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Welcome to Neot Kedumim – the only Biblical Landscape Reserve in the world, where you can see and experience the Land of the Bible as it was during the time of the Bible. 

 

 

Located halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and only 10 minutes from Ben Gurion International Airport, Neot Kedumim offers over 2500 dunams (620 acres) of picturesque biblical landscape with plants and trees, water and agricultural installations as they were over 2,000 years ago. Live the life of our forefathers, the founders of the Jewish and Christian faiths, picking the fruits of the Seven Species of the Land of Israel (when in season), making olive oil, tasting the produce of the vine, herding sheep and goats, drawing water from an ancient cistern.

A non-profit organization in Israel, Neot Kedumim has received international recognition as a model of restoration ecology — the reclamation of ravaged landscapes. In 1994, Neot Kedumim won the Israel Prize, the highest honor awarded by the State of Israel, for its special contribution to the society and the state.

 

 

Neot Kedumim 1970

 

Neot Kedumim 2004

 

Literally with the Bible in one hand and a spade in the other, Neot Kedumim has established a network of natural and agricultural landscapes bearing names that indicate their textual source - the Forest of Milk and Honey, Dale of the Song of Songs, Isaiah's Vineyard, the Fields of the Seven Species are only some of the areas which we have created which embody the panorama and power of the landscapes reflected in the Bible.

Neot Kedumim draws on a variety of disciplines — Bible scholarship, botany, zoology, geography, history, and archaeology — to bring the Bible and its commentaries to life.

Thousands of tons of soil were trucked in and spread on the eroded hillsides, reservoirs were dug to catch runoff rainwater, and ancient terraces were restored. Habitats were created for such varied species as cedars from the snow-covered mountains of Lebanon and date palms from Sinai desert oases.

Hundreds of varieties of biblical and talmudic plants; wild and domesticated animals; ancient and reconstructed olive and wine presses, threshing floors, cisterns, and ritual baths bring to life the literal roots of the biblical tradition in the soil of the land of Israel.

Neot Kedumim offers endless opportunities to connect visitors to their heritage, through hands-on innovative programming for guests of all ages and backgrounds. Tours are available – either with one of our guides or on your own with a map in hand.  Additionally, you may choose from a wide range of leadership programs and sheep-herding workshops, biblical cooking workshops, educational programs ranging from one hour to one week, summer camp programs, tree-planting ceremonies, a train-ride tour of the park, and FIT tours. In addition, the park makes an elegant and unique setting for Bar/Bat mitzvah full service planning and programming, and any other type of event for out-of country hosts.

By reuniting text and context, Neot Kedumim opens up before the visitor Israel's nature as the idiom of the Bible. The symbols, prayers, and holidays of the Jewish and Christian heritage, observed and preserved for thousands of years, blossom in a new and colorful dimension at Neot Kedumim, the world's only biblical landscape reserve.

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