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ein gedi ancient synagogue

in 1965 members of kibbutz Ein Gedi wanted to wanted to install a water pipe line when the tractor hit a mosaic floor.  An archaeological expedition from the Hebrew University uncovered the building, which proved to be a 1,500-year-old synagogue. Its mosaic floor was decorated with charming patterns and four lengthy inscriptions. One of them alluded to a secret the community held whose nature is a mystery to this day. A burnt scroll found on its floor was deciphered only in 2015. It proved to be a copy of Leviticus.

Touring Ein-Gedi’s Ancient Synagogue

Ein-Gedi’s synagogue is with the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a national park. It is open every day, from 8:00 to 17:00. The synagogue is an excellent example of a Jewish community thriving in the Judean Desert in Talmudic times. Its wealth was probably based on the lucrative production of Balsam perfume.

Touring Ein Gedi’s ancient synagogue can be combined with a day tour of the Dead Sea.

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