Shachar Gal
Founder and Guide

Shalom, my name is Shachar and I am the founder and lead guide for Hands on Israel.  I have been an Israeli tour guide for ten years. I love working with groups of all ages, but I have to say that working with families is my favorite.  I love the challenge of creating a tour that is engaging for each person traveling with me. I try to never do the same thing the same way on a tour. I came up with the tagline “like a fingerprint, no two trips are alike” and I believe it wholeheartedly. 

I am a licensed tour guide by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism as well as a certified education guide through the Ministry of Education. I have a Bachelor's degree from the University of Haifa in Israel. I also served as an Israeli emissary for Shorashim, a Chicago-based Israel education organization. But enough of the credentials, my heart is my family. I am the proud father of two beautiful, sassy, witty daughters and a loving husband to the smartest, most beautiful woman I know. 

Stephanie Zavala
US Program Director and Customer Liaison

Shalom, my name is Stephanie and I live in Fort Worth, Texas. Shachar was my tour guide in March 2015 for my first trip to Israel. I can’t imagine having had a different guide for that first experience. I believed in his mission statement so much that when I was able to come back to Israel in June of the same year, I told him “I’m here to help.” Since then I’ve been working on marketing and communication efforts, as well as customer relations.


I have a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management, a Master’s degree in Environmental Science, and I am also a Certified Public Communicator. I love hearing other people's stories; learning from them and living through them. I am excited to hear the unique fingerprint of your story and experiences in Israel and share them with others who hope to create their own as well.   

Hands on Israel

29 Alfasi St Jerusalem

Free number in the U.S.A: +3124898330

In Israel: +972545552721


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