Who am I ?!
Shai Shvalb-“Know the Land” creates tour experiences, enchanted memories that last for a long time…
I offer tailor made tour experiences of The Land of Israel, customized tours to match your interests and wishes.
I was born in Israel in the 60s to a Zionist family. My grandfather, Moshe David Shvalb, was a leader of religious Zionism in Slovakia. In the early 30s he came to Israel, (and thus attracted after him, and saved many members of the Jewish community of Koshitze Slovakia) settled down in the first Moshava (agriculture community) established in 1878, Petah Tikva. My grandfather established various businesses and was involved in public affairs over the years. As a child and as a member of the Boy Scouts in
Petah Tikva, I’ve traveled all over the country, climbed the mountains and crawled inside caves… After I was released from military service, I worked and had experienced in my life various positions in sales and beening an entrepreneur. Managing my business, included negotiating and dealing with companies and businessmen from China, US and Europe. During this period of time I got a graduate certification for studies in business Administration. I founded and managed a business, but only after the age of advice (as it says in Pirkei Avot: the age of 50 – age of advice) I felt I had to connect with my true love: knowing the land of Israel and the Israeli nation in depth – and endowing this knowledge to the public in large. Hence – the way the tour guides course was short …
I graduated from the School of Tourism at the University of Haifa, the Tel Aviv branch. Licensed by the Ministry of Tourism in Hebrew and English guidance. Initiator and organizer of tours and on-going education for a group of tour guides.
I earned Under Graduate (BA) in Middle Eastern Studies (with distinction). When I learned (about 30 years ago) the history of the Middle East, as well as the Arabic language, I used to have different plans in my mind as to the implementation of this knowledge, plans has change… Later, when I learned in the tour guide course, I re-connected with the rich Arabic language again, and I was glad to see how deep and well the language assimilated into my memory.
In recent years, among other things, I’m devoting myself into writing a comprehensive one-of- a-kind Hebrew-English / English-Hebrew dictionary covering terms dealing with the knowledge of the land and tour guiding in the Land of Israel. The dictionary I write, the first of its kind in the world, comprehensive and having thousands of entries, to be published soon.
I am 57, married to Sarit-spiritual guide and a couple consultant, father of three wonderful children (Omer and Shachar-two biological sons of mine, and Ron-Sari’s daughter), lives in Ra’ananah. Major in reserves army service.
I pick up most of my customers from Tel Aviv, although pick up can be arranged from anywhere else in Israel, according to clientele’s demands.