Ilan Bloch, 37, works as a tour guide, teacher and session facilitator for individual tourists, and adult, family and student/young adult groups from overseas. Before making Aliyah more than a decade ago, he worked as a Jewish Studies, Hebrew and Israel Studies teacher, and served as the Head of Informal Jewish Education, at The King David School in Melbourne, Australia. He is married and lives in Jerusalem.
Ilan holds a Ministry of Tourism Tour Guide License and a Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) Ministry of Education-authorized Tour Guiding Certificate. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Education, and a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Teaching Diploma) in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Literature.
Ilan has previously worked with Ramah Programs in Israel, USY, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Israel Experience Ltd, the World Zionist Organization Hagshama Department, Yeladim-Netivot, NOAM, B'nei Akiva Olami, Yavneh Olami, Melitz, Otzma, CIDI, CiJO, Kibbutz Be'erot Yitzchak Ulpan, Israel-Australia Chamber of Commerce, Herzl Museum, Hadassah WUJS, the Zionist Federation of Australia, Young Judaea, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the Australian Zionist Youth Council and Mount Scopus Memorial College.
I love to guide using Jewish texts, primary and secondary sources, song and poetry, discussions and debates, and other methodologies to enrich your Israel tour educational experience! I believe in an intellectual and academically rigorous approach to teaching and learning about Israel, which develops knowledge and skills, while exposing tourists to values and attitudes, without trying to promote a particular set of beliefs and practices. I seek to promote a serious engagement with the Land, People and State of Israel, while recognizing the multifaceted and variegated nature of Jewish identity and people's connections to Israel. Put simply, there is more than one way to have a relationship with Israel! I seek to develop independent and critical thinking amongst tourists, and have them ask pertinent questions, rather than providing them answers.