Israeli Consulate TripYesterday, I received an email from the Israeli Consulate in New York inviting me to join a team of bloggers going to Israel, they call it a Blogger delegation to Israel. Basically, they want several bloggers to go, experience Israel and write about it. How cool!

Back in May of last year, I heard from someone at the Israel Ministry of Tourism via Facebook (go figure) that they wanted to put something like this together. I was then told that they handed off the project to the Israeli Consulate in New York. I don't know if you noticed, but the Israeli Consulate in New York has been extremely active blogging at Isrealli.org and reaching out on their Twitter account at @israelconsulate.

I am not sure how many other countries are using social media and have planned trips like this for bloggers to learn about a country and blog about it. But it shows you how times are changing and how social media, blogging and this type of outreach has major value.

The Consulate General of Israel in New York, along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be covering pretty much all the expenses and working out our itineraries. I don't know what other bloggers are going, outside of Tamar, who deserves a big thank you for doing most of the leg work with the consulate. But it should be a lot of fun and an invaluable experience.

So, in a few weeks, I am off to Israel for several days to get a real guided tour. I know I go to Israel about once per year, but when I go, it is more about visiting family and doing work, as opposed to getting to meet people in Israel and discuss topics.

I would love to actually use some of the time to meet up with Israel tech companies in the search field while I am there. So we will see if that happens. This past Sunday, I did a write up of My Friendly Meet Up With Google Israel and I hope to do more of these. So we will see.

Obviously, I want to thank the Israeli Consulate, the Ministry of Tourism and Foreign Affairs, Tamar, and my readers for putting me in a position to be able to do this. I can't express how much I appreciate it. Last, but not least, I would like to thank my pregnant wife for letting me leave her several days to be a part of this important trip.

This is a true honor.