TEL AVIV, the first Jewish city to be built in the modern era, was founded just over a hundred years ago. But it first emerged as a Jewish neighborhood of Jaffa, a city with 5,000 years of recorded history, including cameos in the Hebrew Bible. To fully understand how Tel Aviv became what it is - the economic and cultural capital of Israel - you need to know how it evolved from Jaffa, which up until 1948 was the economic and cultural capital of Palestine. Join local journalist David Sheen for an all-day walking tour of the city, visiting historical landmarks and peeling back layers of time. Learn how the ancient port town known to mariners as the "Mother of Strangers" took in successive waves of immigrants, and how those newcomers transformed the "Bride of the Sea" into Silicon Wadi, the modern metropolis it is today. Take the only tour of Tel Aviv - Jaffa that explores a decade of African history, a century of Jewish history, and a millennium of Arab history. Contact David Sheen directly to arrange a day tour for your family and friends, or for your fellow professionals.

Email: d [at] davidsheen.com
Website: davidsheen.com

DIMONA is best known around the world as Israel's so-called "Samson Option", the location of its semi-secret nuclear power facilities. Picked by Israel's founding father and first prime minister David Ben Gurion to be the country's capital city - even before its very first simple structure had even been erected - this dusty desert town is much more that that. When the United Nations attributed the entire Negev / Naqab desert to the nascent Jewish state in 1947, its leaders tapped North African and East Indian Jews to develop the rural region. African Americans embracing Old Testament worship immigrated in the early 1970s, founding the largest black intentional community in the world, the Hebrew Israelites. And the local Bedouin Arab citizens of Israel adapted themselves to all of the arrivals, evolving from nomadic herders into semi-sedentary satellite communities just outside of town. But at what cost? Meet three of Dimona's local communities, whose stories are also a fractal of Israel's history as a whole. Contact David Sheen directly to arrange a half-day tour for your family and friends, or for your fellow professionals.

Email: d [at] davidsheen.com
Website: davidsheen.com