A Pond, Stream and an Ancient synagogue.
This is a short & easy hike, but packs lots into it. You will visit a winter pond, fantastic Almond tree blossom (Feb-Mar), a lovely stream and an ancient synagogue. In addition you can round it all off with good Humus at Jish.
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Important note: The 1st half of the route has no markers. It is recommended to use the GPS track file.
- Starting point – Center of the village JISH (1).
Jish dates back 3,000 years. The village is mentioned in the Mishnah as Gush Halav, a city “surrounded by walls since the time of Joshua Ben Nun” (m. Arakhin 9:6). Canaanite and Israelite remains from the Early Bronze and Iron Ages have been found there. Archaeological finds include two historical synagogues, a unique mausoleum and burial caves from classic era. (Further reading in Wikipedia)
- Find your way, always uphill through the village streets to reach point (2).
- Continue on the dirt road until the junction (3).
- Fork right to another dirt road and continue down. Ignore a ‡Black‡ marked track joining from the left and continue until you reach the winter pond “Ha’ain Hakuchla” (“The blue eye” in Hebrew) (4).
- This is a very nice setting for a picnic. Relax on the meadow near the pond and enjoy the view.
- The next section is a little tricky because you have to find our way down without any marker or road/trail. Just follow carefully the GPS along the bed of a dry wadi until it merges with the main Stream of Gush Halav (5) .
- In this area if you are lucky enough to be in the right season (February-March) you will encounter impressive Almond tree blossom.
- we are now on the ‡Green‡ marked trail that follows the stream.
- Follow the ‡Green‡ markers up stream until you reach the ancient Synagogue of Gush Halav. (6)
- Continue with ‡Green‡ markers all the way to the village center.
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