Tag Archives: Nature

Migrating Birds, Hula Valley, Israel 2012

Thousands of migratory birds make a stop in the Hula Valley. The Hula Valley is north of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), the Golan Heights are visible in the background of the image.

The Dan River, Israel 2002

The Dan River in the Golan Heights is one of the Jordan River’s three tributaries, along with the Hatzbani and the Banias. Fed by rains and snowmelt from Mount Hermon, the Dan River Valley is lush and green, especially in the springtime.

Palmachim Beach, Israel 2002

The popular Palmachim Beach is located on the Mediterranean coast of central Israel. The area is named for the Palmach, (Hebrew acronym for Plugot Mahatz, literally, “strike forces”) an elite unit of the Haganah, the underground Jewish army in pre-state Israel.  

Ha-Kinneret, Israel

The Kinneret, also known as the Sea of Galilee, is located in the north of Israel. The Kinneret is Israel’s largest lake and provides much of the country’s drinking water.

Greenhouse, Negev, Israel

It has been a goal of Zionist movement to develop the arid Negev, to “make the desert bloom”. This goal has led to extraordinary technological innovation, including the building of greenhouses and the development of drip irrigation, a technique that has been used worldwide.

Amiaz Plains, Israel 2002

The Amiaz Plains rise to the west of the Dead Sea.

Bet Berl, Israel 2002

Bet Berl is a college near Kfar Saba, named for Berl Katzenelson. Katzenelson is considered the spiritual leader of the early Labor Movement.

City by the Sea, Tel-Aviv, Israel 2009

The city of Tel-Aviv offers a unique combination of cosmopolitan life, art, and culture alongside some of the area’s best beaches. High-rise hotels line the Mediterranean Coast along the west side of the city.

Saturday Morning Walk, Hertzeliya, Israel 2010

The beach in Hertzeliya is crowded with local residents enjoying the city’s sandy shores.

Farmer, Eastern Galilee, Israel 1997

The Galilee, in northern Israel, is the country’s most fertile agricultural region. It is also known for its beautiful rolling hills and valleys.

Tourists, Negev, Israel 2005

The Negev in southern Israel is more than just a desert. From Eilat in the south to Mitzpeh Ramon, Sde Boker, and the city of Be’er Sheva, the Negev offers a variety of attractions for tourists, including beaches, nature, archaeology, history, and of course, camel rides.

Sunset, Nahariya, Israel 1995

The Mediterranean Sea (Israel coastal plain) extends 187 kilometers (116 miles), north to south, with sandy beaches and Mediterranean climate.

Haifa, Israel 2000

This photograph offers a view of the port of Haifa, with the Baha’i Temple & Gardens in the foreground. The Baha’i faith was founded in Persia in the 19th century and has about 5 million adherents worldwide. The elaborate Baha’i Gardens in Haifa are a popular tourist destination.

Gone Fishing, Kiryat Yam, Israel 2010

Fishermen stand on defunct sewer pipes on the Mediterranean Sea, fishing. The pipes are a reminder of Israel’s ongoing efforts in the areas of sustainable growth and development.

Family Origin: Germany, Kibbutz Dafna, Israel 2007

Often framed as a monolithic society, Israel is in fact made up of the many stories of the immigrating families who have built their lives there, united under the values of a shared heritage and history. The Israeli family has a distinct blend of customs from their original home country and the homeland. Immigration to …

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa, 1998

In this photograph, teens at Herzlia High School play basketball on a court near the slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. Since the first Jewish school was founded in Cape Town at the end of the 19th century, the community has seen a number of institutions for Jewish education arise and merge. …

Gauchos Refl‰ect, Moisesville, Argentina, 2002

Baron Maurice de Hirsch (1831 – 1896) was a German Jewish businessman and philanthropist. In 1891, he founded the Jewish Colonization Association, or JCA, with the goal of establishing colonies in North and South American for Jews experiencing economic, political, or social oppression in Eastern Europe. These immigrants endured many hardships, but at the height of their …

Sunrise, Sde Boker, Israel, 2003

The people in this photograph are reciting morning prayers in the heart of the Negev Desert, just outside a kibbutz called Sde Boker. Sde Boker is where Israel’s fiŒrst Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, chose to retire. His vision and hope was that Israelis would move to the Negev and make the barren land ‰flourish. Over the years, Israel …

Olive Harvesting, Kibbutz Tzova, Israel, 2006

It’s the season of the olive harvest in Israel, and these young people are helping out on the kibbutz where they live. Since ancient times, olives have been a key crop and an enduring symbol of the Land of Israel. In the Bible, Israel is described as “a land of wheat and barley, of vines, …

Summer Camp, Tumwater, Washington, 2002

It’s time for morning services at Camp Solomon Schechter, in Tumwater, Washington. As the Torah is raised, the kids point with their fiŒngers, symbolically kissing the Torah and lending their support to the Magbiah, who lifts up the scroll. Founded Œfifty years ago, Camp Solomon Schechter in Tumwater, Washington, “provides Jewish youth, families, and adults from the U.S. …