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עמותות התיירות בגליל

  • Golan Golan

    Land of water, wine and basalt. The land of wild landscapes, freedom and breadth.
    Golan Heights.

  • Land Of The Galilee Land Of The Galilee

    Come and rest in a pleasurable vacational experience.

  • Tiberias Tiberias

    Tiberias, Galilee’s capital, nourishes its future with its glorious past.

  • Sea of Galilee Sea of Galilee

    Information center about hikes, vacant lodging and reduced tickets for attractions.

  • The Valleys The Valleys

    An enjoyable experience in various tourist sites applicable for the whole family.

  • Nazareth Nazareth

    A city with international value of history and heritage. Be part of the experience.  

  • Western Galilee Western Galilee

    The most loved beaches, sceneries, attractions, lodging and sites in the Western Galilee

  • Springs, Gilboa and Bet She’an Springs, Gilboa and Bet She’an

    The valley of  Springs, Gilboa and Bet She’an . One of the gorgeous regions in Israel.

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The Cradle of Judaism

A vibrant Jewish culture has existed across the Galilee for thousands of years, ever since biblical times. It emerged with the territories of the twelve tribes and the Kingdom of Israel. Continued through the Hellenic and Roman periods and up to the Middle Ages and modern times. During the early centuries AD, several foundations of contemporary Judaism were laid, from the completion of the Mishna at Zippori to the completion of the Jerusalemite Talmud at Tiberias. The Sanhedrin – the high religious court – resided in the Galilee for many years, serving as the ultimate spiritual instance. The culture of Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah that developed in Safed and its environs is a direct successor of that great tradition. Even today the Galilee attracts numerous Jewish spiritualists, mystics, and clerics, a phenomenon visible in many diverse locations.

 

The Cradle of Judaism

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    Kabbalah and Mysticism

    Begin at Peqi’in, a picturesque, quaint village with enchanted, serpentine alleyways. Visit the cave where Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai, one of the spiritual leaders of the Bar Kochva Revolt, took shelter. From there continue to Bar’am, the ancient Fourth-Century Jewish village, where an elaborate synagogue stands. Enter the building, observe the large, finely-hewn stones, and see in your mind the Jewish congregation at prayer. Continue to Meron, where Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai is buried. His grave attracts thousands of pilgrims each year. Drive to the grave of Rabbi Yonatan Ben-Uziel at Amukah, in the heart of Biriah Forest, where people come to seek matrimony and progeny. At dusk enter Safed, the capital of Jewish mysticism filled with synagogues and Kabbalah centers. Conclude the evening with a visit to the city’s ancient cemetery, where Rabbi Isaac Luria, one of the great Kabbalic scholars of the Sixteenth Century, is buried.

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    From the Mishna to the Kibbutz

    Begin the day at Beit She’arim, the magnificent city of tombs from the Talmudic period. Rabbi Yehuda HaNassi, the scholar who completed the Mishna, is buried here. Walk among catacombs, rock-hewn doorways, bas reliefs, unique signs, and ancient writings. Drive east to Zippori, the most important Jewish city in second and third centuries AD, where the Sanhedrin resided and the Mishna completed. Continue towards an extraordinary overlook of Tiberias from the tomb of Rabbi Akiva. Rabbi
    Akiva was the spiritual leader of the Bar Kochva Revolt and one of the shapers of Jewish identity at the time. Go down to the tomb of Maimonides, the preeminent Jewish philosopher, physician, and leader in the Middle Ages. From Tiberias turn south to Hatzar Kinneret (Kinneret Farmyard) to hear about the story of Jewish settlement at the kibbutz. Conclude the day with a visit to the old Kinneret cemetery, where poets, writers, and pioneers of Jewish settlement of the area are buried.

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    Jewish Paths of the Golan

    Enter the Golan Heights from the south and observe the breathtaking views of the Yarmuk river below. Turn east towards Natur, from where a short walk will take you to a singular overlook of the Sea of Galilee. From Natur descend to the ancient synagogue and Jewish settlement of Umm al-Qantir. The place which features a display of Jewish daily life during the Byzantine period. Turn north to the ancient Jewish city of Gamla, which suffered the hardship of siege and occupation. Open Josephus’ book The Wars of the Jews and read the story of the few Jewish defenders who endured a siege laid by the mighty Roman army. Make sure you observe the extraordinary vulture eyries on the banks of the stream. From there, continue to the town of Katzrin, and visit the restored ancient village and the impressive synagogue. The Jewish town that had existed here up until the Eighth Century was destroyed in an earthquake. From there continue to the olive press at Kidmat Zvi, where the method for extracting oil for lighting during the Talmudic period is demonstrated.