We are grateful for the generous financial support for the Virtual Israel Experience.
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 Bard.
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.
Photos on the Makhtesh Ramon page are copyright Marina Markus, Mitchell Bard and Marty Block.
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.