About Us

B. Rudin Travel Services is a full-service travel agency providing comprehensive travel options for our clients.

With over 34 years in the travel industry, we are able to plan unique vacation experiences for our clients, offering more than the necessary components of a trip, but a journey that makes a difference. Our services span the globe.

From corporate travel to cruises, from ski trips to whitewater rafting, from family-fun vacations to educational expeditions and exciting tours to Israel: the pilgrimage that will change you. Israel and Italy, Europe to Alaska, the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, we have personal experiences that will make all the difference in planning your trip of a lifetime.



BethBeth Rudin

Beth has been in the travel industry since 1982, working for Piedmont Airlines for several years, and a family-owned travel agency for 20 years before opening up her own in 2005. Her first trip to Israel was in 1994 but it was not until 2007 that it became her passion. It is her love for the Land and the Lord that drives her today.

Since then Beth has worked beside her mother, Jackie Blankinship, planning and escorting trips to Israel as often as the Lord leads, as well as organizing tours for other groups and churches.

A Zionist at heart, Beth strives to promote strong relationships between Christians and Jews to support Isaiah 11:12: "He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; He will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four corners of the earth."

Beth lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and their cocker spaniels.

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Jackie BlankinshipJackie Blankinship, Bibical Teacher and Tour Host

Jackie fell in love with Israel on her first trip in 1980 and has been organizing and escorting groups to her beloved Holy Land ever since. It has been her desire to share this land with all who have a heart to go, and it is her excitement and love for Israel that spilled over to her children, Beth and Chip. Her understanding of God's word and the covenant He made with His people regarding the land, and her love of sharing this, makes her most valuable to any group.

We estimate the number of groups that Jackie has escorted to be close to 30 as of 2016, and many of the same people travel with her over and over again!

Jackie lives in Fayetteville, WV with her husband Frank.

 

 


Frank "Chip" Blankinship, Biblical Teacher and Tour Host

Chip BlankinshipChip received a call to ministry in his late 30s while working as a computer analyst. He attended and graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta in 1995. 

Chip's first trip to Israel was in 1973 as part of an academic, study-aboard program before his freshman year in college at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina. While serving as Pastor of St. Mark's Presbyterian Church in Altamonte Springs, Florida, he returned to the Holy Land with a group of Presbyterian pastors as part of a program for mid-career clergy.

In 2009, he hosted "Come and See...." as a tour host and biblical teacher and has been closely related to the planning of the groups ever since.

Chip is currently employed as Director of Operations and Congregational Consultant with the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, where he lives with his wife and their two small dogs.

 

IsraelTeamIsraeli Staff

We would not be successful without a dedicated staff on the ground in Israel, and we have a team that we have worked with for decades that is second to none.

Frances Oppenheimer is a licensed Israeli guide that has been in the business for over 25 years guiding groups that range in size from very small to 300 people. Her grasp of "all things Israel"...historical, biblical (Old and New Testaments) and today's headlines mesh with a fabulous sense of humor and all around pleasant outlook that make any tour with her a trip of a lifetime.

A native of New Zealand, France made Aliyah in 1968. She and her husband Bruce live in Jerusalem.

Eli Eliakim has been driving for us since the first time he drove for Jackie in 1987. He is much more than a bus driver, although he knows the highways and by-ways and short cuts and can drive a tour bus through impossible places. His true value is not just getting us where we need to go, but in the loving care he gives along the way. His wife, Miri has become a friend of our groups as well, and travels with us when she can.

Eli and Miri live in Tel Aviv, and they love spending time with their children and grandchildren.