Pre-Trip Research...


Location of your site:


[Tell me where in Israel your site is located, maybe it's in a city, area, or even give some GPS locations]
Located west of the Dead Sea, near Masada and the Caves of Qumran.
GPS location: eingedi2.jpg

Geographical Features (Include a Picture or Map):


[Some descriptive words or short sentences are enough, add the picture for some pizzazz]
It is an oasis. Ein Gedi nature reserve and natural park has one of the most important natural reserves in israel. Has a big kibbutz called Kibbutz Ein Gedi which was established in 1956.The Ein Gedi race, also known as the Shalom Marathon – Dead Sea Half Marathon is a popular road running event over several distances that has been held by the Tamar Regional Council since 1983.

The Meaning of the Name of your Site:


[duh, What the name of your site means]
The name En-gedi is composed of two Hebrew words: ein means spring and gdi means goat-kid. En Gedi thus means "Kid spring."

Historical Background/Significance:


[Why is this site so important? What in it's history makes it a significant stop on your trip?]

In the 2 Chronicles 20:2 it is identified with Hazazon-tamar, where the Moabites and Ammonites gathered in order to fight Josaphat. InGenesis 14:7 Hazazon-tamar is mentioned as being a Amorite city, smitten by Chedorlaomer in his war against the cities of the plain.

In Joshua 15:62, Ein Gedi is enumerated among the cities of the Tribe of Judah in the desert Betharaba, but Ezekiel 47:10 shows that it was also a fisherman's town. Later, King David hides in the desert of En Gedi (1 Samuel 24:1-2) and King Saul seeks him "even upon the most craggy rocks, which are accessible only to wild goats" (1 Samuel 24:3).

The Song of Songs (Songs 1:14) speaks of the "vineyards of En Gedi"; the words, "I was exalted like a palm tree in Cades" (’en aígialoîs), which occur in Ecclesiasticus 24:18, may perhaps be understood of the palm trees of Ein Gedi.

The indigenous Jewish town of Ein Gedi was an important source of balsam for the Greco-Roman world until its destruction by Byzantine emperor Justinian as part of his persecution of the Jews in his realm. A synagogue mosaic remains from Ein Gedi's heyday, including a Judeo-Aramaic inscription warning inhabitants against "revealing the town's secret" – possibly the methods for extraction and preparation of the much-prized balsam resin, though not stated outright in the inscription – to the outside world.
THIS SITE IS MAINLY A NATURAL RESERVE WHICH IS VERY KNOWN IN ISRAEL.
Do other Cultures or Religions have connections to your site?:

[Are there other people who believe this site holds significance for their culture or religion as well? Include legal claims if applicable.]

Connect a Talmudic/Biblical saying to your site:


[Copy and Paste phrase or quote here]

Share any Midrash, Fables, or other “stories” about the site:




Now You're ready to create a multimedia presentation in Hebrew for class here in America.

    • [Link your Presentation here if applicable]


You're also responsible for a brief "Tour Guide" presentation in ENGLISH to be given at your site in Israel.

    • [Type your English "Tour Guide" script here]


After the Trip...


Picture From your Site.


[Add a photo from your trip to the site here]

Reflections:


[Write a brief reflection on your visit to your site. Was your experience what you expected? Did you learn something new? What was it like experiencing this place in person...]