Meet the Team

David Wexler – Our Tour Guide

David, who guided the October 2012 PRAISE Israel Trip, became captivated by Israel from the very first time he set foot in the country at the age of 17 on a teen tour organized by the Jewish community of Dallas, Texas where he grew up.

He returned to the country during the course of his first academic degree and spent a year at Tel Aviv University’s Overseas Students Program. After completing a B.A. degree in International Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, he returned once again to Israel—this time to complete an M.S. in Management at Beer Sheva’s Ben Gurion University. And he’s been in Israel ever since.
A few years after formally making aliya (immigration to Israel), he was drafted into the Israel Defense Forces where he served in the IDF Spokesman’s Unit in a department working with the foreign press.
He worked in various international marketing roles for Israeli high-tech companies for more than 15 years. And then he decided to pursue his dream of sharing his passion for the Land of Israel with others.
David is a graduate of the prestigious tour guide course at the University of Haifa’s Israel School of Tourism and is a licensed tour guide by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism.

David looks forward to guiding you in David’s Land—the Israel he loves!
Haim Kalifa – Tour Bus Driver Extraordinaire

Haim is returning for the third time to drive PRAISE listeners throughout his homeland during the 13-day tour. He is much more than a bus driver! While traveling with him, you’ll get to experience his many hats…mechanic, waiter, bell hop, ice cream man, traffic controller and much more! Haim’s bright smile and passion to make sure each of his guests have an amazing trip and that all their needs are met are a big part of the success of PRAISE Israel Tours. Haim, his wife and three children live in Jerusalem.

Lori the Promo Girl – Our Travel Leader

Lori the Promo Girl, also known as the Director of Promotions for PRAISE 106.5, will be your point person from start to finish of your journey to Israel. She strives to make this an unforgettable experience for you from answering emails quickly, taking your calls and hosting info nights and pre-trip meetings.

During the trip, Lori will be handling all the details big and small so you can sit back, relax and soak in all that Israel has to offer. She’ll work alongside David and Haim making sure each day’s activities go smoothly and are packed full. Even the little things like room check in, meal considerations and more will be coordinated to meet your requests. Lori’s heart is to meet and exceed your expectations throughout this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Tordes Schaefer-Charlton – Our Travel Agent

Tordes is the Inside Sales Manager for Indus Travels, the agency handling all of travel details for the PRAISE 106.5 2013 Israel trip. If you have a question, she’s the girl to help you get an answer.

Her love of travel and discovering new places began when she was very young, with her parents regularly taking her overseas on family vacations. Later, as a teenager, if not off having adventures in foreign lands, she could be found reminiscing and daydreaming about travel and sharing her passion with others. Tordes considers herself extremely fortunate to have set foot on all seven continents (the most recent being Antarctica in 2011), to have visited over 65 countries worldwide and to have lived for extended periods in five remarkable destinations: Wales, France, Germany, Australia and Bali.

Now in her 15th year in the travel industry, her passion is as fervent as ever and these days she’s the one planning the family vacations; taking her own children out to discover the world and to see them grow through their experiences. From snorkelling with sharks in Belize and zip-lining at Copan to watching orangutans in the wild in Borneo and climbing the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, she’s hoping to instill a love of travel in them and that they find as rewarding as she has over the years.

Helping people discover the pleasure of travel and watching them get bitten by the travel bug is what Tordes enjoys most.

PRAISE 106.5 is partnering with Indus Travels to promote the PRAISE 106.5 Israel Trip. Trip arrangement details, including passenger registration, payment processing, scheduling, travel, lodging, guided tour activities and more, shall be exclusively handled by Indus Travel.

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