The official

In Search of Israeli Cuisine FOOD TOUR

led by:

Roger Sherman director and creator of the film  

in a nutshell

October 11 - 14
  • Explore the Old City of Akko

  • Private tour with prodigy chef Osama Dallal

  • Druze Home Hospitality and Cooking Workshop

  • Jewish and Christian quarters in depth

  • Meet Wine Expert Michal Ackerman for Wine Tasting

October 14-17
  • Tastes o Jerusalem Tour in Muslim Quarter

  • Jewish and Christian Quarters in Depth

  • East vs. West in Jewish Cuisine

  • Tasting Tour of Machane Yehuda Market

October 17-19
  • Shai Zeltser's Goat and Cheese Farm​

  • Naot Desert Farm

  • Poyke Dinner in the Desert 

  • Food Tour of Levinsky Market with Journalist Ronit Vered

  • Rama's Kitchen special farewell dinner


The people

The people behind the trip

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Roger Sherman 

Creator and director of the film

Tour leader

Roger Sherman is a renowned documentary filmmaker. His films have won an Emmy, a Peabody, a James Beard Award and two Academy Award nominations. He is a producer, director, cinematographer, still photographer, author, and a founder of Florentine Films. His award winning film, In Search of Israeli Cuisine, on which this tour is based, is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food, conflict and all. The multiple James Beard Award winning chef Michael Solomonov was the film's chef/guide. It has been shown at over 160 film festivals and special screenings around the world and in theaters across the U.S. Watch it on Netflix. About Roger's film The Restaurateur, a portrait of Danny Meyer (Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe, The Modern, Shake Shack++), Kat Kinsman,writing for CNN’s Eatocracy, said "Beg, borrow as needed, but do yourself a favor and see Roger Sherman's doc." A food photographer, Roger's work has been published in Saveur, Budget Travel, Newsweek and many other publications.

Also on the trip is Dorothy Kalins, creator of Saveur magazine, and producer of three books by Michael Solomonov, including Zahav, which won the James Beard Best Cookbook Award, and Israeli Soul. She's also Roger's wife.

Orit Levy

Tour Guide

Orit was born and raised in Jerusalem. After spending years in different cities, she came back to settle there. Orit holds an MA from Hebrew University in Philosophy and she brings even this knowledge to her guiding.  After 15 years in the restaurant business as a manager and culinary consultant, Orit became a certified tour guide and now works to combine both of her loves- food and travel. A culinary tour with Orit is a double treat- you spend time with this amazing, knowledgable, warm woman and eat delicious food. What more could you need?  Orit uses food to tell the story and history of Israel- past and present.

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Ros Roucher

Content Manager - Via Sabra

Ros joins the Shefa Team as the glue that binds the journey. Together with Shawna, Ros creates an itinerary out of the wide range of ideas in her arsenal and her immense experience in educational and experiential travel.  Ros holds a Masters of Jewish education from Hebrew Union College Rhea Hirsch School of Education and a BA from Brandeis University.  She has worked in a wide-range of Jewish community organizations in the U.S. and, since making aliyah in 2007, has been working in Israel travel.  The Shefa Journey trip is a labor of love for Ros as it allows her to tap into all of her interests and passions.

Via Sabra - Unfolding Israel


Travel Coordinators

VIA SABRA, a young, vibrant, boutique travel company, is focused on ensuring that the best of Israel is shown to our clients. Established in 2012, Via Sabra developed its unique approach to Israel through the gastronomical flavors that is offered in the country. Avihai Tsabari, founder and innovator of Via Sabra, is also a tour guide specializing in the food and wine of Israel. Via Sabra provides exceptional service and understands both the needs of first-timers to Israel as well as those who continue to return to experience the unique wonders of the ancient and modern, the tastes and smells and the people of Israel. 





$4800 USD

Max Participants
Price per person in a double room

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What's included:

  • Transportation throughout the trip for all programmed activities

  • Group transfer to Ben Gurion Airport at the culmination of the program

  • Services of a licensed tour guide throughout the trip

  • Hotels throughout the trip including breakfast:

    • North- Mitzpe Hayamim - Yasmin room

    • Jerusalem - Orient-Standard room

    • Tel Aviv - Royal Beach - Bellavista room

  • All breakfasts. Lunches and dinners as indicated in the itinerary

  • All site entry fees and activities in the itinerary

  • Single supplement for this trip - $1500 USD

What's not:

  • Transportation to and from the airport

  • VIP arrival or departure services

  • Flights

  • Travel and health insurance (recommended).

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  • Tips for tour guide and drivers

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