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Subterranean Crusader Halls

February 6th 2014

In 1994, an underground tunnel more than 1000 feet in length was discovered in the northern port city of Acco. Archeologists posit that the tunnel was built during the Crusader era (1095-1291) by the Templar Order, a group of knights who took that name because they first settled on the Temple Mount in the Old […]

Tel Chai Court

November 2nd 2013

For those interested in the history of the British Palestine Mandate era, which spanned from the end of World War I until the founding of Israel in 1948, the Tel Chai Court and Museum is a must-see. Located in Kibbutz Kfar Giladi in the Upper Galilee, the museum tells the story of the famous battle […]

The Citadel

April 13th 2011

The Citadel is a beautiful park which boasts scenic views and also the remains of a historic Crusader castle, now housed in a new archeological park. Located at the upper most point of this ancient city, you can see the surrounding hills and mountains and across to the Sea of Galilee. The Citadel Park was […]

The Davidka

April 13th 2011

 Just close to the beginning of the Midrachov shopping street and the top of the Great Stairs, you will see the Davidka cannon. This cannon played a crucial role during the Israel War of Independence of 1948. Though a very basic weapon, this cannon was effective more due to its great noise than anything else. […]

The Dead Sea Scrolls

March 23rd 2011

Possibly the coolest archaeological experience you will have in Israel, in the most bizarre architectural structure. The Dead Sea Scrolls. During you travels in Israel, your group tour must journey to this fantastic exhibit located at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. In 1947, a young Bedouin shepherd hit the ultimate Biblical jackpot- 11 caves around […]

Tel Shilo

March 22nd 2011

Tel Shiloh is the site where some scholars believe the Tabernacle stood. Unquestionably, Tel Shiloh is one of the earliest religious sites for the Jewish people which has made a religious, cultural, and political impact on the Land of Israel ever since. Historically, the territory was inhabited by the tribe of Ephraim; it was the […]

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

March 22nd 2011

Visit the white-domed grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and learn about his fascinating role in the history of the Jewish people. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai is known as the author of the Zohar and an important rebel against Rome. Thousands of visitors travel to his tomb in Meron every year, and the site is […]

Kidron Valley

March 22nd 2011

While you’re in Jerusalem visit the Kidron Valley, located between the Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives. Here you will find the oldest graves of the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, including Zechariah’s Tomb (a First Temple priest), the Tomb of the Sons of Hezir (a Second Temple priest family) and Absalom’s […]

Ancient Katzrin Park

December 2nd 2010

Ancient Katzrin Park features a third century Jewish village modeled after Talmudic times, including a dwelling with domestic artifacts that were used during the year, as well as a reconstructed early synagogue. The synagogue is made of basalt and was used for hundreds of years until it was destroyed by an earthquake. It is said […]

Ha-Palmach Cave

December 2nd 2010

The Palmach (an acronym for the Hebrew words plugot macḥatz, meaning strike forces) was part of the Haganah, the underground Jewish army of pre-State Israel that later became part of the Israel Defense Forces. Establish in May 1941, the Palmach was the most prestigious fighting corps of the Haganah. Well-hidden in the midst of a […]

Homa U’Migdal Museum

December 2nd 2010

The Homa U’Migdal Museum on Kibbutz Nir David in the Galilee tells the story of the ingenuity of the Jewish settlers in Palestine between 1936 and 1939, before the establishment of the State of Israel. The museum’s name means “tower and stockade,” a reference to a specific type of construction that made it possible for […]

Rosh Pina

December 2nd 2010

More than a mere stopover on the way to Tzfat, Rosh Pina, located in the Upper Galilee, is worthy of your full attention. Founded in the late 19th century under the aegis of Baron Edmund de Rothschild, Rosh Pina was originally an agricultural settlement (moshav) for approximately 30 religious Jewish families from Romania. Its name […]

Tzidikiyahu’s Cave

October 10th 2010

Tzidikiyahu’s Cave, a limestone quarry also known as Solomon’s Quarries and Tzidikiyahu’s Grotto, is located underneath the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. The cave runs the length of five city blocks and was created over several thousand years. It is considered the largest quarry in Jerusalem, as it once went from Jeremiah’s Grotto and […]

Jerusalem’s Old City

September 14th 2010

Jerusalem’s Old City contains the Jewish Quarter, HaRova HaYehudi, as one of the four quarters making up the Old City. The Jewish Quarter is home to many synagogues and yeshivas, and is rich in history, dating back to the 8th century BCE. Though taken away from Jewish control in 1948, during the 1967 war, the […]

The Diaspora Museum

September 13th 2010

Beit Hatfutsot: The Museum of the Jewish People’s mission is to tell the 4,000 year-old, worldwide story of the Jewish people. In 2005, the Israeli government passed a law defining Beit Hatfutsot as The National Center for Jewish Communities in Israel and Around the World. Every visit to Israel is, by definition, an encounter with […]

Jerusalem’s Old City – Tour Sites

September 13th 2010

JERUSALEM OLD CITY TOUR SITES The Archeology Gardens and the Davidson Center Western Wall Tunnels Tower of David Museum The Jewish Quarter The Hurva Synagogue Wohl Archaeological Museum The Four Sephardic Synagogues City of David Katros House – The Burnt House

Katros House – The Burnt House

September 13th 2010

Katros House – The Burnt House The Burnt House belonged to the priestly Katros family which was burnt to the ground by the Romans in 70 CE during the destruction of the Second Temple, and excavated in the 1970’s. The museum consists of rooms unearthed beneath the streets of the Jewish Quarter and houses many […]

City of David

September 13th 2010

City of David The City of David Archaeological Park holds some of the earliest artifacts in Jerusalem’s history. There are exhibits dating back to the fourth millennium BCE, all the way to the Byzantine era during the Middle Ages. Visitors to the City of David will first notice large city walls, a 13-meter stone building […]

Wohl Archaeological Museum

September 13th 2010

Wohl Archaeological Museum – The Herodian Quarter The Wohl Archaeological Museum explores six magnificent homes that have maintained preservation since the Herodian period, during the rule of Herod the Great, ruler of Jerusalem and architect of the Second Temple. Located 3-7 meter below the streets of the Jewish Quarter, on display in the museum there […]

The Hurva Synagogue

September 13th 2010

The Hurva Synagogue The Hurva Synagogue is today known as a center for World Jewry. First built in the early eighteenth century, it was destroyed only a few years later and laid in ruins for over a century. In 1864, the synagogue was rebuilt and was known as the primary Ashkenazi synagogue in Jerusalem. However, […]

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