The St. Paul Jewish Federation thanks our co-sponsors: The Jewish Agency for Israel, Sovev-Kinneret Partnership, and the St. Paul and Sabes JCCs.
Of all the unique landscapes of the Holy Land, one of the most magnetic is the land to be found
around the Kinneret or Sea of Galilee. Here we find the hills, the valleys and one of the
largest freshwater lakes in the Middle East, its lapping waters reflecting the magically changing skies over northern Israel. We can agree that ‘heavenly’ is a descriptor that’s not too far off the mark.
This is the landscape that drew the first of the Chalutzim, the pioneer Zionists who came at the dawn of the 20th Century and founded the first Kibbutz, Degania, which was followed by dozens of others that continue to thrive and grow as farms and communities, to this day.
Before that, this landscape drew the sages and mystics. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai of the Zohar, Judaism’s greatest philosopher Moses Maimonides, and the Masoretes who developed the first vocalized text of Jewish scriptures—all called this region home at some point in their lives.
About the Artists
"All my life I have loved to photograph, and to this day I shoot in all fields - events, landscapes and art. Hope you enjoy my pictures."
"Hello, this is Oshri Vizman from Tiberias. Enjoy our photos, the photos came from the heart. This is my hometown - Tiberias, the city of the Sea of Galilee. Take care of yourself and your health in this state. We will be in touch."
By Adam Waddell
The Sea of Galilee has many names. Its water has many sources. But in Israel there is only
one lake. We call it the Kinneret. It is the soul of the life source that is water. In the Middle East, such a precious commodity becomes blessed. This blessedness has spread through its followers, and its bathers, the prophets of old, to much of the world. Today the lake is sacred for other reasons. Today the waters bring harmony to a war-torn region and spread a message of peace. But alas, the lake does not fulfill its true potential. It is clogged. It is dammed. And so the lower Jordan River does not flow. But the spring rain brings life and blesses the level of the lake. Let the water flow.
Adam Waddell is an educator, activist and tour guide who lives in Kibbutz Bet Zera. He works as an educator for the Sea of Galilee Authority and previously for EcoPeace Middle East, a cross-border NGO bringing together Jordanians, Palestinians and Israelis. The Jordan Valley sets the backdrop for Adam’s journey in peace-building, sustainable living and fatherhood.