of useful info to take in and process, learnt a lot about Jerusalem and all the different faiths in general.” – Ingrid from London (April 2009)

 

“Kobi, I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful tiyul yesterday. The women had a great time and paid you many compliments. We look forward to sightseeing with you again in the future.” – Zia Rose, Midreshet Rachel (March 2009)

 

Greetings Kobi, Great tour today – had a fabulous time. Definitely looking forward to staying in touch. – Justin Zimmerman, Yeshivat Darchei Noam (February 2009)

 

“Hi Kobi, Thanks for being such a great tour guide during our visit to Israel. We had a great time! Next time we are in Israel we will look you up and we may be sending other patrons your way in the future. Shalom” – Nyla Ismail and Orson Sydora from Texas (February 2009)

 

“Kobi, It was such a pleasure working with you. Our kids benefitted so much from your warmth, knowledge, interactive manner of presenting and the interest you showed in them. Hope your wife is doing well and wishing you all the best. Thanks for taking care of our tzedakah so promptly.” – Rabbi Joe Menashe, Congregation Sherith Israel, Dallas, TX (January 2009)

 

Hey Kobi, Thanks so much! I feel it necessary to again thank you for being a major contributor in creating such great memories, experiences and happy moments for me and the 31 others from our program, not to mention the hundreds more on other programs! You certainly have one amazing job Kobi. Looking forward to walking the land of Israel with you again soon in the future! – Laivi from Australia (December 2008)

 

“Cheers Kobi, Wonderful introduction to the Old city! Tour was great even with your jokes haha kidding! No we really loved the history and then getting around was a lot easier afterwards!” – Fafetai Lava from Samoa & New Zealand (November 2008)

 

http://www.travelblog.org/Middle-East/Israel/Tel-Aviv-District/Tel-Aviv/blog-344919.html – Landowne Family (October 2008)

 

“Last year, my wife’s parents left the U.S. for the first time and came to Israel for our wedding. We hired Kobi as a tour guide, and he traveled with her family all over Jerusalem. Our family members raved about Kobi’s wonderful personality, excellent communication skills, his wealth of knowledge about the places in Jerusalem that were meaningful to them–and most of all, his sense of humour. I highly recommend Kobi and I would definitely use his services again.” – Nadav Rotem (September 2008)