Jewish Mysticism, Kibbutz and the Golan Heights
Trip Start Apr 19, 2010
46Trip End Jun 06, 2010
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After exploring and admiring the artist's efforts, we headed off to have lunch at a Kibbutz in the shadow of the Golan Heights. One of the members took us on a tour of the kibbutz. She grew up on this kibbutz originally coming from Brazil and arriving here as a small child. She explained that this was one of the last kibbutzim to change from communal to private ownership. She showed us the bomb shelters that they needed when the heights were controlled by the Syrians who used to shoot on a regular basis down from the heights to the kibbutz below
We had lunch in the main dining hall. The food was produced on the kibbutz and was very good. Afterwards we travelled to the Golan Heights.
First stop was the Mount Bet Tal, site of a Syrian bunker and now under Israeli control. This was an important strategic site in both the Six Day War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War as it commands a view over the entire valley below.
After dwelling on war and the futility of it all, we were off to visit a winery in the heights. Apparently the Golan Heights is ideal for growing grapes and is now producing some world class wines here. It was a fun tour of the winery and an enjoyable tasting at the end. Some of the group purchased some wines either for immediate enjoyment or to take home, although, I think that might be more trouble than it is worth.