Ein Kerem neighbourhood
Luminous olive trees and pink and green almond trees adorn the streets and slopes of the ancient village of Ein Kerem, located on the western side of Jerusalem. The history of this village mirrors the history of Jerusalem. In earliest times it was an agricultural settlement: its name means 'Spring of the Vineyard. '
The Chirstian tradition maintained by the many churches in the vicinity relates that John the Baptist was born in Ein Kerem. The Gospels tell that following the Annuciation, the Virgin Mary visited her pregnant cousin Elizabeth in EIn Kerem.
Another tradition holds that 'Mary's Well' was the meeting place between the Mary and Elizabeth; the mosque which was built above this well signifies that its location is of importance to the Islam tradition too . Seven synagogues representing different far-flung communities have been built in the village and they similarly attest to the cultural mix that has characterized the village since 1948.
The ancient stone buildings, crowded alleyways, courtyards with trees heavy with the fruits of the Holy Land preserve the unique atmosphere of this village. The town centre, however, includes modern coffee shops, restaurants and pubs, a music centre and a museum dedicated to the Biblical period. Artists, potters and other artisans and craftsmen live and work within the village and market their works here.
Ein Kerem is situated along the slopes of the meandering Soreq Stream, which collects and drains the rainfall of the Jerusalem Hills. It is an excellent base for hikes and bike trips to the various springs, limestone caverns and even dinosaur tracks in the area.
As the owners, we also enjoyed home hospitality while travelling in Europe, South America and Africa and a great deal of their positive experience was due to their direct contact with the local people and through them with the 'place' itself.
As a result, we are happy to have the opportunity to allow our own guests a direct and unmediated connection to Ein Karem and to ourselves as well.
As a supplement to hosting guests in our pleasant cottage we make a great effort to advance
Organic vegetables, recycling rain water for garden irrigation, manufacturing our own compost, and advancing 'Farmer Culture' to the best of our ability.
And at last, writing children's books is another hobby of the owner of the cottage
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This page was last updated: 13 December 2009