Shira Is…

... an Israeli, born and raised.

​Growing up in Haifa, I've always taken an interest in people and far away places, always looking to share experiences and culture with others.

After my military service I got the chance to do just that, during my time as a youth counselor with Jewish communities in the United States and while backpacking through Asia, Scandinavia and South America.

Between my journeys I earned a degree in ecology and eventually went back to my long-deferred dream of being a tour guide. I was licensed in March 2011 and today live in Tel Aviv. In 2014 I added a professional driving license to my "Israel Guide Toolbox", and can now also drive my clients in a luxury private car.

For me, guiding is more than a job - it's who I am. I find myself giving whole lectures, complete with tips and hacks, to strangers who have trouble operating the public bicycle system near my house. It fills me with joy to rediscover my country through the eyes of a newcomer, and it is my privilege to be the one to introduce you to the wonders Israel has to offer.

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Fooling around in Jerusalem's Jewish Quearter

Shira Elazary Israeli Tour Guide

Helping my group down the Arbel cliff by the sea of Galilee

Photobombing my tourists at David Waterfall

What's a little photobomb among friends?

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By the famous Menorah by the parliament building

Walking down Allenbi street in Tel Aviv with Jake

Walking down Allenbi street in Tel Aviv with Jake

Cooling down in a waterfall at David Stream Ein Geddi

Cooling down at the Ein Gedi oasis in the Judean desert

Posing with a set of wings set up as street art in Old Jaffa

Taking off in one of Jaffa's many little corners of street art

Guiding The Living Map

Guiding The Living Map

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Guiding in Tzfat, city of Kabala

Shira Elazary Israeli Tour Guide

At Tel Aviv's famous Carmel Market (which also happens to be my local grocery shopping choice)

Bible reading outside the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fish

Bible reading outside the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fish

Jesus Trail Group overlooking Sea of Galilee

Jesus Trail Group overlooking Sea of Galilee

Law Student Delegation for the American Jewish Committee (AJC) at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament)

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On top of Mt. Massada

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