Off the Beaten Track: Road to the Gilabon

08.07.2011                      06.Tammus, 5771

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Off the Beaten Track: Road to the Gilabon

A new column: Travel expert Joe Yudin introduces "the road less travelled" as well as some new discoveries at more well-known sites.

Twenty years ago I was totally clueless as to the rich Jewish history of the remote areas of Israel. Yes I remember the stories about Hebron, Beersheba and Jerusalem from my childhood Hebrew School and synagogue growing up in New Jersey and some of it did manage to seep in. Even some of the Talmudic stories about the great rabbis of Tiberias mentioned in the Haggadah managed to crawl into the back of my brain between the four glasses of wine. But Jews in the Golan Heights? I had always thought the Golan Heights were just a strategic asset seized by Israel during the Six Day War in order to halt once and for all the constant shelling and sniping at the Kibbutzniks farming the Hula Valley below….