Umm el-Kanatir (Arabic: “Mother of archaes”), is an ancient site on the western slopes of the Golan Heights. In the Byzantine period a Jewish village thrived at this site, apperently from flax production in the arched pools of the site.
In the middle of the village impressive remains of a public building were identified, and the excavations of the building prooved they are part of an ancient synagogue, who was abanodoned after a devestating earthquake in 749 CE.
Digs at the site were executed by my relative, Haim Ben-David, and since 2007 a state-of-the-art preservation project is rebuilding the synagogue to present its appearence before the earthquake of 1350 years ago.
|Umm el-Kanatir on Wikipedia|
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Points of Interest in the Area