Before Hanukkah vacation, time for another Places in Your Neighborhood tour.

Our second trip this year takes us to the nearby Maccabee sites. The place names of the modern communities in the area were taken from the connection to the Home Town of the Maccabees – Modiin.  We will explore the area as seen through the eyes of someone living more than 2100 years ago during the time of the original  Chashmonaim.

First stop will be an overlook in Park Ayalon.  We will talk about the battles and triumphs of the Maccabees.  What makes our area a great area for a battle?  How did the few overcome the many?

We will continue to the town of the Maccabees,  the ancient synagogue and city center of the Modiin of 2100 years ago (or is it Modiin?).  Modern archaeology in an ancient city.

We will end in the so-called Maccabean graves by Shilat.  Are these really the Maccabean graves?  

Tour date:  Sunday, November 25, Kislev 11 OR Tuesday, November 27, Kislev 13
Tour start: 9:15 a.m. in Park Ayalon
Tour end:  approx. 1:00 p.m.  in Shilat
Approximate travel time: 15 minutes to Park Ayalon.

All the sites are free open sites.  Guiding fee is 50 NIS per person.

You need to wear good walking shoes, a hat and bring water.

If you are interested, please contact me to let me know.  This tour will only run with a minimum of 8 people so tell your friends to come along.


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