Updated: Aug 4
Nestled between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv lies a unique park, a Biblical park: Neot Kedumim. What is a Biblical park and what makes a visit there a must for everyone, Israeli and tourist alike?
How Neot Kedumim began
Founder Nogah HaReuveni was a botanist and the son of botanist immigrants from Russia. His parents instilled a love of the land by reading Bible stories to him from the time he was a toddler. Nogah continued his parents passion by studying botany, but Nogah didn't want to just study the plants of Israel, he wanted to share his passion with the world.
Hyssop - mentioned in the Bible
After many years, Nogah realized his dream through the creation of Neot Kedumim, a park that contains every plant, tree and vine mentioned in the Bible, as well as many mentioned in the Talmud. Through years of careful planning, he was able to transport trees from the Golan Heights, the coastal plain and even the Negev Desert, so that everyone could enjoy the natural beauty of Israel in one location.
Cedar trees (from Lebanese seedlings) - Almond trees - Date palm trees
Neot Kedumim - a family adventure
Nogah was an educator and so he understood that children, like many adults, learn best when the learning is experiential. And that's why Neot Kedumim includes hours of family adventures. It's true! you can leisurely wander the trails or you can register for an olive pressing workshop or pita baking or even goat herding. It's a wonderful family experience that you'll remember for years to come.
The Seven Spices (Seva Menim) Garden
The park includes a section that is truly Jewish; the Seven Species Garden.
In Deuteronomy 8:8, the Israelites are told that the land they would enter was filled with wheat, barley, grape vines, fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey (from date palms).
And, to remind us of this passage, Neot Kedumim includes a garden filled with all of the vines and trees mentioned in that famous verse.
Neot Kedumim brings the Bible to life
Neot Kedumim is the perfect outdoor classroom, bringing the Bible to life. This is a place you and your family will want to visit again and again. Exploring, tasting, breathing in the sights and scents of the Bible. Come walk the land with us. Israel is Beautiful loves exploring all of the people and places in Israel. We can't wait to see you on our next adventure. If you haven't already become an Israel is Beautiful member, sign up today at https://www.israelisbeautiful.com/about-subscriptions
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