Bar’am National Park is located in the Upper Galilee and is home to an ancient synagogue with an opulent structure, with beautiful ashlars that reflect the thriving Jewish presence that existed there in the fourth and fifth centuries CE. The synagogue has three striking carved doorways that face Jerusalem, with the central doorway being particularly magnificent. A second, smaller synagogue with practically no remains except its lintel which is on display in Paris at the Louvre.
The park also contains remains of the Maronite village of Bir‘am, whose inhabitants were required to leave by the Israel Defense Forces in 1948 for security reasons. The village church is still the spiritual center of that community.
The park can also be hired for events such as for bar mitzvahs and weddings.
Open Hours: Apr-Sep 8:00-17:00, Oct-Mar 8:00-16:00
Length of tour: 1-2 hours
Best season: Spring, summer, fall
Stone carvings on the synagogue facade
Sunday-Thursday and Saturday: 08:00 – 17:00.
Friday and Holiday: 08:00 – 16:00
Sunday-Thursday and Saturday: 08:00 – 16:00.
Friday and Holiday: 08:00 – 15:00
On the eves of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Pesach: 8:00 – 13:00
Adult: NIS 15; child: NIS 7
Student: NIS 13
Group rate (over 30 people): Adult: NIS 14; child: NIS 6
Location: On route 899, half a kilometer from the junction of the new northern road.