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Daniel Ehrlich – CFOIC Heartland’s Newest Tour Guide

Daniel Ehrlich has been a leader in Jewish and Zionist education for over thirty years.  Today, he guides tour groups all over Israel. Just one day touring with him, and you immediately sense the passion this man has for the Land of Israel and its history. Danny’s mother immigrated to the United States in 1903 … Read more

Yisrael Medad – His Right Word

Political advisor, spokesperson, activist, author, journalist and blogger are just a few of the many hats Yisrael Medad has worn during his impressive fortyfive year career working for the people of Israel in the Land of Israel. Visiting his blog called “My Right Word”, you get a good sense of the kind of guy he … Read more

Dror Vanunu – Looking Back and Looking Forward

It was a hot summer day in August of 2005. Close to 10,000 Jews had been forcibly evacuated from their homes in Gush Katif just a few days earlier and Sondra Oster Baras, Israeli director of CFOIC Heartland, was looking for Dror Vanunu. Dror headed up the international effort to stop the Disengagement and that … Read more

Shulamit Kaminsky – Not Your Average Valley Girl!

If you’ve ever visited the Jordan Valley, chances are you’ve met Shulamit Kaminsky, CFOIC Heartland’s liaison for the Jordan Valley. Just one year after marrying Arnie in New York, Shulamit made Aliyah to Israel in 1972. The couple came with a group of young like-minded immigrants to a kibbutz near Gaza. After a short time, … Read more

Anat Safrir – A Model of Giving

Energetic, amazingly warm and spirited are words that best describe Anat Safrir, a one-of-a kind charity powerhouse in Samaria. These attributes, coupled with her ideology, and “can-do” attitude make her a natural leader. Born and raised in Even Yehuda, near the coastal city of Netanya, Anat comes from a farming family. “Farmers are generally very … Read more

Vered Ben-Saadon – Planting Vineyards on the Mountains of Samaria

During the Second Intifada—the Palestinian uprising between 2000 and 2004, when even the most dedicated pioneers were tempted to leave Samaria to seek safer pastures, the Ben-Saadons were defiantly establishing roots in the area. In 2003, Vered and Erez Ben-Saadon established their family business, the Tura Winery, in the Samaria community of Rechalim. “We lost … Read more

Amatzia Haeitan – The Heart and Mind Behind the Lens

When amatzia was seven, his parents decided to follow a dream. The family of 9 left their home in Jerusalem and joined thirty families on the barren hilltops of Karnei Shomron in Samaria. When they moved their pioneering settlement to nearby Kedumim they exchanged their tents for one large room for the family with a … Read more

Moshe Kempinski – It’s Time To Talk

Growing up, Moshe recalls hearing the shoemaker’s story. People would come to the shoemaker with shoes that needed repair. And this wise man would talk and listen as he worked, unerringly uncovering and discovering a need. And he would mend both the troubled soul and the broken sole. Moshe wanted to be this man, this … Read more

Mickey Bar-Neder

Your Guide to Biblical Israel Mickey Bar-Neder’s profession as a tour guide allows him the privilege of traveling the breadth of his glorious land, educating people with hands-on-lessons about Israel’s history, geography and archeology. This summer, Mickey led a Birthright tour, a discovery program designed to allow Jewish students and young adults who have never … Read more

Natan Greenberg – Soul Searching

Natan Greenberg, known back then as Johnny, grew up in the U.S. He visited Israel for the first time at the age of 12 and he was hooked. His second visit was a few years later and he told his parents that he was moving. Naturally, they felt he was too young. Not deterred, he … Read more