Larry and Mindy לארי ומינדי

We loved it here! What a clean and impressive site Ein Keshatot is. We started the day with a homemade brunch in their spotlessly clean and quiet picnic grounds (located on the southern Golan Heights, just east of the Kineret), and then explored the impressive archaeological site – complete with a clever audio-visual introduction.

This is a national heritage site that features a Jewish village from the period of the Mishnah and the Talmud, with a synagogue at its center that was excavated and reconstructed with advanced technological methods – the audio-visual presentations about it were fascinating! Inside the synagogue is an ark complex that is the most magnificent ever to be discovered in Israel.

The synagogue at Ein Keshatot was built in the 6th century CE, approximately 500 years after the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. The center of Jewish life during this period was in the Galilee, and the Golan village at Ein Keshatot was also connected culturally and spiritually to the Galilee. The synagogue and the entire village were destroyed in a fierce earthquake in the 8th century CE.

The ancient village is situated above the Samech riverbed and has scenic views towards Lake Kinneret and the hills of the Galilee. There is a lovely spring with impressive arches (thus the name Ein Keshatot) that flows into ancient pools, which are surrounded by shaded areas.

We had a lovely day in this quiet and remote part of the Golan – well worth a visit off the beaten path!

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