Har Harie (Harie Mountain) is the highest spot in Beit Jann and is considered a sacred place to the Druze who live here. WHY is another matter since the religion of the Druze is a secret religion. What that means is that you only learn of the religion if you become a Druze (almost impossible) and decide to become a religious person, even Druze who...more
Here we are looking south and west, the mountain you can see on the right has a Druze religious buidling on top and while you cannot go into the structure if you are not a believer in the Druze faith, you can reach the top of the mountain and enjoy the fantastic view looking south.As you can see in the second picture the road UP to Beit Jann is...more
From the entrance to the village you can see most of it lying before you, this is looking southeast. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the roads here, they wend in and out from between the houses, to learn you way is to learn the village. If you get lost, just continue on or stop and ask your way, it is fun getting lost, you find all sorts of...more
You can see our friend Laya here behind the counter, wanted to see her eyes light up as she sampled all the goodies here in this place. Yossef took us there, but it was more difficult to get us out, Zohara and Laya wanted to stay ^O^ You can see a selection of some of the pastries that they have for offer. We took the opportunity to visit the back of the bakery and see how a few of them are made and I am sure that if you ask to see they will glady show you some of their secrets.
Favorite Dish: "Kadaief" is one of the pastries made with some sort of thin stringy pastry, filled with crushed pistachio and then dipped in honey and sugar, truly horrible....they are addicting.
In and around Beit Jann you will need your own car, or walk, no public transportation system here. This picture was not in the village itself, but on the road to Har Hillel where Rafik has his farm, that is Beit Jann you can see spread out over the several hills in the background.
AYA, located in the Druze village of Beit Jann is a local enterprise of two partners, a chemist and a druggist who work together to develop natural products. They have developed a line of products that include soap, moisturizers and creams. My wife Zohara purchased several items and told me that they are much better than items of a similar or higher price that she has tried over the years.
What to buy: Items that have been tried by us or friends and found to be excellent.
Natural Moisturizing Cream
Natural Night Cream
Cream for the Feet
The Druze villages are usually centered around the family a supreme important element in their culture. If you become friends and are "accepted" with one member of a family it tends to "spread" and you may become friendly with many other members of the family.Here you can see Zoahra with other members of Yossef's family who invited us over to their...more
As I have said, it is just so easy to make friends on Beit Jann, here Yossef's wife Adiva is with Zohara, and after this visit they also came down to our home here in Arad to visit us...The second photo shows Zohara with Adiva and her eldest son.The third photo is Zohara with Adiva and Yossef while preparing dinner.The fourth photo shows Rob and I...more
Yes if you see any of "people" from this group, you need to beware and be aware that they may break into spontaneous singing at any moment (or especially after a few extra bottles of good wine and company). Weird and happy when they are on vacation, Martin, Ludwig, Niri and Cris form the "Fellowship of The Sing", watch out J.R. here we come.
Just a few "other" things to look for while visiting Har Hillel. Not only the Admonit HaHoresh and the Katlav are beautiful, you can find flowers of all sizes, shapes and colors, not to mention aromas....even the thorn bushes should be taken "seriously"...and if you take a close look, even the stones have things to say to those who can "hear" them,...more
In the Har Hillel preserve (outside of Beit Jann) you will find some of the most amazing trees, the Katlav.The last picture here shows a closeup of the bark of this tree and the formation its limbs can create....go ahead, touch it, this looks and feels warm and smooth, almost like a babies skin, the texture is quite unusual for a tree.more
Just outside Beit Jann is a small unmarked nature preserve called Har Hillel. If you drive through the village toward the south-east you will find the entrance just outside the village, just ask along the way, most people in the village know where it is. Or ask them the way to see the Admonit HaHoresh (that is the Coral Peony in Hebrew)...In the...more
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...more
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...more