WADI ARA REGION
Melange of people, landscape and cultures
A visit to the Wadi Ara region provides a rare glimpse into an alternative world. Encounter with hidden landscapes of a mysterious region, just above the main road. Exploring its flavors, smells and human tapestry.
A first hand introduction to the Wadi Ara region. The history of the region, the Rhodes agreements, the Green Line and the affect of them over the everyday life. We'll sit together with the story-tellers and the artists. Take in the taste of the local best HUMUS as we'll hear Yousef's story. Get inspired by strong assertive women, leaders among their society.
Meet he locals as you drive by the winding roads as you mind the gap between the parallel realities along the green line. Jews and Arabs, Israeli and Palestinians. Each has a story to tell. A rich blend of the Israeli society and its internal neighbors.
Kfar Kara Village
An introduction to the Arab village of Umm Kataf
A view of the landscape from Mount Amir. A visit to the Museum of the Heritage of Arab Culture, the home of a traditional Arab Farmer. We'll learn about the traditional lifestyle, listen to stories and traditions in the madafa – the traditional guest room. And enrich our mind and spirit – with black tea and Arab proverbs.
Lunch at Hummus El Ackawai
"Acre is the whipped cream of the co-existence among Jews and Arabs" Yousef says "and I am the cherry". The shining blue eyes he got from mom - her family arrived from Poland in 1936. Orthodox Jews that escaped burning Europe. All the rest died there, in the death camps.
In deep mourning and segregation, her family received the annunciation that his mom put her heart in the Muslim hands of dad, that from which he received his deep soothing voice of story-teller.
Women in Arab Society
His great humus was inherit from his parents' neighbor in Acre, Abu Ibrahim. He had no sons, only daughters, so he adopted him as such - and taught him all the secrets of Hummus, till the very current one. The Hummus is wonderful, representing a genuine Israeli co-existence and some very good taste. Yummy
Encounter with Amana Cna'an
Amna is a social activist who is pioneer in the field of women's rights. A character and a symbol in her society for a strong and assertive lady, representing the voice of the Women in her society. Amna will share with us her personal story, explain and demonstrate traditional Arab dress.
A visit to a calligraphy gallery in Kfar Kara Village
A meeting with artist Mohammad Said Calash, who will discuss the motif of writing in his art. His works depict a variety of techniques and materials: Formica and wood, painting on glass. The visitors will encounter the art of calligraphy in the Muslim art.
"Within a few minutes, we already knew that Moria was perfect! She greeted us warmly, gathered us all together. On the bus we started singing songs in Hebrew to welcome us to Israel. she soon became our "Momma Bear," and we were her cubs. She was kind, energetic, friendly, organized and sympathetic. The things that we did, saw, people we met and places visited exceeded all expectations.
She was fluent in Arabic, Hebrew and English and really enhanced our visits with non Jewish people. There are simply not enough words in the English, Hebrew or Arabic languages to express how we feel about Moria. Because of her, my husband and I will never be able to stop talking about this trip. This was our second trip to Israel and we saw it through Moria's eyes this time - simply incredible!
We are very thankful that we had the opportunity to meet her and we now feel that we have a new friend in Israel. Todah Rabah for everything!"
Judy and Harry Willner, Pennsylvania, USA
Guided tour in an intimate group one on one, family and friends - up to 12 pax
In Option :Transportation to all sites on an 'Eshkol' authorized vehicle (AC with Wi-Fi) - Car/ Van licensed by Ministry of Tourism.
Reservations for site entrance
Hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, water and snacks
Additional shawl for holy sites and colder weather.
What's not included
Food and drinks