Visitors from Around the World Step Back in Time at Ein Yael

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An ancient Roman road winds through the southern Jerusalem's mountain ridge, trails down into the Valley of the Ghosts (Emek Refa'im), and finally twists its way into the picturesquely titled Mountain Goat Spring – or, as it is properly known, Ein Yael. Nestled in the Jerusalem hills, Ein Yael, Jerusalem's "Living Museum," is a known favorite among the city's children, with hundreds "experiencing" life in antiquity here, either as part of school groups during the year or as a camper in one of Ein Yael's popular summer camps.

 

This unique site, a 40-acre piece of Roman farmland discovered by archeologist Gershon Edelstein nearly 40 years ago, is treasured not only for locals but by the unceasing waves of international tourists that visit Israel each summer. The Ein Yael Summer Festival, held this year from the ninth to the thirty-first of August, drew visitors from around the world, with families hailing from America to Australia eager to explore the rocky terrain, admire the 2,000-year-old frescoes and mosaics, meet the period actors, and best of all – get their hands dirty participating in traditional craft activities.  

 

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Allon Franklin hails originally from Sydney, Australia, and now lives in Riverdale, New York.  He reveled in the opportunity to see his children step back in time to an era when pitot were rolled by hand and baked outdoors, reeds were carved into high-pitched flutes, mud was used as a building material and people of all ages – including children visiting from across the ocean – could jump up and down with unhampered enthusiasm as their bare feet compressed bushels of grapes into freshly squeezed wine.

 

Rabbi Vernon Kurtz, president of the American Zionist Movement, was similarly impressed by the "hands-on history" that is the hallmark of the Ein Yael experience. The Chicago native was pleased to see his young grandchildren gaining an understanding of the material culture of ancient times, while said grandchildren were equally pleased to be enjoying the crafting process of creating their own mosaics, ancient Roman style. "Ein Yael provides an educational-experiential encounter with antiquity that brings this body of knowledge out of the past  and into the real life of all its visitors, both the children of Jerusalem and children visiting Jerusalem from every country in the world."     

 

Ein Yael Summer Festival – Sample Workshop Schedule

10:00-11:50

Ceramics

Flute-making

Frescoes

Weaving

11:50-12:10

Wine-press

Wine-press

Wine-press

Wine-press

12:10-13:30

Mud-building

Pita-baking

Mosaics

Slingshots

13:40-15:00

Ceramics

Flute-making

Frescoes

Weaving

15:10-17:00

Mud-building

Pita-baking

Mosaics

Slingshots