Some curious, adventurous folks will be traversing the salty sands of the desert land of Israel and become immersed in the sights and sounds of the Homeland’s rich history and culture.
And they will do it in one hour by signing up for a special program being offered at the Bernard Horwich JCC on Touhy Avenue in Chicago. Called Instant Israel and using the latest Virtual Reality technology, they will experience the sights and sounds of the Holy Land—from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv—without leaving the comfort and safety of a chair.
How does Virtual Reality (VR) work? VR all started with flight simulation, which has been used for pilot training. Now it’s often used for recreational activities. Individuals have their own viewing headset, designed with special computer technology, that allows the participant to see images that practically transport them to another place. For our Instant Israel opportunity, locations in Israel are captured as imagery, manipulated with software and presented to us in a way that will make you suspend belief and accept them as real environments or, in this case, our travel destination.
By putting on a special Oculus® headset, you will be “whisked away” to a place that feels so real, you may even forget that you are sitting in a chair at the JCC! It’s more immersive than watching a movie; instead, it will feel like you are actually stepping into a different world. Few words are available to describe the trip you will take on our free virtual reality tours of Israel. Imagine putting on a headset and finding yourself on the ancient ruins of Masada overlooking the lowest point on earth—the Dead Sea!