The Fun Side of Israel

Me painted into a mural on the wall of a Jerusalem street. (

Shalom! I’m Joel Haber, though most people know me simply as Fun Joel. I’m a licensed tour guide here in Israel, and I would love to show you my country. I believe everyone deserves personal attention and a customized tour to fit your needs. Whether you are looking for a single-day tour, a multi-week intro to this beautiful land or a specialty tour focused on a topic of interest, I can design and guide the perfect itinerary for you. I’m also happy to book hotels and take care of other logistical needs, if you like.

When it comes to touring this diverse and unique country, one size does not fit all. There are so many different types of sites, so many different subjects that can be explored and (most importantly) so many different types of tourists with varying interests and backgrounds. I take pride in creating tours that speak to that very diversity.

I have worked with groups of many types. From an individual business person with a single day of vacation, to a group from a cruise ship docked in Haifa, to a busload of new immigrants in their 20s and 30s looking to get to know their new homeland. Observant Jews from America, Serbian Orthodox Christians, Brazilian Catholics, Conservative and Reform Jews, agnostics and secular Jews or Christians.

On Jerusalem's Tayelet with MMY

Guiding a group of Gap Year students from a girls’ seminary in Jerusalem.

Senior citizens, families with little children or teens, newlywed couples and groups of single friends. I have worked with all of them, and enjoyed guiding them all.

In addition to more general tours, I also have some specialty tours that I guide. These include culinary, environmental and city walking tours. But in addition to full specialty tours, all itineraries can also be molded to focus on a specific area of interest.

I also offer itinerary planning and hotel booking services as a stand-alone or add-on feature.

My nickname is not something I chose for myself, and it wouldn’t have stuck if it were inaccurate. I take pride in making sure that every tour I give is not just educational and inspirational, but also enjoyable and fun. Contact me today, and let me show you the Fun Side of Israel!