Russell Lord, Kenes Tours

Russell Lord
Kenes Tours


We have a one on one with Russell Lord, of Kenes Tours in Tel Aviv. A native of Brooklyn, NYC – Russell went on a summer holiday to Israel in 1981, met his partner Avi and never went back. Russell is also very instrumental in how Israel sees LGBT people. In 2005, he and 3 other gay couples challenged the State to legally recognize their marriages that they had in Toronto, Canada. The case went to the Israeli Supreme Court and they won. Russell’s ID card was the first to have the word “married” on it and to have his partner Avi’s name listed as his legal spouse. A pioneer in many ways, Russell was among the first to promote LGBTQ+ tourism to Israel, starting tours way back in the 1980s. He is also the IGLTA (the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association) Ambassador for Israel. We have a heart to heart on how he feels travel will change – with his thoughts on how LGBTQ+ travellers will lead the pack – in the new norm.

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