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Jonathan Lipnick - Jerusalem Private Tours

#106 of 513 Tours in Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel
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About Jonathan Lipnick - Jerusalem Private Tours
The essence of Jerusalem's Old City. Join me on a fascinating walking tour of the most famous sites within the walled city including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Temple Mount as well as numerous other beautiful sites off the beaten track. My specialty is making the complex history of this dense city accessible through thought-provoking insights and anecdotes. If you love to learn and are fascinated by history and religion, there is absolutely nothing more intellectually stimulating than an intense day touring Jerusalem.
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Gabriel M wrote a review Jun 2020
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I had the pleasure of working with Jonathan over the course of several years during my tenure as a senior educator for an academic gap-year program. He is one of the finest guides I've ever worked with. His depth of knowledge - and, more importantly, his ability to make that information accessible and understandable to an audience from varying backgrounds - was exactly what our diverse student population needed. Guides come in all stripes, but what made Jonathan stand out was his ability to adapt to the needs of his clientele, be flexible with scheduling and content, and really embrace the challenge of sometimes working with a larger group (as many as 60 individuals!). Don't think twice. Book him immediately.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from jlp474, Owner at Jonathan Lipnick - Jerusalem Private Tours
Responded Jul 1, 2020
GabrielM, Many thanks for your thoughtful and glowing review. It was truly a privilege to work with you and your fantastic students over these past years. A big thanks to you and your colleagues for giving me the opportunity to do what I love in front of so many curious young people. Although it might take a while, this wretched COVID saga will eventually pass. I look forward to us all getting back to working, traveling and learning the inside story of the beautiful places we visit. Best of luck with everything!
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Hannah W wrote a review Jun 2020
Seattle, Washington1 contribution
Amazing guide! One of the highlights of my nine-months in Israel. Super kind and knowledgable. Even after living here for almost a year, I still had so many questions and he was able to answer all of them. The tour was very intellectual, feels almost like an engaging class as opposed to a tour. I'm definitely going to recommend him to any of my family or friends who visit Jerusalem.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from jlp474, Owner at Jonathan Lipnick - Jerusalem Private Tours
Responded Jun 16, 2020
Hannah, Thanks very much for the great review! I am thrilled that the tour of Jerusalem I gave you last week was a stand-out of your time in Israel. For me, as well, this was a noteworthy day, as this was the first tour I have given in three and half months due to the COVID-19 crisis. It was indeed odd to be back in the Old City and to see so many familiar sites almost totally devoid of tourists. I guess you can consider yourself lucky to have had the opportunity to see Jerusalem during this weird off-season. Let's hope that this corona saga eventually ends and we can all get back to travelling and seeing beautiful places. See you next time you are in Israel!
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Danna M wrote a review Mar 2020
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I had a very specific interest in learning about the history of Christianity in Jerusalem, and could not have asked for a better guide. I elected for a running tour with Jonathan and it was fantastic. Aside from being extremely knowledgeable, interesting and dynamic in his delivery - there wasn't a single dull moment - Jonathan was thoughtful in crafting the tour according to my interests, time limits and physical abilities, and adjusted as we went along to make the experience perfect. We focused on my area of interest, but Jonathan has such broad range of knowledge (and sense of humor!) that other information and analysis peppered his guiding and enriched my learning. If you are seeking a tour that transcends the mundane, goes off and on the beaten path, adjusts to your experience, provides social context alongside historic fact and traditional narratives and, most importantly, is interesting and enjoyable - I highly recommend Jonathan.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from jlp474, Owner at Jonathan Lipnick - Jerusalem Private Tours
Responded Jul 1, 2020
Danna, Many many thanks for the lovely words! I had a blast running with you through the historic parts of Jerusalem and teaching you about the Christian history of the city. As you saw, there is much more Christianity to be seen in the area of the Old City than just the Stations of the Cross. It's really remarkable how many foundational pieces of Christian identity are situated within such a tiny area - between the Mount of Olives and Jaffa Gate. Because we were jogging as opposed to walking, we really accomplished a lot! It was an honor to show you - a lifelong local Jerusalemite - some new sites you had not seen before. I hope and pray that we will return to touring after the pandemic subsides. Stay healthy!
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362dannis wrote a review Mar 2020
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great guide ! Kind , fun , Great English ! Endless knowledge! Gives you the full picture in details . Involves seeing the best and most interesting points of Jerusalem’s passed and present objectively and clearly .
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from jlp474, Manager at Jonathan Lipnick - Jerusalem Private Tours
Responded Jul 1, 2020
Thank you for the great review. It was lots of fun to show you around Jerusalem, particularly b/c it was just a few days before the corona-virus totally upended tourism. We were lucky to see the city when we did. I wish you good health and a speedy return to travel. Take care!
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Anna S wrote a review Mar 2020
Tel Aviv, Israel15 contributions
Jonathan was our private guide in English language and it was an amazing tour, one of the best I ever participated. Jonathan is very intelligent, with wide knowledge in many topics. He spontaneously picks those topics people would like to know more about. It can be history, art, science, etc. Lots of angels could be enlightened. Also Jonathan is really passionate about what he is doing. Very very special tour!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Response from jlp474, Owner at Jonathan Lipnick - Jerusalem Private Tours
Responded Mar 4, 2020
Your review made me smile! I'm thrilled to learn that a walking tour of Jerusalem has the capacity to enlighten even the angels. I will certainly keep this heavenly insight in mind as I continue to lead tours around the earthly Jerusalem. It was a real honor to guide you and your international guests around the Old City. Many thanks for your excellent questions throughout the tour. I hope that we meet again!
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