The Talmudic Village of Katzrin
As you tour the reconstructed Talmudic village of Katzrin in the Golan Heights, suddenly it dawns on you: you are walking the lanes of a real village mentioned in the Talmud, which has come alive again in its actual ancient location.
Archaeological findings in Katzrin. Photo credit: ©Shutterstock
Katzrin is an Israeli settlement in Golan Heights, known as the "capital of the Golan. Excavations by Israeli archaeologists began in 1972. Katzrin's ancient village and synagogue were reconstructed and opened to the public as a national park. A kitchen, pantry, living room, bedroom, and courtyard have been restored and outfitted with objects of daily life. Many of these implements are real ones that the region’s farmers continued to use until recently; all appear in actual passages from the Talmud, which makes learning about our ancestors fun.
A highlight is a visit to the remains of Katzrin’s stately Talmudic-era synagogue, where modern-day Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and weddings can even be arranged. The younger set will enjoy making the audio-visual acquaintance of ancient sages in a presentation shown in a replica of the synagogue. By special arrangement, bread-baking, pottery-making, and even olive-pressing in season can be part of the experience.
The reconstructed village is across the street from the modern city of Katzrin, which has an archaeological museum to complement your experience and can also be a good place for a break before or after your visit.