Category Archives: Judea, Samaria, and Jordan Valley

Samaritan Museum in Kiryat Luza – Samaritan museum on Har Gerizim

The Samaritan museum in Kiryat Luza is run by the Samaritan priest, Yefet ben Asher. The museum displays show a Samaritan Torah scroll, Samaritan matza (unleavened bread for the feast of Passover), a succah, and various other artifacts which represent their culture and religion.

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Oz V’Gaon Memorial – Oz Ve’gaon Nature Reserve in Gush Etzion

Oz V’Gaon nature reserve is a memorial for three Israeli youth who were killed by terrorists in the summer of 2014; the kidnapping and murder was one of the events which led up to Operation Protective Edge (Tzuk Eitan, in Hebrew) against Hamas terrorists.

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Mount Gerizim National Park – Har Grizim Archaeological Site

When the Israelites entered the land, after the exodus from Egypt, Joshua led them here for the ceremony of the blessing and the curse (Deuteronomy 11:29). Mount Gerizim was the mountain of the blessing; from the site, you can see Mount Ebal, the mountain of the curse, on the other side of the city of Shechem (Nablus).

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Amsa Spring in the Shomron – Maayan Amsa near Har Bracha in Samaria

The spring (מעיין עמשא) empties into three pools of varying depths, ranging from about 10 cm deep to 40 cm deep. The site also boasts a number of picnic tables and parking nearby; a lovely spot for a picnic and dip in the water on a hot summer day.

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Ein Moda Spring in the Beit She’an Valley – En Moda Spring in Israel

Ein Moda Spring is located in the Beit She’an Valley. Although the valley is dry and hot, it has numerous springs. Ein Moda is one of the sweetest springs in the Beit She’an Valley. The spring flows all year round and has a constant temperature of 24 degrees Celsius.

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Belvoir National Park and Crusader Fortress – Kochav HaYarden National Park

Belvoir National Park, known as Kochav HaYarden, is located on the hills above the Jordan Valley. The Crusader fortress, built in the 12th century by the Order of the Hospitallers, is the most complete Crusader fortress in Israel. Aside from the remains of the castle, the site has a stunning view and a nice sculpture garden portraying the works of Israeli artist Yigal Tumarkin.

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Gan Guru kangaroo park in Israel – Gan Guru Australian zoo in the Jordan Valley

Gan Guru is an Australian zoo in Israel. You will see animals which are generally found only in Australia, such as kangaroos, koalas, and Australian emus and kakadus. You can feed the kangaroos and watch the koalas being fed.

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Eretz Breishit theme park – Theme park and workshops from biblical times

Eretz Breishit (Genesis Land) is a theme park dedicated to biblical times, and geared for children. Scenes from the Torah are enacted in front of you, where the desert is the stage. Visitors to the park are greeted by Eliezer, ride on a camel, and then visit Abraham’s tent for refreshments. Other scenes include Joseph and his brothers just before they throw Joseph into the pit and the matchmaking of Isaac and Rivka.

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Naharayim Memorial – Hill of Picked Flowers in Naharyim

On March 13, 1997, a group of 8th graders from Beit Shemesh were on a class trip to Naharayim Isle of Peace. Jordanian Corporal Ahmed Daqamseh opened fire on the girls, killing seven of them, and wounding an additional six girls before his M-16 rifle jammed and other Jordanian soldiers stopped him.

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Naharayim Hydroelectricity Station designed by Pinchas Rotenberg – Israel Electric Company’s first power station

Naharayim is best known as the island of peace. In addition to being the site of the signing of the Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty, it is also the site of the first electricity plant built by the Israel Electric Company in the 1920s.

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