Neot Kedumim

Neot Kedumim The World's only Biblical Landscape Reserve 1

Neot Kedumim Introduction Come 'Walk the Bible' With Us - Christian Tour 'Be Inspired' - A Time-Honored Guided Tour 'Roots and Shoots in the Land of Israel' - Guided Tour & Tree Planting 'Leading the Flock' - Guided Tour & Sheep-herding 'VIP Experience' - Guided Tour & Tree Planting & Sheep-herding 'Tour - Cook - Taste' - Light Cooking Experience in Nature 'Green Roots' - Ecological Tour ‘Young Leadership’ Program - ODT Training Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program A Feast Fit for Kings and Queens 'Cooking With the Bible' Workshop with Dr Tova Dickstein* Taste and See – The Last Supper Experience Guided Tour following the Passover Meal We Also Have… 3 4 7 8 10 12 14 15 16 18 20 22 24 Table of Contents 2

Neot Kedumim Introduction In the heart of the country, near the Ben Shemen Forest (near Ben Gurion airport), resides 625 acres of the world’s only Biblical landscape reserve. Here, the timeless landscape expresses the essence of daily life in ancient Israel, where the roots of the past serve as the foundation of future endeavors. The natural contours, flora, archaeological findings, crops, and agricultural facilities reconstruct the scenes of the past that birthed the nation’s heritage. By reuniting text and context, it 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. Neot Kedumim , a non-profit organization in Israel, 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 enables visitors to understand the momentous impact the physical and spiritual connection to the land of Israel has had on every generation of the nation of Israel". (from Nogah Hareuveni's acceptance speech at the Israel Prize awards in 1994). 3

Come 'Walk the Bible' With Us Christian Tour "Walk the Bible with Us" at Neot Kedumim, where the parables of Jesus come to life in a remarkable and immersive experience. Immerse yourself in the world of the Bible, where the words of Jesus take on a new dimension as you explore the sights, sounds, and fragrances of the Holy Land. Our guided tour offers an opportunity for you to be spiritually uplifted and a chance to connect with the context in which the Biblical text was written. Here's what you can expect from this inspiring journey: Inspirational Guided Tour Our Classical guided tour combines the wonders of Israel's nature with the timeless wisdom of the ancient scriptures. During the tour: • Encounter and activate ancient agricultural installations, like water cisterns, oil presses, wine presses, and threshing floors. • Discover the emblematic biblical plants that adorned the "Forest of Milk and Honey" and the renowned Land of the Seven Species. Marvel at the significance and symbolism " All these things Jesus spoke to the crowd in parables" (Matthew 13:34) 4

of each plant as our knowledgeable and passionate guides illuminate their connection to the ancient scriptures and bring to life the verses from the bible. • Crush Hyssop to make Za'atar spice and take it as a souvenir, to enjoy this popular biblical snack back at home. Optional add-ons to the guided tour Ceremonial Tree Planting “When you come into the land and plant any kind of tree…” (Leviticus 19:23) Plant a small sapling of a forest tree. For decades, the act of planting trees in Israel has symbolized the revitalization of the Jewish people in their ancestral homeland. While we deeply understand the emotional significance of upholding this tradition, we also recognize the importance of strategic tree planting, ensuring the right tree finds its place at the right time. Hence, the tree planting experience we offer at Neot Kedumim, as an optional addition to our guided tours, holds both symbolic and ceremonial value. This activity provides a unique chance for personal connection with the land. By participating in our tours, you can delve into a profound comprehension of the ancient terrain and our ongoing endeavors to preserve and recreate it. However, please note that the young saplings you plant might not remain in the precise spot of planting. Sheepherding “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” (Psalm 23) Lead a flock of sheep and goats and learn about the qualities of a good leader based on our forefathers' experiences as shepherds. 5

Duration: 2-3 hours (depending on add-on choices) This activity highlights the resilience and adaptability required in leadership. You will navigate the rugged terrain, encountering obstacles and uncertainties along the way. Throughtheseexperiences,youwilldevelopyourowncapacitytoinspireandguideothers. Torah Scribe Demonstration “… not one not or tittle shall not pass from the law... “ (Matthew 5:18) A Torah scribe, known as a“Sofer”in Hebrew, is a highly skilled individual who specializes in the meticulous transcription of the Torah onto parchment. This ancient tradition is of paramount importance in the Jewish faith, as the Torah contains the sacred writings and laws given to Moses by God. The role of a Sofer goes beyond mere transcription; it involves a deep understanding of Jewish law, tradition, and calligraphy. Meet our enchanting Torah scribe and learn about what is required for this unique craft: his writing tools, the Hebrew meaning of his profession and reading from an old Torah scroll. 6

'Be Inspired' A Time-Honored Guided Tour Our Classical guided tour offers a truly inspirational journey, combining the wonders of Israel's nature with the timeless wisdom of ancient scriptures. Prepare to be captivated for up to 2 hours as our guides lead you through this extraordinary journey. Every step along the trails will deepen your understanding and appreciation of our shared history, leaving you inspired by the wonders of the past. During the tour: • Encounter and activate ancient agricultural installations, like water cisterns, oil presses, wine presses, and threshing floors. • Discover the emblematic biblical plants that adorned the "Forest of Milk and Honey" and the renowned Land of the Seven Species. Marvel at the significance and symbolism of each plant as our knowledgeable and passionate guides illuminate their connection to the ancient scriptures and bring to life the verses from the bible. • Crush Hyssop to make Za'atar spice and take it as a souvenir, to enjoy this popular biblical snack back at home. "A land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig-trees and pomegranates; a land of olive-trees and honey" (Deut 8:8) © Eldad maestro Duration: 2 hours 7

Guided Tour Our Classical guided tour offers a truly inspirational journey, combining the wonders of Israel's nature with the timeless wisdom of ancient scriptures. During the tour: • Encounter and activate ancient agricultural installations, like water cisterns, oil presses, wine presses, and threshing floors. • Discover the emblematic biblical plants that adorned the "Forest of Milk and Honey" and the renowned Land of the Seven Species. Marvel at the significance and symbolism of each plant as our knowledgeable and passionate guides illuminate their connection to the ancient scriptures and bring to life the verses from the bible. • Crush Hyssop to make Za'atar spice and take it as a souvenir, to enjoy this popular biblical snack back at home. 'Roots and Shoots in the Land of Israel' Guided Tour & Tree Planting 8

Ceremonial Tree Planting Plant a small sapling of a forest tree. For decades, the act of planting trees in Israel has symbolized the revitalization of the Jewish people in their ancestral homeland. While we deeply understand the emotional significance of upholding this tradition, we also recognize the importance of strategic tree planting, ensuring the right tree finds its place at the right time. Hence, the tree planting experience we offer at Neot Kedumim, as an optional addition to our guided tours, holds both symbolic and ceremonial value. This activity provides a unique chance for personal connection with the land. By participating in our tours, you can delve into a profound comprehension of the ancient terrain and our ongoing endeavors to preserve and recreate it. However, please note that the young saplings you plant might not remain in the precise spot of planting. Duration: up to 2 hours 9

Guided Tour Our Classical guided tour offers a truly inspirational journey, combining the wonders of Israel's nature with the timeless wisdom of ancient scriptures. During the tour: • Encounter and activate ancient agricultural installations, like water cisterns, oil presses, wine presses, and threshing floors. • Discover the emblematic biblical plants that adorned the "Forest of Milk and Honey" and the renowned Land of the Seven Species. Marvel at the significance and symbolism of each plant as our knowledgeable and passionate guides illuminate their connection to the ancient scriptures and bring to life the verses from the bible. • Crush Hyssop to make Za'atar spice and take it as a souvenir, to enjoy this popular biblical snack back at home. 'Leading the Flock' Guided Tour & Sheep-herding 10

Duration: up to 2 hours Sheepherding Lead a flock of sheep and goats and learn about the qualities of a good leader based on our forefathers’ experiences as shepherds. This activity highlights the resilience and adaptability required in leadership. You will navigate the rugged terrain, encountering obstacles and uncertainties along the way. Throughtheseexperiences,youwilldevelopyourowncapacitytoinspireandguideothers. On this extraordinary journey, you can discover the timeless wisdom of biblical leadership, gain practical insights, and apply them to your own leadership journey, whether in your personal or professional life. 11

Guided Tour Our Classical guided tour offers a truly inspirational journey, combining the wonders of Israel’s nature with the timeless wisdom of ancient scriptures. During the tour: • Encounter and activate ancient agricultural installations, like water cisterns, oil presses, wine presses, and threshing floors. • Discover the emblematic biblical plants that adorned the “Forest of Milk and Honey” and the renowned Land of the Seven Species. Marvel at the significance and symbolism of each plant as our knowledgeable and passionate guides illuminate their connection to the ancient scriptures and bring to life the verses from the bible. • Crush Hyssop to make Za’atar spice and take it as a souvenir, to enjoy this popular biblical snack back at home. Ceremonial Tree Planting Plant a small sapling of a forest tree. For decades, the act of planting trees in Israel has symbolized the revitalization of the Jewish people in their ancestral homeland. While we deeply understand the emotional 'VIP Experience' Guided Tour & Tree Planting & Sheep-herding 12

Duration: Between 2-3 hours significance of upholding this tradition, we also recognize the importance of strategic tree planting, ensuring the right tree finds its place at the right time. Hence, the tree planting experience we offer at Neot Kedumim, as an optional addition to our guided tours, holds both symbolic and ceremonial value. This activity provides a unique chance for personal connection with the land. By participating in our tours, you can delve into a profound comprehension of the ancient terrain and our ongoing endeavors to preserve and recreate it. However, please note that the young saplings you plant might not remain in the precise spot of planting. Sheepherding Lead a flock of sheep and goats and learn about the qualities of a good leader based on our forefathers’ experiences as shepherds. This activity highlights the resilience and adaptability required in leadership. You will navigate the rugged terrain, encountering obstacles and uncertainties along the way. Through these experiences, you will develop your own capacity to inspire and guide others. On this extraordinary journey, you can discover the timeless wisdom of biblical leadership, gain practical insights, and apply them to your own leadership journey, whether in your personal or professional life. Suitable for families and groups. 13

Duration: up to 4 hours Short Tour Begin your culinary journey with a short, guided tour through the Neot Kedumim Nature Reserve, a living tribute to the biblical landscape of Israel. Engage your senses as you touch, smell, and see the native plants that have deep historical and cultural significance. Identify Local Foods Along the way, you’ll discover a variety of ingredients of the land of milk and honey. Learn about their roles in ancient culinary traditions and their symbolism in biblical times. Prepare Biblical Dishes Roll up your sleeves and immerse yourself in the preparation of vegan dishes that echo the flavors of antiquity. Experience the joy of bringing ancient recipes to life, each step connecting you to the time-honored practices of biblical times. 'Tour - Cook - Taste' Light Cooking Experience in Nature 14

Duration: up to 2 hours 'Green Roots' Ecological Tour Introducing an active and multi-sensory tour designed to demonstrate ecological awareness within Jewish heritage, and the actions that can still be carried out today to help the environment. • Discover principals of ecological restoration, using Neot Kedumim as a model and learn about ecological awareness as expressed in the ancient Jewish sources. • Draw water from an ancient cistern. Unveil the water issue and creative solutions given in the past and in the present. • Unearth some of the typical 'ecological' plants of Israel and engage in the hands-on experience of making Za'atar (Hyssop), a spice that demonstrates the principals of ecological adaptation. …Look at my works! See how beautiful they are – how excellent! For your sake I created them all. Do not spoil and destroy my world, for if you do, there will be no one left to repair it…" (Kohelet Rabba 1) 15

The Goals of the Program 1. Designating visions and values 2. Bonding as a group 3. Learning to work together as a team Our program aims to awaken insights based on the Biblical sources in an extraordinary way. Description of Activity Options Breaking the Ice - Opening Activities – Approximately 30 mins These opening activities encourage the group to “let their hair down”. The ice-breaker games promote interaction in a new and casual environment, help in getting to know the group facilitator, and unite the group for the upcoming challenges. Leading the Flock – Approximately 1 hour The unique leadership qualities of Moses and King David were revealed when they were shepherds. During this activity the group will lead a flock of sheep and goats and put their own leadership skills to the test. 'Young Leadership' Program ODT Training 16

Duration: up to 4 hours The Cistern Challenge - Approximately 1 hour Surrounding an ancient water cistern, the group will face a complex mission while being limited in the use of all of our 5 senses. To succeed, the group must create a means of communication which enables the entire group to cooperate. This activity teaches the importance of communication and group interaction as well as improving management skills and attentiveness to others. Bows and Arrows – Approximately 1 hour Each sub-group plans ways to win the most points by shooting bows and arrows at a target, from various distances, according to specified rules. After the planning stage, the groups compete against each other, and then correct their initial plan on the basis of the results. Discussion topics: group management, competitive vs. social emphasis, ability to change plans. The Rope Bridge – Approximately 1 hour Teamwork, organization, restraint, patience and motivation are just a few of the skills required for this challenge. Teams compete against each other to cross a rope bridge, overcoming various obstacles along the way. Spread the Light – Closing Activity - Approximately 30 mins Sitting in a circle, each participant creates their own individual oil lamp. After lighting it and sharing an insight on the day’s experience, the light is passed to the next person in the circle. After all the lamps have been lit a collective light symbol can be created. • Up to 25 participants per group. • Suitable for ages 15-18. • Activity options are offered in accordance with specific needs and requests made in advance by the group and upon availability. 17

Neot Kedumim's Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience offers an alternative and enriching way to celebrate this important milestone in a natural and spiritually significant setting. By intertwining the traditions of the Jewish heritage with the surrounding nature, participants can deepen their connection to their cultural roots while creating lasting memories in a remarkable environment. Our Program Includes: Ceremony in the Heart of Nature The Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony takes place in a picturesque outdoor sukkah that transports attendees to the landscapes of the Bible. The venue's ambiance adds a sense of authenticity and historical significance to the event. A Torah scroll is provided, allowing you to conduct your own ceremony. Please note, Neot Kedumim does not provide Rabbis\Cantors\ Facilitators to lead the service. Guided Tour Participants can engage in an enlightening guided tour that celebrates the vibrant colors, fragrances, and stories of Israel's nature, aligning with the scriptures. This tour enhances the overall experience by connecting the Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration to Israel's nature and the Jewish sources. Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program 18

Suitable for groups of 20-70 participants • The Echo of Water: Explore and activate an ancient water facility that once served as a vital social network in ancient times. This experience provides insight into the importance of water in the Biblical era and its significance in Jewish culture. • Shine Your Light: Learn about the pivotal role of the olive tree in Jewish culture, from ancient times to the present day, at an authentic oil press. Participants can create their own oil lamp, symbolizing peace, eternity, and inner light, while deepening their understanding of the olive's cultural significance. • Spice Up Your Life: Engage in a hands-on activity by preparing Za'atar, a traditional spice, using dried Hyssop leaves. Additionally, participants can make a perfume sachet (Besamim) using aromatic Biblical plants, adding a sensory element to the experience. Festive Meal (Optional) Enjoy a meat/dairy meal which is served by our in-house caterer. Meals Terms and Conditions: • Groups with less than 15 persons will be charged for the minimum fee. • The eating venue hosts different groups at the same time and therefore is not available for private use. • The duration of a meal is one hour. We regret, it is not possible to have speeches/ music/ your own decorations at the meal venue. 19

"Cooking with the Bible" workshop offers a captivating and immersive experience, taking participants on a culinary and cultural journey to the ancient Land of Israel. This unique adventure allows you to explore the foods, traditions, and stories of that era while discovering the medical and nutritional significance of different plants. The workshop includes: Edible Plant Collection Embark on a guided tour through the landscapes that once graced the ancient Land of Israel. As you traverse this historical terrain, you'll gather edible plants and spices that were integral to the culinary traditions of the time. Along the way, Dr Tovah Dickstein will share captivating stories, tales, and legends that transport you back to the era of the Bible, providing insights into the cultural and social significance of these foods. Exploring Medicinal and Nutritional Values Delve into the fascinating world of ancient remedies and nutritional knowledge. Compare the medical practices of the past with modern scientific understanding, A Feast Fit for Kings and Queens 'Cooking with the Bible' Workshop with Dr. Tova Dickstein* © Eldad maestro 20

Duration: up to 5 hours gaining a deeper appreciation for the wisdom of our ancestors. Discover how various plants were used not only for culinary purposes but also for their healing and healthenhancing properties. Preparing a Biblical Meal Culminate your journey with a hands-on experience that bridges the gap between past and present. Under the guidance of Dr Tovah Dickstein, culinary historian, you'll have the opportunity to recreate a Biblical meal using authentic ancient recipes. Engage in the process of preparing, cooking, and tasting dishes that were enjoyed by inhabitants of the ancient Land of Israel. This interactive cooking session adds a tactile dimension to your understanding of history, culture, and cuisine. * Dr. Tova Dickstein is a Biblical food researcher, specializing in the food of the Second Temple period. 21

Taste and See – The Last Supper Experience Guided Tour following the Passover Meal “ “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” (Luke 22:8) Come and explore the symbols and customs of the Passover holiday as it was celebrated in the land of Israel at the time of Jesus. See and taste some of the ingredients from the meal that Jesus shared with his disciples at The Last Supper. *Based on a unique research done by Dr. Tova Dickstein, a Biblical food researcher, specializing in the food of the Second Temple period. Our tour will pass through ancient agricultural facilities and biblical landscapes dotted with typical biblical plants which have been growing here since ancient times. Overlooking the sheep pen – Discuss the first Passover sacrifice as mentioned in the Exodus. Why a lamb? How did they eat it? Its role, meaning and symbolism at that time. 22

At the wine press – Get to know the ancient methods of wine making and get acquainted with indigenous vine varieties. Taste and make a blessing on the konditon wine – the typical wine served back in those days. At the threshing floor – See and learn about wheat, barley, bread making and the Omer offering. Make matzah – The unleavened bread eaten at Passover. Prepare the dough yourself and bake it in a specially built stone oven. Taste it together with the Hyssop and bitter herb you picked up earlier along the way. Praise the Lord – Gather in an authentic tent overlooking the scenic biblical views, recite the Hallel verses from Psalms as Jesus did with his disciples at the last supper. “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalms 34:8) Duration: up to 3 hours 23

We Also Have… Catering Service for Groups We offer a variety of menu options for groups including meat meals, dairy and vegetarian meals, breakfast options, snacks and more. Meals can only be offered in addition to a private tour/activity and are for groups of 15 + participants. Nogah HaReuveni Heritage Center The Nogah HaReuveni Heritage center was established in commemoration of the Hareuveni family’s contribution to the research of typical plants of the land of Israel and their importance in our culture and heritage. Holiday events for the public throughout the year On Jewish holidays throughout the year, we have festivals for the public with shows and musical performances, special exhibits, walking trails and more. Year-round Sukkah exhibit Come and see our year-round real life model Sukkah exhibition according to the Sukkah tractate in the Mishna. The exhibition includes a 2-story Sukkah, a Sukkah in a tree and many more. 24

Classrooms and Halls for Gatherings Classrooms and halls are available for private gatherings for groups that have ordered a tour/activity. Paratrek Wheelchairs Neot Kedumim has recently acquired all-terrain wheelchairs, allowing disabled people the opportunity to take part in everything we have to offer. Biblical costumes for family photos Groups and families can enjoy a photo opportunity dressed up in “Biblical” costumes during their tour of Neot Kedumim. 25

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