Marzipan, honey and witches
There are a number of interesting family activities in the Mount Tabor area. These include a marzipan museum and workshop, a silk and honey farm, and the archeological museum at the kibbutz Ein Dor.
The Marzipan Museum is in the industrial area of Kfar Tabor at the foot of Mount Tabor. The museum displays sculptures of figures and scenes made out of marzipan. There is an introductory video showing how marzipan is made from almonds grown by local farms. There is a workshop in which you can create your own marzipan and chocolate figures. Looking through the glass window, you can view the factory making marzipan and almond products and chocolate pralines. A canteen and shop sell their marzipan, chocolate and other products. Hours during the summer are Sunday to Thursday 9.00 am to 6.00 pm, Friday eves to 4.00 pm, and Saturdays 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. During the winter they close an hour earlier. Call about their workshops. Their phone number is 04- 677 2111. Directions: Enter “Marzipan Factory Kfar Tavor” and click on “בית המרציפן והשוקולד כפר תבור “
Dvorat Hatavor (silk and honey farm)
This is a great place for families with kids that demonstrates how honey and silk are made. Its specialty is showing groups of children around. Coincidentally, honey harvesting coincides with the summer vacations and High Holidays. If you go with a group, there are four areas to view, each of which requires about ½ hour, to a total of almost 2 hours. This includes a protected area with beehives. You can also see the only farm in Israel that makes silk. There is a large covered area with benches for eating and a kiosk selling drinks and snacks. Tours in English for a group of six (or a minimum of 300 nis) can be prearranged during the week. On Fridays there are tours in Hebrew for families at 10.00 am, 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm. Directions: Enter into Waze “Bee Tabor” and click on “Bee Tabor- Dvorat Hatavor, Shadmot Dvora, Israel.” Their phone number is 972-4-676 9598. E-mail: tour-galilee.co.il.. This is their website.
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The Archeological Museum at Ein Dor
This is a small museum with two rooms and an outdoor exhibit. It is an approved archeological museum. The exhibits are from the larger area around here. Explanations for each section are provided in Hebrew, English or Arabic. However, individual items are not explained, which means that you need a tour to fully appreciate the exhibits. There is a helpful brochure in Hebrew. Outside the museum are ancient and less ancient equipment for pressing olives and grinding wheat. The museum specializes in groups, and a small English-speaking group can be accommodated, although providing tours for individuals is not worth their while. Directions: Enter into Waze “Kibbutz Ein Dor.” The museum is well-signposted inside the kibbutz. Telephone: 04-677 0333. E-mail email@example.com. This is their website.
Where was the witch?
Ein Dor was the first settlement formed after the State of Israel was declared in 1948. Ein Dor also has a biblical connection, in that King Saul went to the medium of Ein Dor to summon up the spirit of the prophet Samuel ,as he was desperate to find out information about his impending battle against the Philistines. He had not been offered any prophecy by the prophets or use of the urim vertumim by the priests. There is, of course, an explicit Torah prohibition about seeking mediums and Saul himself had forbidden it in his kingdom. Unfortunately, Samuel had nothing of comfort to offer Saul. He would die during the forthcoming battle.
However, the kibbutz of Ein Dor is not the site of the Biblical Ein Dor. It may well where the ruins of the Arab village of Endor are now south of Mount Tabor. It was deserted during the 1948 War of Independence. This village was built on an earlier Roman village. In favor of this location are its Arabic name, in that Arabic names often retain ancient Hebrew names. Other locations have also been suggested.