We are grateful for the generous financial support
for the Virtual Israel Experience.
Major funders include:
The Newton and
Rochelle Becker Foundation;
The Ben & Esther Rosenbloom
The Children of Harvey and Lyn Meyerhoff Philanthropic
Fund of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore:
and The Dorot Foundation.
Additional funding has come from the Morris
J. & Betty Kaplun Foundation, Henry & Edith Everett and the Jesselson Foundation.
We also would like to thank the first of our
partners, the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, the Los Angeles Jewish
Federation's Israel Experience Program and Hillel.
We would like to thank Jack
Hazut, the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) and Ministry of Tourism
for many of the photographs on the virtual tour. Besides those noted in
the captions, Ministry of Tourism photos also appear on the pages for Tel Aviv/Jaffa, the Golan
Heights, Tiberias, Ein
Gedi, Safed, Masada,
the Dead Sea, Eilat, Bethlehem, the Negev and Jerusalem. All rights reserved
to Albatross/Itamar Greenberg and to the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.
The slide show photos on all pages are copyrighted by Mitchell
Bard and Marty Block, except the Negev.
On the Old
City page, the Cardo and fifth station of the cross photos are
copyrighted by Mitchell Bard. The seventh station of the cross and
Western Wall tunnel photos are copyrighted by Marty Block.
On the Beyond
the Old City Walls page, the olive tree, Gethsemane church and
priest photos are copyrighted by Marty Block.
On the New
City page, the tree planting, Herzl and Rabin tombs, Holyland
Hotel and Yad Vashem sculpture photos are copyrighted by Mitchell
On the Hebron page, the photo of the Cave of the Patriarchs is copyrighted by
Mitchell Bard and the photo of Kiryat Arba is from the Hebron web site.
On the Golan
Heights page, the photos of the waterfall
and Gamla are copyrighted by Mitchell Bard. Mt. Bental
photo copyright Marty Block.
On The Road to
Jerusalem page, the photos of the tanks and rusted truck are
copyrighted by Mitchell Bard.
GPO photos appear on the Ashkelon, The Road to Jerusalem, Old
City, Rosh Hanikra, Netanya, Nahariya and Ma'alot, the Negev and Zippori pages.
Hazut's photos appear on the Nahariya
and Ma'alot, Nazareth and Negev pages.
Photos from MidEastTruth courtesy of Ilan Friedman appear on Tel
Aviv/Jaffa, Golan Heights, Jerusalem and the Negev.
The photo of Nablus/Mt. Gerazim on the Nablus page is copyright David Carson and
used by permission.
The Ashkelon map is from the Ashkelon
municipality. Photos on the Megiddo page are from the World Zionist Organization and the slide show photos
are from Marty Block.
Photos on the Makhtesh
Ramon page are copyright Marina Markus, Mitchell Bard and Marty
The synagogue photo on the Safed page is copyrighted by Marty Block.
Marty Block and Mitchell Bard also would recommend
their guide in Israel, Dassa Yizhak. He gives private
and group tours, knows Israel like the back of his hand and has an
amazing command of the history of the land from the beginning of time.
He's also a heck of a nice guy. He can be reached at Pri Megadim 16/6,
Ma’ale Adumim 98480, Israel. Tel. 2-535-5461.
Fax. 2-535-4133; Cell 050-271-400.
We would also like to thank the members of the VIE
Advisory Board who have supported the project and offered their
helpful feedback on its development.
We are also very grateful for the design assistance
given by Ben Reynolds and Josh Hyman and the inspiration of their
teacher at Milken Community High School, Kathy Reynolds. We also want
to thank Adam Solomon of Capitol
Web Design and Frank Meade of LiveOnTheNet.com for their help with technical aspects of the site.
Finally, we would like to express our continuing
appreciation for the support of the Board
of Directors of AICE and our many contributors who have rallied
behind our vision for promoting shared values and educating the world
about Jewish history and culture through our web site.