A Lovely Day Out

16 Jun

Beit Gemal Monastery

Lovely old olive tree on the grounds of Beit Gemal.

We took a drive to Beit Gemal monastery, located near Beit Shemesh, just east of Jerusalem. We had previously purchased a few ceramics made by the nuns who live in a convent there at a sale in our neighborhood. We thought it would be nice to visit the monastery itself. Aside from the nun’s convent on the beautifully landscaped grounds of Beit Gemal there is also a larger monastery for Salesian monks, two churches (one for the monks and one for the nuns), a concert hall and shops where one can purchase locally made olive oil, honey, jam, and wine as well as the ceramics made by the Sisters of Bethlehem. We purchased two more ceramics to add to our collection, some olive oil and honey.

From the monastery we drove to a nearby Israel Nature Reserve to visit Soreq stalactite cave. I’ve never visited a cave with these formations before and I was totally enchanted. It felt as if I was walking through a fantastical fairyland.


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