Kobi Cooper

Tour Guide

Kobi moved to Jerusalem from the States more than 18 years ago in order to jump out of planes for a living. A fear of heights left him grounded though it dropped him in the Old City of Jerusalem for a year and a half running educational seminars for the army after which he began his world tour. He has worked in four countries, attended university in five, lived in seven and traveled to almost forty. Along the way he picked up a degree in Middle Eastern and African Studies, a high-school fan club in Japan, judged an African fashion show, and somehow survived typhoons, earthquakes, volcanoes, tornados, hurricanes, typhoid fever, Turkish prisons and Bangkok nights, until he finally realized that he was happiest (and safest) when he was living and guiding here in Israel.  Plus he has seen plenty of guides in action all over the world – and (hopefully) has a good sense of what makes a great one.  

He has worked as a guide since 2006 and has guided groups, families and individuals from all faiths, traditions and backgrounds. Kobi is a traditional, observant Jew, however, he grew up attending a Conservative synagogue in Philadelphia and ran a pluralistic Jewish student center (Hillel) for 3 years.  At the same time his biological father is a Protestant Minister and step-mother is a Catholic school teacher.   Basically, he speaks your language, whatever it is…. including Zulu.  Seriously.  Finally, Kobi once jumped out of a 2nd-story window to escape a burning…. sense of boredom while in Hebrew School.  He promises that while on tour with him the experience is meaningful – and educational – but most of all enjoyable!  

Kobi Cooper