Druse hospitality 521.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The Galilee is at its best now, and a year after the fire disaster, Mount Carmel
is slowly recovering and new green is showing between the charred tree trunks.
Hanukka seems to be a good opportunity to pick up friends and family and go
visit this most scenic of Israel regions.
El Carmel (In Hebrew, Amim
vete’amim) is a project designed to expose visitors to the life of the Druse.
The project, created 10 years ago in the village of Usfiya, allows visitors a
glimpse into the life of this mysterious ethnic group – their houses, their food
and their stories.
A local guide meets the visitors upon their arrival
and takes them on a short and delightful walk through the old alleys of Usfiya,
passing by a Druse secret prayer house, a deserted Byzantine church and the
ancient olive press while explaining the culture and telling amusing
The tour takes place in a scenic area. On the day we were there,
it was pouring rain and a huge rainbow stretched from one end of the sky to the
other. It was breathtaking. Standing in the enclosed porch of one of the houses,
we could see the Mediterranean and Mount Hermon in one glimpse.
short and very interesting tour, guests are invited to one of a number of local
homes, where the residents offer their famous hospitality. After meeting the
kind hosts, sitting around the taboon oven sipping the special scented tea,
guests are invited to the madpa
– the Druse guest room, where the guide tells
more stories about the life of the Druse, the hidden religion, rebirth of souls,
the Druse women and the bond with the emerging Jewish state and the Druse
commitment to Israel.
At the end of the lecture, trays loaded with
delicious Druse dishes, all cooked by the hosts in special kosher kitchens, are
It’s an all-you-can-eat event, so food keeps coming until
everyone has had enough.
For those who want to see more, there are other
experiences offered, such as drums and folklore show, coffee readings and much
Tours are given in Hebrew, English and other languages. Food is
kosher, certified by the Chief Rabbinate. Tours are offered for different size
groups, starting at 10 persons.For more information, call Avi at (04)
839-0125 or 052-453-5100. www.el-carmel.com