Favorite thing: I really do believe though that the best time of day at Beit Jann is that time devoted to making friends. Here you can see Tal with two of Yossef's girls. It was so great that she could make friends there. We would see her during meal times, but for most of the day Tal would disappear with her friends only to return later in the evening, tired but happy. I think that for ME was the best thing about Beit Jann...
Favorite thing: I think the best time of day at Beit Jann is when you take a completly unneeded afternoon lunch break and just lay back under one of the trees and sort of "take in" the countryside. Here you can see Zohara "demonstrating" how it is done by a pro...^O^
Favorite thing: I think the best time of day at Beit Jann is when you get everyone out to help with the BBQ, here you can see international cooperation on its best level.... In the picture you can see Romanian, German, Tunisian, Finish and American "workers", working on the BBQ.
Favorite thing: In Beit Jann it is almost a family tradition, or should I say Druze tradition to serve in the Israel armed forces. Statistic wise the Druze have more sons serving in the Israeli army than do the Jews, and they serve with distinction in all branches, especially the front line units. This is a memorial to one of those soldiers, Phaudi Kazamal by name. A stark reminder of the cost of defending your home. Whenever I see one of these memorials I always make it a point to stop and learn of the person who gave his life for ME.
Favorite thing: Have I told you that the Druze in Beit Jann are friendly, well even if I have I will say it again. We met Rafik one day when we were looking for a flower, yes a FLOWER. There is a very beautiful flower that grows in Israel ONLY on a mountain next to Beit Jann. Rafik has fields very near and people use a space nearby to park their cars, we found Rafik instead of the flower...Rafik helped us find a parking spot and then directed us to find the trail. After speaking for only a few moments to ask about the land surrounding us and what he was growing, Rafik invited us into his home for coffee with his family who were helping him there in the fields. It is great to know just how many open, good and friendly people there are out there if you only take the time to find them.
Favorite thing: This is the southeastern edge of Beit Jann as seen from the Hare Meron Nature Preserve. Beit Jann is partially inside this nature preserve and that causes many problems. The town has been there for hundreds of years, the nature preserve for only a few dozen years. The town wants to grow and the most natural and easiest direction is toward the nature preserve...so what do you do?? So far the government has allowed the town to expand into the preserve, but at some point there will be nowhere to expand to without destroying the park, where do you draw the line, DO YOU DRAW A LINE???, or do you let the town overrun the park???
Favorite thing: As I said the town of Beit Jann is an old town, way before urban planning was accepted, this is the main street in town, as you can see no curbs, no sidewalk, your front steps put you in front, yes in front of a car in the street. Edges of buildings poke out at you as you drive by, if you miss a corner you find yourself and your car "visiting" in the living room...take a drive around to see what I mean and if you get lost, just ask anybody how to get unlost.
Favorite thing: This is the perfect example of urban planning NOT..."who put that telephone pole in the middle of MY ROAD ??". You can also see a sidewalk in front of the house on the right, well that is fantastic, but there is no sidewalk at the house next to it, only road. When I asked our friend Yossef about that he told me that the house is new and that today there is a rule that a house on the street must have a sidewalk, but that house next to it is older so does NOT require one, YIKES.
Favorite thing: Zohara and I took our friends Nathalie and Rob to see one of our favorite places in the area, the lookout from Har Harie...In the background you can see the town of Carmiel and on a clear day also the Mediterranian Sea.
Favorite thing: Yes the MAYOR of Beit Jann. While visiting the Aya Cosmetics outlet in Beit Jann we were talking to the owner and chemist and in walked the mayor. We were introduced and it turns out that his name is also Yossef Kablan, the exact name of our friend. They are from the same tribe, one of the 7 main tribes that make up Beit Jann, there are also 3 other minor tribes or families.. The Kablan family is the largest of the 10. We spoke for a while about Beit Jann and then he invited us to come visit him on our next visit to Beit Jann. What I enjoy about the Druze is that when you are invited to visit, they truly mean it, otherwise they would NOT invite you.
Favorite thing: I think the best time of day at Beit Jann is when Yossef fixes his special breakfast and all your friends take the time to sit and just ENJOY...
Favorite thing: I think the best time of day at Beit Jann is when you can walk with your friends down to the local "pool" (actually a spring) and just ENJOY (or have I said that already)...