Kvutzat Kinneret Eucalyptus Groves

Kvutzat Kinneret is a Kibbutz on the south western shores of the Sea of Galilee a few minutes south of Tiberias and north of Bet Gabriel and next to the first Kibbutz Deganya. Here is a short blog from one of our regular readers.


We walked in  the eucalyptus groves by Kvutzat Kinneret; there are a few small lakes in swampy ground and surrounded by eucalyptus trees. Naomi Shemer, one of Israel's foremost songwriters and poets and the composer of  the famous song Yerushalayim Shel Zahav (Jerusalem of Gold ) was born on the nearby Kvutzat Kinneret. She walked through these Eucalyptus Groves on her way to school and many of the themes in her songs came from these experiences for example the song Churshat HaEucalyptus (the Eucalyptus Grove) The views here are utterly stunning and there is also lots of wildlife. We have never been here before although it is so accessible from the main road.

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Qasr al Yahud - Baptismal Site now Open

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The Jordan River at Qasr al Yahud
Qasr al Yahud
(The Jews' Castle or Palace) is a site on the banks of the Jordan River not far from Jericho.  Christian tradition associates Qasr al Yahud with the site of Jesus' baptism by Matthew (Matthew 3) and it has been revered as such from at least the fourth century. There are many monasteries and churches in the area testifying to the long religious tradition at Qasr al Yahud. In Jewish tradition the crossing of the Jordan by the Children of Israel under Joshua (Joshua 3) must also have taken place in this general area. It is also associated with the site where Elijah handed over the prophecy to Elisha and rose to heaven on a fiery chariot (2 Kings 11)

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