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First visit in more than five decades since childhood

Pictured Above:
Rocker/Reality TV star Gene Simmons (right) and partner/reality TV Co-Star Shannon Tweed (left) shown in the EL AL King David Lounge at JFK Airport prior to their departure for Israel
Photo credit: Shimon Golding

New York, NY - March 23, 2011EL AL Israel Airlines welcomed Gene Simmons, an Israeli-American rock singer, songwriter, musician, actor and businessman. Simmons arrived in Israel for the first time in 52 years.  He was born under the name Chaim Witz in Tirat Carmel, Haifa, Israel where he lived until the age of eight years old. 

Simmons is in Israel with family as well as 15 colleagues to produce a few segments of his hit cable TV show "Gene Simmons Family Jewels." He first gained notoriety in the 70's as co-founder and bassist for the American hard rock band KISS.

For more information about EL AL, please visit the airline's recently redesigned website,, or call 800-223-6700.  More information can also be found on EL AL's blog, Skywords with EL AL, as well as on Facebook (EL AL Israel Airlines USA) and Twitter (@ELALUSA).   

About EL AL

Celebrating more than 60 years of service, EL AL, Israel's national airline, offers the most nonstop flights between New York (JFK/Newark) and Israel as well as the only nonstop service from Los Angeles.  Worldwide, EL AL flies to more than 40 destinations from Israel and serves dozens of other destinations throughout the world (including the USA) via partnerships with many other leading carriers. Only EL AL has first class service on nonstop flights between the U.S.A. and Israel. The airline has annual revenues of about $2 billion and carries 3.6 million passengers every year.

EL AL embodies Israel's values of innovation and the promise of a genuine Israeli welcome.   EL AL. It's not just an airline. It's Israel.

Publish Date 24/03/2011