My name is Hannah Blustin and I founded Pomegranate Travel.
I was born and raised in London. Having been through Oxford and a finance career in the City, I can honestly say I felt pretty wed to England, and London in particular. And then I met and married an Israeli, and was whisked off to the Middle East. Yikes.
I was not a complete stranger to Israel, having previously visited, nor was I a stranger to adventures abroad, having unleashed my passion for travel at every given opportunity, from backpacking as a student, to copious luxury travel fueled by a City lifestyle. However, I was not prepared for the intensity of my experience in Israel. I fell in love, in a complex, rich kind of way, the intellectual intensity of which was somehow perfectly sweetened by the joie de vivre and sensuality one finds here.
In Israel, one can’t help but be inspired by the pervading spirit of innovation and entrepreneurialism, by people following their dreams rather than a nine to five. So I jumped on the band wagon and set up Pomegranate Travel – my chance to share this little known, endlessly fascinating place where sensual indulgence and intellectual stimulation come magically all wrapped up together.
Today I am based between London and Israel, with quite a bit of time spent in the USA, and I can honestly say I am living my dream by running Pomegranate Travel – which it turns out is much more exciting than banking!
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Hannah, You are the Goddess of Israel Travel!Deirdre J, NY
My name is Ryan and I am the Chief Travel Architect at Pomegranate Travel.
I grew up in South Africa where I was heavily involved in Jewish informal Education. In 2001, my passion for Israel led me to make Aliyah (decide to live in Israel). During my early days of working in Israel, I headed up the Jewish Agency’s Student Delegation Unit which led me to the field of educational tourism and eventually the private travel sector. I spent years learning everything I could about the luxury travel industry in Israel and at this point I can honestly profess my expertise in the field! I have a particular passion for food and Israeli entrepreneurship and where relevant I love to imbue our crafted itineraries with special experiences in both areas. I love meeting new people and truly try to treat each client as a friend. My aim is to make sure your visit to Israel is not just a vacation but a memory packed experience.
Ryan was unbelievable in looking after us before and throughout our trip.Robert S, Miami
My name is Gal and I am Pomegranate’s Director of Operations.
I was actually born and raised in the Israel of the 70’s and 80’s. Unlike now, back then travelling out of the country was more unusual and was quite expensive. So… I travelled Israel. With my parents, first, and pretty soon on my own. My close relations with the land and its history, as well as present, evolved and developed through the years when I made it my hobby to find something interesting to explore around any place I was in. In my teen years I even went ‘backpacking’ through the various regions on the country, as if I were a real tourist from way across the globe, though seldom I got more than 3 hour’s drive from my home. Academic studies in archaeology and history followed so eventually, after some career explorations in other fields, I found myself in the tourism industry which seemed to be the natural place for me to seek a balance between work and my most loved hobby. In between short excursions I regularly take in Israel, Cyprus and Bulgaria, I study the topic of being a father to 4 (just finishing my 18th academic year…), and exploring the life cycle of a huge grape vine I cultivate in my garden as sort of an unusual pet.
My name is Leesa and I am a Journey Consultant at Pomegranate Travel.
I am originally from Montreal, Canada. My thirst to learn more about Israel and the journey of the Jewish people, led me to take an Israeli tour guide course, a Masters in Jewish Professional Studies, and a certificate in Israel Education. My professional career has focused on informal Jewish education, Israel and Holocaust studies. For many years, I worked for the Canadian Jewish community overseeing and perfecting the logistical side of a large number of Canada-Israel related projects and delegations. After ten years I understood how best to be immersed in Israeli culture and the answer was simple: to marry an Israeli! Together we have 3 beautiful children, which led to a short break from the working world. I re-joined the world of ‘Israel sharing’ by joining Pomegranate Travel, where I feel so lucky to be sharing the history, culture, language and people of this incredible country, with all of our wonderful clients.
Leesa was helpful, kind and extremely professional.
Allan F, Toronto
My name is Yasmin and I am a Journey Consultant at Pomegranate Travel.
I grew up in Manchester, England knowing my whole life that I had a strong connection with Israel. My father is Israeli and growing up we would travel to Israel 2-3 times a year instilling a lifelong passion for this beautiful and enchanting country. Today I am in my dream job as every day I work with Israel – the land, experiences and people – and best of all I enable others to get a taste of the country too. Working for over 6 years in the Israeli Educational tourism field I feel privileged to have found a profession that I can make other people’s dreams come true too, as well as continue to develop my own knowledge of this diverse country. I love travelling and exploring new places but as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz said, “There is no place like home”. When out of the office, you will find me eating. I am a big foodie and love trying out new restaurants, street foods and cooking myself. My secret talent is creating grazing tables for family and friends.
My name is Yuliya and I am an Operations Manager at Pomegranate.
I have a long and deep professional background of over ten years working in the tourism industry. Originally from the Ukraine, there I developed my passion for organising business meetings, conferences and incentive trips, always with a focus on the little details which make a big difference, and ensuring the smoothest of logistics. Love, in the shape of an Israeli husband, brought me to discover Israel – and learn all about this small but rich and diversified country and I can now say that having extensively travelled the country I have two new loves – my husband and Israel! As a mother of two, I am – like everyone else – seeking to find a satisfying balance between working hard and devoting time to the family, and even to my hobbies of knitting and sewing home accessories! I love to travel more widely too, especially in my home country and in Europe’s cultural capitals and rural delights.
My name is Dana and I am an Operations Manager at Pomegranate.
I was born in NYC and was raised in Boston. Every summer my family spent the summer vacation in Israel. This made me fall in love with Israel and make great friends there. There are so many places I truly love in this country, but perhaps my favourite is the North, specifically the Kinneret – also known as the Sea of Galilee (it’s a lake though not a sea!), with its beautiful lowland views set against the rising Golan heights, and its magical sunsets. I enjoy doing water-sports in the freshwater – an amazing way to cool off in those hot summers! I get a kick out of helping people experience Israel whether it’s a first time trip with the classic sites, or finding hidden gems for someone returning for the hundredth time – either way I love it and I feel truly lucky to be able to work in this field.
My name is Sam and I'm the Finance Manager at Pomegranate Travel.
I am an avid traveller and spent much of my youth exploring Asia, Australia, Central America and Europe. Professionally I have a diverse background in co-ordination and logistics positions and project management, before coming to Pomegranate where I am responsible for office management and finance. Due to the restraints of my two little rugrats who keep me tied to one place, my travelling is on hold, but I love the office atmosphere where we are constantly planning amazing trips for others, and I hope one day to return to my lifelong quest of searching for the best beach in the world!
Samantha – we are back home now but I wanted to send you an email letting you know what a great job you and your team did while we were in Israel.Terry S, Texas
My name is Romy and I am the Office Manager at Pomegranate Travel.
I am originally from Johannesburg in South Africa and have always had a special affinity with Israel, including being massively inspired by a special Barmitzvah trip to Israel (like the ones we organize at Pomegranate!), which convinced me to seek a greater connection. Today instead of working in insurance, as I did for many years, I am thrilled to facilitate Israel discovery, engagement and fun! I still get to use my skills of being super organized, and an office wiz, but all within what is a little bit more of a lively and joyful field. Outside of work, I love to spend time with my family, read books and relax on the beach.
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