About the Tour Guide
Leah Bowman, licensed guide in Israel, moved to Israel with her husband over 26 years ago. Originally from the Jewish community of the Detroit area, Leah attended Cranbrook Kingswood school and later graduated from the University of Michigan. While in university, Leah used the summers to explore different options including a career in political journalism in Washington, D.C. and life in Israel. On one trip to Israel, she met her soon-to-be husband they realized it was "meant to be," that they would live the dream of moving to Israel. They lived in Toronto for one year (his home town), and then made aliyah (moved to Israel). Leah invested many years in raising their 5 children full-time and occasionally organizing some educational travel programs. When their children were a little older, Leah went back to school for the tour guide course. The Israeli guide course is an intensive multidisciplinary course touching on all aspects of the Land of Israel: history, religions, archaeology, geology, and much more. After passing the licensing exams, Leah realized that the course was just the beginning of a wonderful journey of learning and exploring the Land of Israel which she has continued for over a decade. And her children are sure that the years she spent at home with them is what makes her an exceptional guide for families.
Leah says, “The Prophet Jeremiah said that Jerusalem will be 're-built on its ancient mound.'" Today, through archaeology, we can see how it is literally built in layers. This is very symbolic, because it also has many layers of meaning and history. These layers mean that we cannot understand Jerusalem all at once. Learning about Jerusalem and the Land of Israel is a very fulfilling, but never-ending process. There is always more to learn: additional sources, new routes, new excavations and new behind-the-scenes stories. Leah has made it her goal to explore every corner of Jerusalem and the Land of Israel and to share her journey with others. Leah’s aim is that every tour will be an exceptional experience, and meaningful and interesting for everyone whether it is their first visit or they have toured many times, whether they are 5, 45 or 85 years old. Every tour or Zoom tour is its own adventure.
Leah has guided hundreds of groups of all sizes, including Jewish and Christian groups, VIPs and families. Leah is also one of the guides on staff at the Western Wall Tunnels as well as several other sites in Jerusalem. She also runs some children's programs in the Old City of Jerusalem in order to be more deeply connected to the Old City, and to give back to the local community there. She specializes in tours in the Jerusalem area including the Etzion Bloc where she, her husband and children have lived for over 20 years.
Leah loves to show people all the key sites and behind-the-scenes places they most enjoy. Now she is also bringing these beautiful places, inspiring stories and fascinating history to you in your own home.