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Um el-Kantir

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Um el-Kantir, located in the south-western Golan heights, was once a wealthy Jewish village that was based on the linen whitening industry. This would be done in the nearby spring which is adorned by three monumental arcs. A synagogue was built there in the fifth century AD and was destroyed by an earthquake in 749. The synagogue was excavated using a computerized crane and is under restoration. In addition, a genuine podium that would have been used in the synagogue, to read the Torah from, made of smooth basalt stones, was found at the site too. The synagogue on site is one of the best-preserved in the country, with ninety percent of the remains found in their original positions, despite the earthquake of 749.

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address: 200m from Kibbutz Natur, via a dirt road.

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