Zefat Travel Guide

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    Tzfat, Klezmer festival 2013
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  • Tzfat, Klezmer festival 2013
    Tzfat, Klezmer festival 2013
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  • Tzfat, Klezmer festival 2013
    Tzfat, Klezmer festival 2013
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Zefat Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great views , clean air , quiet and holy place 

  • Con
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    ophiro says…

     if you want city life and action it is a boring place for you 

  • In a nutshell
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    Jackiekg says…

     Religious community - lots of study centres 

Zefat Things to Do

  • The "Klezmer" Festival

    Every summer there is a Klezmer festival in Zefat. Kleyzmerim are the the traditional eastern-European Jewish musicians who used to play in weddings and other events. This music is the the Jewish "Blues" music. It developed from the religious hymns of the Jews of eastern-Europe, the brithplace of the Hassidic movement. Part of the Hassidic ritual...

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  • Old British Police Station

    During the Independance War 1948 here in front of the British Police Station much shooting happend. Have a look at the building and you will notice well visible bullet holes in the facade. On the small square in front of the building you will find several plates describing some of the history that took place here.

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  • Monument for Zefat Defenders

    On the hill of the citadel you will find the memorial for the Defenders of Zefat during the Independance War in 1948.

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  • Commemoration of the 'Meginei Tzfat'

    Several plates show names of members of the 'Meginei Tzfat' the Zefat Defenders who lost their lifes in the War of Independence in 1948. You will notice them by the emblem of the 'Meginei Tzfat', a burning torch over Mount Meron.

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  • Emblem of the 'Meginei Tzfat'

    A hand holding a burning torch above the two peaks of Mount meron is the emblem of the 'Meginei Tzfat', the Zefat Defenders, who faught for the Dependence of Israel in 1948. It was designed by M. Arieh, a member of the underground fighters group Hagannah. Walking around Zafet you will come across the symbol at several places.

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  • The Red Mosque (Red Khan)

    This is one of the first Mameluke buildings that were set up in Israel. It was built in 1276 AD by Baybars, who was the ruler of Egypt between 1260 to 1278 AD. After conquering Zefat, he set it as the capital of the northern region.The Red Mosque is built in Mameluke style which evolved in Cairo. Have a look at the artwork above a wooden door.

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  • The Mameluke Mausoleum

    The Mameluke Mausoleum was built in the 14th century for Mudhafar a-Din Mussa Ibn Haj a-Ruqtai, the govenor of Zefat. He died in 1372. Nowadays the building serves as a Freemason's lodge. I liked the architecture with the dark and light stones.

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  • Artists Quarters

    Walking around in Zefats Artists Quarter you will pass houses with plates telling you which painter or artist lived there. These plates are colored blue.On the photo you see the plate about Isaac Amitai, a painter.

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  • Tombs of Tzadikim

    The Tomb of HaAri HaKadosh in the Old Cemetery of Zefat.It's a site of pilgrimage for Jewish believers.

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  • Yosef Caro Synagogue

    Rabbi Yosef Caro was one of the most influential people in the Jewish history. His book Shulchan Aruch (Set Table), even though was written in the 16th century, is still considered the ultimate authority in Jewish religious laws. This little synagogue is attribued to Yosef Caro. It is located in the old city, right next to the artists galleries.

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  • The view

    The view from the city is very beautiful.Meron mountain , the kineret and great sunset and sunrise.i think it is very magical and sacred to smell the air in the mountains near the city.

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  • Bosell House

    Bosell house is a nice building with beautiful architecture.This house was once a scottish mission , sanatorium and a hospital.when i went to Zefat the house was in a bad condition and i hope the mayor will fix this situation because it is a very beautiful building.

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  • The Art Galleries

    Zefat is known for its artists and art galleries. As you can see in the picture there is a whole market full with them. As you might expect most of them are tourist traps, trying to sell corny paintings. But, if you are lucky you can still get some finds. And even you don't, it's still a nice experience to explore this area.

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  • Mount Meiron Nature Reserve

    Right next to Zefat there is the beautiful Mount Meiron nature reserve. Here you will find natural forests and mountains more than 1000 metres high.

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  • Hameiri Dairy

    This building has a lot of history connected to it. It has been in the family - passed father to son - for 150 years and was reopened in 1950 and has been in production ever since. Within this building is a factory shop (see my travelogue on Zefat), and a restaurant selling light dairy meals. See a magnificent view of Mount Meron from the balcony...

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Zefat Restaurants

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    by purplekedi Written May 20, 2005

    We picked this place because it looked like the only offering something different than Falafel or Shoarma. Well, it was too hot to eat any of these heavy dishes. (I have a gentle stomach) I ordered Blintches with mushrrom and cheese. It was dry, mushrooms were canned and didn't feel the chesse. It wasn't a good gastronomic experience after all. But I have to admit, they have a great seating area outside, situated on the hill so you do have a great view. Just to enjoy the view, drink something here but don't eat.

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  • Art

    There are plenty of art galleries in Zefat. While most of them are cheesy tourist traps, you can still find some nice things. Anyway, it is a nice experience to browse the galleries while walking in the picturesque alleys.

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  • Cheese please

    Zefat is famous for its cheese. So, while you are walking around you might find little diaries where they make their own homemade cheese. The cheese is quite salty and is similar to feta cheese.

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Zefat Local Customs

  • Klezmer international festival

    Klezmer is a musical tradition of the Ashkenazic Jews of Eastern Europe. Played by professional musicians called klezmorim, the genre originally consisted largely of dance tunes and instrumental display pieces for weddings and other celebrations.Klezmer festival is held annually in Tzfat, the holy city, city of Kabbala, on August.This festival is a...

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  • Lag Ba'Omer at Meiron

    The Lag Ba'Omer fest is celebrated 33 days after Passover. Whence its name, which stands for "the 33 day in the Omer count". This is the count of 7 weeks from Passover to Pentecost. Accodring to Jewish tradition there are no weddings from Passover until Lag Ba'Omer to commemorate the death of Rabbi Akiva's pupils during that time, in Roman times...

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  • The city of Kabbala

    Zefat is a very reliogious city. If you visit on a Saturday, everything will be closed. The city is full with Hassidic groups and followers of the Kabbala, the Jewish mistic cult. They came here for centuries to practice Kabbala, which was founded here. These colourful cults have spirituals rituals, practiced here and in the forests around. The...

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Zefat Warnings and Dangers

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    by gubbi1 Written Jan 14, 2011

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    Probably you will notice the same as me. There are a thousand possible writings of the name of this town. It was pretty confusing to me at first, but due to the many cultural influences and the translations, there are many possible ways how to spell it.
    Some examples here: Safed, Zefat, Tsfat, Zfat, Safad, Safes, Safet, Tzfat

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Zefat Tourist Traps

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    by Bregman Written May 21, 2005

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    Like mentioned in the other tips, most of the art galleries in Zefat are just tourist traps. So, prepare yourself not to be sucked into the touristic hype. You can walk around, enjoy the picturesque area and go into the galleries. But, be firm not to get anything you really don't want to have.

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Zefat Off The Beaten Path

  • nice view

    when I used to have long walks with my father-in-law he used to be anxious :"I hope we won't cross the border by mistake and enter lebanon !"

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  • Ammuqa

    One famous grave in the forest north of Zefat is the grave of Yonatan Ben-Unizel at Ammuqa. This grave is supposed to have mystical powers if you look for a match. Believers come from all over Israel, in specially arranged buses just to get married with the help of these mystical powers. I stayed single after visiting the place, so I probably was...

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  • Grave Land

    The mountains around Zefat are full with ancient graves. These graves are attributed to different Jewish scholars who lived during the Roman rule, that is almost 2000 years ago. Just look for light blue domes, like the one seen here behind the almond tree.

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Zefat Favorites

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    Sea of Galilee from Zefat, Israel

    by Martin_S. Written Jul 7, 2005

    Favorite thing: While in Zefat, take a moment to visit the edge of town on the eastern side. This picture was taken on the new road toward Rosh Pina. Sorry for the poor quality, the day was quite foggy and cloudy, but what you can see in the background is the Sea of Galilee, almost the entire lake is visible from here, only Tiberius is invisible (it would be on the right hand side), but you can see one of the suburbs..

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