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Joe Yudin owns Touring Israel, a company that specializes in “Lifestyle” tours of Israel.
a small hill between the Jezreel Valley and Lower Galilee lies a
special community called Kfar Tikvah meaning “Village of Hope”. In this
picturesque hilltop community live some 200 adults with developmental
and emotional disabilities. Dr. Siegfried Hirsch was a German-Jewish
scientist who moved to Palestine in 1930 during the rise of the Nazi
party. He decided to create Kfar Tikvah in order to “…create an
environment where adults with special needs can lead active, productive
lives filled with opportunities for personal growth, communal
camaraderie, and meaningful opportunities to integrate in the community
at large.” He secured an old abandoned kibbutz from the state in 1964
and started to build his vision.
Today the village boasts a staff
of over 100 people, both paid and volunteers from Israel and abroad.
The organization provides its residents and commuters with a wide range
of educational, cultural and physical activities. The most impressive
attribute of Kfar Tikvah is their commitment to integrate their people
into the everyday workplace. They do this in various ways with many
companies and communities but perhaps the most impressive attribute is
the commitment to Kfar Tikvah of the Tulip Winery and its owners the
The Tulip Winery was established in 2003 as a
boutique winery. Yithak Yitzaki, an engineer by profession turned his
love of wine into a hobby leading to the opening of the winery. He would
travel the world with his young family visiting wineries all along the
way, not going to the typical tourist destinations but focusing on the
many wine countries all over the world. Yitzhak’s son Roy developed a
deep love for wine and wine making as a result and turned the winery
into a successful business with three clear goals in mind:
1. Produce only high quality wines without any compromises.
2. Give great value for money in order to share his wine with the masses.
3. Build the winery in Kfar Tikvah in order to help develop the village to which his family has always had a deep connection.
years ago the people of Kfar Tikvah were integrated into the process of
the wine making from start to finish including the picking of the
grapes, the bottling of the wine and the packing and shipping of the
bottles. In 2004, Tulip began negotiations to gain kashrut certification
and the practice of employing the non-religious residents of Kfar
Tikvah at a kosher winery became an issue.
After six years of
negotiations Tulip and the Rabbinate came to an agreement whereby the
Kfar Tikvah residents could continue to work there with the guidance of
religious Jewish workers handling all issues of Kashrut in order to gain
Kosher certification. Today thirty-three residents continue to work at
the Tulip Winery and thrive there as valuable, productive workers.
grounds are beautiful and the tours are well worth a visit. On my
latest visit with a family from Florida a tour was organized along with
tastings and a variety of boutique local cheeses, olives and bread. The
wines were fabulous. The two white wines produced there are a semi-dry
“White Franc” and a dry “White Tulip” The White Tulip is made from a
blend of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.
come in four different series, the “Just Series” which includes a Merlot
and a Cabernet Sauvignon aged in oak barrels for six months. Their
“Mostly Series” includes a Shiraz and Cabernet Franc both aged in oak
barrels for eighteen months. Their “Premium Series” includes a Syrah
that has won gold medals in wine competitions all over the world and a
Cabernet Sauvignon. Their flagship brand, the “Black Tulip” label is on a
whole other level. It is a blend of Bordeaux aged for three years in
the best oak barrels available using only the best grapes.For a visit and tour of the Tulip Winery in the Lower Galilee call 04-983-0573 or e-mail Or at email@example.com. Their website is http://tulip-winery.co.il/entours.html?v=1344910227.For information about Kfar Tikvah or to visit or donate to the organization call 04-9539721or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Their website is www.kfar-tikva.org.il.Joe Yudin
became a licensed tour guide in 1999. He completed his Master’s degree
at the University of Haifa in the Land of Israel Studies and is
currently studying toward a PhD.