In what sounds like a reality show I’d actually watch, Dr. Mehmet Oz, cardiothoracic surgeon and daytime television staple, is joining Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on a 10-day tour of Israel. The camera-ready pair, along with their families, head to the Holy Land on July 25 on a trip sponsored by Sheldon and Miriam Adelson.
On the itinerary so far are visits to the Western Wall, Masada, the Dead Sea, the Dome of the Rock, and the Tomb of the Patriarchs. Oz, who was invited to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on July 29 (where they may or may not talk about bowel movements), expressed his excitement for the trip in a statement:
“I am delighted to travel to Israel, especially being accompanied by my wife Lisa and my four children and my son-in-law. Being of Turkish and of the Muslim faith, I have always appreciated the deep ties and friendship between the Turkish people and the Israeli people. Being an American I appreciate Israel’s friendship with the American people and my own close friendship with the American Jewish community. I am grateful to my dear friend Rabbi Shmuley for organizing this trip and equally grateful to Miriam and Sheldon Adelson for their unparalleled generosity in helping to facilitate this trip and making it possible.”
Oz and Boteach have known each other since their Oprah and Friends days—here they are talking about making Friday night ‘Family Night.’
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see Dr. Oz’s Instagram at the Dead Sea.
Stephanie Butnick is deputy editor of Tablet Magazine and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.