While the pandemic has presented many challenges in providing enriching activities for residents, it also presented some very unique opportunities. This summer, Israeli educator and Ovation collaborator David Bitan led numerous virtual tours of Israel for residents and community members.

David toured locations throughout Israel which showcased Jewish history, Israel’s history, military prowess, culture, and charming slices of Israeli life. These tours were featured and recorded on Zoom and have now been posted to the Foundation’s YouTube channel so that residents and other community members can enjoy them at their leisure.

“To bring Israel to the community in the midst of this pandemic is one of the most fantastic ideas that we came up with in partnership with one another,” Bitan said. “To connect Ovation’s residents to Israel, its landscapes, and historical sites, warms the heart and soul.”

 

Virtual tours

have included:

  • The Old City o f Jerusalem
  • Neveh Zedek neighborhood of Tel-Aviv
  • Tel-Faher in the Golan Heights
  • Caesaria,
  • Um El Umdan (in Modiin)
  • Old Jaffa
  • a kibbutz tour
  • Zichron Yaakov
  • The Kastel and Mini Israel.

This program was made possible through a grant by the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation.