Gamla (Aramaic: “Camel”) is an important ancient Jewish city located on a pointed cliff in the Golan heights, somewhat in the shape of a hump of a camel, hence its name. Gamla was attacked, conquered and destroyed by the Roman in 67 CE.
Unlike Masada, at Gamla the Jews fought back against the Romans and non of them deliberately committed suicide. Yet Gamla’s location was not even known before 1968, and so despite the impressive remains recovered of the Jewish Heroism at the site, it is not as known and as visited as Masada. A full visit to the site is a 4 hours hike, but from the view point much of the site can be seen and appreciated, as well as a nesting cliffs area of Griffon vultures, and a nice waterfall (“Gamla waterfall”).
Bar-Mitzvah in the Ancient Synagogue of Gamla
The ancient synagogue of Gamla can also be a very special location for a Bar/Bat-Mizvah ceremony. Setting the event in a synagogue from the time of the Temple makes it a truly magical and unforgettable event. Reading from the Torah here connects the Child’s festive moment so strongly to Judaism in the far past in the Holy Land.
It is recommended to combine it with a visit to a Shofar workshop nearby (“Kol Shofar“) where the child can make his own Shofar from a Ram’s horn.
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Points of Interest in the Area