Galilee, Golan, and Jericho

Interior of Ha'ari synagogue

Next stop was the ancient mystical city of Safed. The Ha'ari Synagogue is where one of the great Jewish masters of Kabbalah worshipped.

the Golan Heights

A former Syrian position in the Golan Heights.

Joel and our guide in Rosh Pina

Rosh Pina, an old Jewish settlement in the Galilee, was in bloom with almond trees. Tal Segal was our guide for the three days in the North.

The mighty Jordan river

The Jordan river at one of its wider points.

Ruins of Roman Beit Shean

The ancient Roman city of Beit Shean has been extensively excavated. The columns mark the main shopping street, the Cardo.


Jericho, the oldest city and the lowest city in the world, is a green oasis. We took a new cable car up to the monastery where Jesus was supposed to have been tempted by the devil. It was closed.

Wadi Kelt Monastery

We started driving up into the Judaean Hills, pausing at Wadi Kelt to see the Monastery of St. George, built into the cliff at a natural water source. And at the horizon, our first glimpse of Jerusalem, not captured particularly well by the digital camera.

Jerusalem on the horizon

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