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Nov 18, 2013 - Golan Heights

The Golan Heights is 700 square miles of land on the Israeli-Syrian border which was captured by Israel in response to the Arab invasion during the Six Day War of 1967. By expanding their border farther north, Israel has a larger buffer zone with Syria and gains a significant strategic advantage in any future conflict between the two countries. We were able to see across the border into Syria and hear distant explosions of artillery fire from the ongoing war between Assad and the Free Syrian Army rebels. It was also interesting to see that...

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Dec 16, 2011 - Atop The Golan Heights

First off, the Israeli Breakfast is amazing. Eggs, breads, fruit, cheeses, meats, juices, etc. First stop after breakfast, drove to Qatzrin and saw a Epcot Movie about the Golan. rain poured from the ceiling for special effects, fans blew wind, etc. The kids laughed uncontrollably. Went see an olive factory/tourist trap. Driving started. Saw Jordan River (which is only a 7' wide crack). Then we drove to a mountain range in the Golan Heights. Syrian army had conquered the Golan and during the 6 day was in 1967, the Israelis took it....

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Nov 16, 2011 - Golan Heights (and seeing Israel through the eyes of those who love her with a passion)

We drove to the Golan Heights and froze our patooties off. It was cold, windy and foggy. Sadly, we didn't get to see much of the beautiful view from the very top. But we did get the story. And the history of Israel is story after story. The Golan Heights were, until 1967, part of Syria. The Golan overlooks a huge valley and the Sea of Galilee (the Kineret) and it was very convenient and easy for the Syrians to send salvo after salvo of bombs and missiles raining down on the Israelis below. It was a very dangerous situation for the...

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Jun 27, 2011 - The Golan is ours

Monday June 27, 2011 The Golan is ours! This morning’s breakfast buffet in the Chadar Ochel at the kibbutz is packed with the following varieties: a) Christian pilgrim tour groups; b) about 4 Israeli families; c) about 4 Arab families; and d) us. Curious: lost of veggies but no fruit on the buffet. Today we drove all over the Golan. First to Qazrin to see the Ancient Qazrin Park and “Talmudic Experience”. The ancient synagogue was built in 4th Century CE and destroyed and abandoned after a major earthquake struck the Golan and upper...

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Jun 10, 2011 - Day 4: Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights

Today we headed north to Caesarea Philippi, stopping first at Tel Dan, site of the northern city of the tribe of Dan. We made an ambitious hike over many rocks to see some springs that are the head waters of the Jordan River. One stream was quite big and was rushing over the rocks. Much of the water from this and other streams are diverted for irrigation purposes. On we went to Caesarea Philippi, now called Banias, which was the place where Peter stated that Jesus was the Christ the son of the living God. Both Dan and Caesarea Philippi...

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Jan 1, 2011 - The Golan Heights

Had a fabulous breakfast at Roberg, a short walk in the Moshav, where has an arrangement with our hotel...no complaints from us. The weather is iffy and we didn't feel like driving to Nazareth (which is open on Saturday but not on Sunday, whereas most of the towns are closed on Saturday)so we decided to drive around the Golan Heights and then around the Sea of Galilee. This is an incredibly beautiful region, reminds me of the Burren region of Western Ireland which is also very rocky but more "green." This is the region of Israel that...

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Jun 8, 2010 - Safed and the Golan Heights

After a wonderful breakfast that included everything from scrambled eggs and pancakes to Isreali salad (chopped tomotoes and cucumbers) we hit the road and traveled inland to Safed, a medieval town built into the hillside. Safed is and has been a place for Talmudic scholars since the 1500's and in fact the Jewish tradition or sect of Kabbal was born here. There were lots of Hasidim in long black coats complete with top hats and side curls. We also say alot of Jews from a decidely more middle-eastern background. Our visit to a Sephadic...

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Mar 14, 2010 - Full Day 3

On the agenda, hiking the Galil Mountains (nature preserve). Many people are hungover today and bus-sick. The hike was great! We picked up the Israeli soldiers and I was able to talk with one who is also a US citizen (spent 4 years in Boston, now is in ballistics, 21 and about to get out of the army and spend vacation in the US, etc.). It was less of a hike-hike and more of a nature walk. Then we had a bag lunch and are headed ATVing/jeeping. It really is so beautiful here and with all the running around it feels like we barely have time to...

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Mar 13, 2010 - Full Day 2/Dad's Bday

First off, happy birthday dad! We officially eat too much! As you can tell from lunch photo 3, I had to slow down...and I thought I'd lose weight here! We can't take pictures during the kibbutz walking tour, so a description will follow. The kibbutz tour was my favorite time on the trip so far. For two hours we walked the 700-person kibbutz, from the rose garden, to the playground, educational buildings, dairy farm, kitchen and laundry, furniture factory (they build furniture for synagogues across the world - tourism from the hotel and...

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Mar 12, 2010 - First full day!

On the way to the hike we saw cows and a shelter on a hill. Made me think of Evan who wants to by a hearding dog and move to Ireland to live in a shack and heard sheep...believe drinking was how he would spend the day while the dog did all the work :) So at the bunker we were able to go through the bomb shelter (objective: to protect the northern border) and learned about the heroes of the Yom Kippur War. This area borders Syria (we literally could see where the two countries meet). Had to skip an ancient synagogue because the hike and...

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Feb 15, 2010 - A Very Cool Jeep Ride to the Golan Heights

After we visited the Dona Gracia House we took a really cool jeep ride through the Golan Heights. It was so crazy. We drove through deep water and mud (we got sprayed with mud) and got stuck trying to get up a hill and had to be pulled up. The Golan Heights area is very green(a lot of Israel is a desert). The Sea of Galilee isthe only freshwater in the country and it supplies the water to the entire country. We passed by many fruit orchards - we saw mango trees, pumelo trees(the flowers on the pumelo tree were very sweet - I got to pick a...

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Jan 6, 2009 - Day 6-Tiberias to Golan Heights

I woke up at the usual time for breakfast. I toasted and ate the bagel I bought yesterday in Tzefat with Jen. It was amazing. Since a lot of people chose to skip breakfast and sleep in, I went back to the room for awhile. We got on the bus and were left off in what seemed to be the middle of no where. There was no bathroom and a lot of people had to use the restroom. Shabat suggested the bushes. Um no. We were asked to break up into groups and get into a jeep for a tour. Lindsey, Michelle, Ali, Ben, Jen, Ricky, and I picked the closed green...

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