About the Zoom 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 graduated from the University of Michigan and felt it was G-d’s will, that she and her husband-to-be would live the dream of moving to Israel. They made Aliyah (moved to Israel) shortly after their wedding. She 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.
Leah says, “'The Prophet Jeremiah said that Jerusalem will be built on its ancient mound' Today, through archaeology, we can see how it is literally built in layers. This is very symbolic, because it has many of meaning and history. 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. 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 childrens' 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.
Leah loves to show people all the key sites and behind-the-scenes places they most enjoy. Now she is bringing these beautiful places, inspiring stories and fascinating history to you in your own home.