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Produced on Kibbutz Sha'ar Ha'amakim are Horesh cheeses, boutique cheeses with unique taste and character. The farm goats get milked and grazed every morning in the natural woodland pasture of the valley gate hills. This authentic and natural cheese-making process allows for the highest quality and tasty cheeses, leaving people craving more. The farm offers over 30 types of cheeses sold in our small shop. Here, you can taste a variety of different cheeses and take part in this delicious experience.
Alexander Zaïd, (1886 − 10 July 1938) a founder of the Jewish defense organizations Bar Giora and Hashomer, was a prominent figure of the Second Aliyah. On a hilltop overlooking the Jezreel Valley lies a bronze statue of Alexander Zaïd on horseback, sculpted by David Polus. His legacy lives on in a variety of ways. Poet Alexander Penn dedicated his poem, Adamah, Admati ("Land, My Land") to Alexander Zaïd while both Givat Zaid and Beit Zaid were named after him.
In 1936 The Hashomerim Association, also known as The Eretz Israel Guardians Association, established a cemetery for its members. Established in July 1933, The HaShomerim Association was a guard and labor organization that identified with the labor movement and fought for organized Jewish protection.
Visitors to Israel are often amazed by the juxtapositions of ancient and modern that define their tour experiences. With findings dating back to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th centuries, Beit She’arim National Park definitely falls on the ancient side of the continuum. Located approximately 12 miles east of Haifa, Beit She’arim is best known for its range of intact burial sites. The most famous is the grave of Rabbi Judah HaNasi, the compiler of the Mishnah, a central Jewish reference text that is still studied today. So impressive are the archeological finds at Beit She’arim that it appears on a tentative list for being recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the past five years, two new caves were opened to the public here, so that there are now more than 20 burial caves to explore. The Beit She’arim burial caves are richly decorated with reliefs and paintings rich with Jewish symbols, including the shofar, which is associated with the Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur holidays; the lulav and etrog, which are still used on Sukkot; and the Ark of the Covenant and a menorah with seven branches, which are symbols of the Temples in Jerusalem. Other images that are not specifically Jewish – such as boats, animals and geometric patterns – can be found here as well. Images of Greek gods in human form are also pictured. Inscriptions appear most often in Greek, but there are some in Hebrew, Aramaic and in the obscure Aramaic dialect known as Palmyran. In addition to touring the caves, the top of park’s hill has many ruins of the ancient city of Beit She’arim to explore. Look for the bronze statue of Alexander Zayid, who was among the founders of two Jewish defense organizations in the early 20th century, including Hashomer. Literally, Hashomer means “the guard.” It was an organization of Zionist pioneers that defended and protected the nascent Jewish agricultural settlements in pre-state Palestine. Also on the hill is the tomb of the Muslim Sheikh Abreik, distinctive because of its double dome. In 1956, a construction crew at this site unearthed what was eventually identified as a nine-ton piece of glass. When a furnace for glassmaking stood here, ancient Beit She’arim must have been home to a remarkable glassmaking operation.
Beth Shearim was an important Rabbinical center in the time of the Mishnah, and one of the Sanhedrin’s seats. Later, the site was abandoned, and even its location was forgotten. Rediscovered in the 1930s, today Beth Shearim is an important archaeological site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the fertile plains of the western Jezreel valley, Beth Shearim (In Hebrew ‘House of Barley’) was a Jewish center in antiquity. In the 2nd century CE Beth Shearim housed the Jewish high court (the ‘Sanherdin’) and was also the hometown of Rabbi Judah ‘Hanasi’ (‘The Prince’). During the Temple’s period, the higher court assembled in the ‘Hall of hewn stones’ which was on the Temple Mount. Later, after the destruction of the Temple, it resumed its activity in Yavne, and later it wondered between Usha, Sheferam, Beth-Shearim, Sepphoris, and Tiberias. The Talmudic-era Sanhedrin was disbanded by the Byzantine Christian Authorities in 425 CE, and was never resumed again. Read more about the Sanhedrin and a tour following the Sanhedrin here. Bet Shearim was also reputed for its cemetery, where many Rabbis were buried in catacombs. But following the Galus rebellion, in 350 CE the site was abandoned, and eventually even its location was forgotten. Beth Shearim was rediscovered by chance by Alexander Zaid, a Jewish pioneer who oversaw Jewish properties purchased in the Western Jezreel valley. He reported on the discovery of an ancient burial cave to the Hebrew University. An archaeological expedition dug the cave and its surroundings and discovered that it was part of an ancient cemetery (necropolis), adjacent to a city from Roman times. A Greek Inscription engraved over one of the tombs indicated the deceased was native of “Bisara” – the Greek name for Beth Shearim. Beth Shearim was finally re identified. The excavations yielded evidence mostly of the city’s cemetery. Hundreds of burials, mostly in stone coffins (sarcophagi) were recorded in over 50 burial caves set like catacombs. Some of the coffins were well decorated, and some were found with inscriptions. It is estimated that many Jews wanted to be buried here, as it was the burial site of the famous Rabbi Judah Hanasi. Of the city itself little in known, and most of ancient Beth Shearim is still waiting to be excavated. Nevertheless, two basilica-shaped public buildings found near the city’s walls are possibly ancient synagogues and perhaps even the Sanhedrin’s council building. Visiting Beth Shearim Today, Beth Shearim is a national Park and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is known mostly for its catacombs, now all lit up. One of the caves was developed to a museum that also includes an introduction video. The site is children-friendly and can be a great adventure for kids fond of mystery caves. A tour of Beth Shearim can be combined with in a day tour in the north.
Come and discover specially designed Ancient Israel Music tours. Visit the ancient sites and special nature grounds - close your eyes and follow the sound of the ethereal vocals and ancient percussion instruments. Take a listening journey of exotic music from the forgotten time of the prophetesses of yore and get lost in the music.
Hi, I’m Gidi, a native English speaker from Tiv’on – a small town near Haifa. I am an experienced tour guide that believes in a sustainable way of life, and I’d love to show you this beautiful and endless country. From one-day tours, to much more, follow me on and off the beaten tracks, be it treks in the desert or day tours in the city. Whatever your desires and wishes are, Let me plan and guide the best trip for you!
Hey! I am Avi Levy, a certified jeep tour guide with many years of experience in organizing and leading tours in general and field trips in particular. I live in Kiryat Tivon with my wife, Dalit, and my seven children. From here I go for walks on the valley and mountain roads, the sea and the desert. The SUVs we have have 6-8 seats. The drivers I work with are some of the best veteran off-road drivers in Israel.
My Name is Yuval De-Joannes. I live in Moshav Tzafririm in the Ella Valley and I lead tours throughout the country for over twelve years. My passion for traveling began in my early school days, when I've joined the school of environmental studies in the Negev desert. Upon completing my military service as a paratrooper, and traveling the world for a couple of years, I've joined Ben-Gurion University and started my academic life. First, I've achieved a bachelor's degree in Behavioral sciences, and then through Haifa university, a Master's degree in Cultural Anthropology. My fieldwork took place in Ireland, on one of the Islands off the west coast, where I stayed for nearly two years. Upon my return, I tried to put into practice the knowledge of people and history I've gained and completed an International tour guiding course, conducted by the Open University, and another tour guiding course conducted by the ministry of tourism. A third course I've completed was conducted by the ministry of education. Through the years I've received special expertise certificates, from the ministry of tourism in Christianity, Zionism, desert tourism and wine tourism. From here the road was open to a new career. I've decided to focus on Israel, and to put all my energy in exploring it in depth. For me guiding is a passion, if not a call. Every tour I take is different for me. Even if the sites might repeat themselves, they are always fresh for me, cause every time I see them through different eyes, the eyes of those I travel with. when I'm not guiding I enjoy hiking in Israel and around the world, mountain biking and reading. I guide families and individuals in Hebrew, English and Italian, and offer a wide range of focal points - theological, archaeological, historical, botanical, geological and more. It could be a day tour or a full package tour, all customized to your needs and desires. I use a luxurious Mercedes van, so you can be sure to travel in comfort and safety.
A home for body and soul located between the eastern slopes of the Carmel Forest and the Mediterranean Sea, is a personalized, intimate and inspiring facility whose rare vision of combining the beauty of nature with man's vast creative abilities resulted in a hotel whose unique architectural design exists in complete harmony with the surrounding environment.
Awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2012, Beit Oren is home to Kfar Mantur by Selina, a pastoral ecosystem in the heart of the Carmel mountain range. Just a 20-minute drive from Haifa City, The Ecological Fairy Forest, and Atlit Beach you’ll find endless ways to fall in love with the region’s rich culture and natural beauty. Features include an on-site wellness retreat and workshop center, a locally-inspired coffee shop and bar, a swimming pool, bonfire pit, activity center complete with local tours of the region, and of course, picturesque views. The perfect destination to unwind and disconnect, Kfar Mantur by Selina is a sanctuary from the non-stop pace of day-to-day living. Wake up and stretch out with a yoga session at our wellness center, explore mountain ranges, wildflowers, and crystal clear waters with our local guides or kick back and relax by the pool. As the sun sets, enjoy a locally-sourced dinner at our restaurant, check out a live music performance or grab a beer from the bar and head to the bonfire pit where you’ll meet locals and travelers from all over the world.
Neve Hagar Guest House in Bethlehem of Galilee is a red-tiled roof country style getaway in an original Templar stone building. In the village, nestled among hills of Israel's oak trees forest, guests can enjoy the rich historical heritage and explore the myths tying the village to Nazareth and Bethlehem, as well as explore parts of the route travelled by Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. The suites at Neve Hagar are fully equipped with modern amenities and offer exceptional hospitality in a historical ambiance and picturesque surrounding.