I work for an Israeli company and every year we have a Sales Kick Off, essentially a chance for the entire Sales, Marketing and Executive Teams, as well as select Engineering resources, to get together to review 2017, as well as prepare for 2018. Last year we all met at The Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas, which was amazing. This year they did one better, flying all of us to Israel. While the SKO was worthwhile, the opportunity to see Tel-Aviv, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Galilee, Nazareth, Capernaum, the River Jordan, Masada and the Dead Sea were a once in a lifetime experience (although I’ve been to Israel before!).

Unlike previous SKOs, our employer really encouraged us to know Israel, which was quite generous. While I do not consider myself a zealot, I did attend religious education as a child and am a somewhat regular attendee of weekly Mass service. It was simply awe inspiring to see the sites that I’ve read and heard about over the course of my lifetime. Combining that with my love of history, it was the most incredible trip I’ve ever taken.

This is the first post of several that I will be making about my travels to Israel, some of the lessons learned, as well as some of the sites that I was fortunate to see. I hope you enjoy it.