Dear Carole,

Thank you for coordinating our recent Los Angeles Religious Leaders Mission.  The members of our delegation--rabbis, bishops, ministers, professional and volunteer leaders representing diverse Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities --had a unique and successful trip to the Vatican, Rome, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

As mission co-leader with Bishop Edward Clark, I am well aware of the complex land, air, dining, meeting and touring arrangements for our interfaith mission.  You coordinated these complicated details smoothly and professionally, and ensured that the group had a wonderful and meaningful experience.

Carole, it is always a pleasure to work with you.  Thanks again for a memorable trip!

Rabbi Mark S. Diamond Exc V.P. 
The Board of Rabbis of Southern California
Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
6505 Wilshire Bl. 9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA  90048

I have had the opportunity of working closely with Carole Kracer, professionally and in her capacity as a volunteer, for over ten years.  Most recently, we worked together when Carole provided excellent professional staff support to a leadership Mission which the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles made to Israel.

Carole's attention to complex logistics, handling of the demands of participants and response to those emergencies which arose make me comfortable with recommending her to any organization planning group travel.

John R. Fishel, President                            
The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles

On behalf of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo please accept our gratitude for developing a superb Mission experience to Prague and Budapest. Your professionalism and expertise helped to carve out an itinerary that we will long remember.  What a delight and pleasure it was for us to work with you. We had so many requests and you were always able to meet our expectations.  Hopefully we can plan future trips together.

With warmest regards,
Judy and Dan Kantor   
Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo

Dear Carole,

We want to thank you for coordinating such an extraordinarily wonderful trip for our congregation.  It was creative, fascinating, interesting and an experience about which people are still talking, glowing and thrilled.

Thank you for your expertise, connections and warm and caring manner.  We were thrilled to spend time with you in Berlin after our visits to Prague and Budapest.  We look forward to seeing you soon.  We send our best to you. 

Rabbi Ron & Judy Shapiro
Congregation Shalom
Milwaukee, WI 

Dear Carole,

I am writing to express my gratitute for the wonderful job that you have done to make our tour such a success.  All of the arrangements were handled professionally and I know that my travelers had a wonderful and meaningful Israel experience.  I can't tell you how much I appreciated all of the little personal extras that you provided.  From you meeting us at LAX as we departed to the wonderful signage and little parting gifts.  I fully appreciated Dalit's (from Mabat Platinum Touring Services) keeping in touch with the guide and with me as the tour progressed.

Rabbi Mike LotkerTemple Ner Ami
Camarillo, CA 

Just wanted to let you know what a fabulous trip you planned for us in Israel.  Every step of the way was wonderful and we enjoyed everything planned.

Hopefully we can use your services again!


Dear Carole,

The land agent in Cuba was absolutely outstanding in every respect. Our visit with Adela at El Patronato included attendence at a full Shabbat service with 40 people, many from France, the US, Brazil, elsewhere, and then we stayed for a modest but tasty chicken dinner. Adela shared some thoughtful professional and personal history with us, and we left a package of goods. She spoke of two oz. of coffee per person per month, two pounds of meat per person per month, modest amounts of rice and cooking oil. The shul is beautiful.  They receive assistance from the Joint Distribution Committee and people like us.

In Santa Clara we had a very affecting meeting with David Tasher, of Turkish Jewish ancestry. We went to their tiny cemetery with its Holocaust monument. David is a man who hopes and dreams, and we all wish his very tiny Jewish community well in their new little building.

Rebecca Langus of the perpetual and winning smile greeted us very warmly at her upstairs apartment in the Cienfuegos Jewish community. She is a woman full of charm and enthusiasm. We met her husband and two sons and spent an hour learning of her practices and aspirations. She seemed genuinely grateful for the items we had brought.

Our final visit was at the Sephardic synagogue.  Dr. Myer is a candid and forthright woman and we had a brief but pleasant conversation. A cooking class was underway and we were invited to share in their newly made empanadas. They accepted our gifts gratefully.

The music everywhere was great — not good but great. My personal highlights were the Hemingway estate (I am an old English major and student of Hemingway) and neighboring Cojimar with its blue daiquiris, the Jewish cemeteries, the area around Plaza las Armas in Havana, the Parque Central Hotel,  the 50-60-year-old cars in their “new” paint jobs, photographing in Miramar and Old Havana.

Lois and Gordon Cohn
Dear Carole,

Our trip was a once-in-a-lifetime happening for our entire family.  Every aspect was fantastic.  Your attention to detail made a huge difference in the success and enjoyment of our tour.

Our guide Doron was great.  He was outstanding with the kids and adults alike.  He was fun, knowledgable and most accommodating.  Our itinerary was packed with so many great points of interest and locations.

We all had such a fabulous time.  We laughed, we cried and were greatly moved. 
Thank you so much for your thorough and thoughtful preparation.

In friendship and love,
Florine and Bernie


Nancy and I want to thank you for aranging our extraordinary two weeks in Israel.  From our first phone conversation about this trip, through our meeting to go over the itinerary, and finally getting together for sodas on the patio at the King David  at the half-way point of our trip, you conveyed both professionalism and an infectious enthusiasm about the planning of our travel in Israel. 

The variety of activities you planned had not only our daughter, but us, actively engaged throughout the entire two weeks.  But the dominant theme that made the trip so memorable was the companionship of our guide from your Israeli tour company, Mabat.  He was a perfect companion for us: extremely knowledgeable, a great personality fit, very attentive to our daughter, and extremely flexible about last minute requests for changes in the itinerary. 

Overall, we couldn't have asked for more.  Most importantly, our daughter came home with a renewed appreciation for Israel and memories that will last her  a lifetime.  We can't thank you enough.

Warm Regards,
Bob & Nancy 
Santa Monica, CA

Dear Carole,

I wanted to let you know that we had an incredible experience this past summer under your guidance and direction.  Brandon’s Bar Mitzvah family trip to Israel was all that we could have asked for and we thank you for taking care of the big picture and the small details.  There were no “hiccups” – only smiles, satisfied grins and a deepened connection to the State of Israel.



The Israel trip with Rabbi Lotker was wonderful!  The bouquet of roses was beautiful for Shabbat.

Thank-you for all of your efforts which made our trip so enjoyable and enlightening

Herb & Marilyn


We had the BEST time, thanks to you!  Everything was so perfect.  Our guide was amazing, I hate to keep saying "perfect" but he was.  The weather was wonderful, the hotels were fine.  This was the trip to end all trips, now I want to go back asap.  We ate the best food we've ever had.  Our itinerary was, of course, perfect like everything else you arranged.  I am sure you never need references, but feel free to use me as one if you wish.  I have already given your information to two other couples who might go.

All the best,
Jody Erenberg

Dear Carole - The trip was fantastic!  All 44 members of our group from Kehillat Israel Congregation in Pacific Palisades, CA thoroughly enjoyed the visit you planned and coordinated for us.

The highlights were numerous: Shabbat Services on the shore of Yam Kinneret, the Palmach Museum; Shabbat Services at the So Wall Steps in Jerusalem; dinner at the Bar El Family home in Safed; visiting the IDF Base on the Golan Heights and the extension to Eilat and Petra.

The hotels were perfect and our Guide, Ron was knowledgeable and an excellent Guide and veryone fell in love with Eli, our bus driver.  You have created memories we will treasure forever.

Cantor Chayim Frenkel
Kehillat Israel
Pacific Palisades, CA

You completely caught the spirit of our casual conversation and translated that into the specifics that made our trip to Israel the trip of our lives.  You made certain that we saw everything we wanted to see, and included the additional stops you knew we would love, but didn't know enough to ask you about.

Carole, you stand out in a world of so many people doing things in an ordinary way.  We cannot thank you enough for what you achieved for us -- we'll never forget it!

M & M
Encino, CA

We enjoyed meeting you and certainly appreciated the excellent service youprovided on our Mission to Budapest and Prague.  Hotels, meals, local tours and Guides were terrific.

Stu & Jane
Buffalo, NY

Thanks so much for your help in planning our trip to Israel.  We had a fantastic time!  We loved our Guide, Itai, who was responsive to our needs, flexible and a great person to know.

The goal was to  have the kids love Israel and want to come back.  It was a total success.  Thanks for making it all possible.

Anne & Wayne
Pacific Palisades, CA

Just got back this weekend from our trip.  I wanted to let you know what a fantastic time we had.  It sure was action packed and a great balance of activities.  Additionally, the logistics and travel personnel were very good and we had few, if any, issues.  Thanks for the wonderful memory.

Mark & Andie
Pacific Palisades, CA

In a word - AWESOME!!

Pacific Palisades, CA 


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