TOURS TO SAMARITAN CENTRES AND ANCIENT SITES IN SAMARIA

Tours of Holon and Kiryat Luza

Now you can visit the Samaritan neighbourhood in Holon, a suburb south of Tel Aviv. And you can also visit Kiryat Luza on Mount Gerizim, the holy ancestral home of the Samaritans. Kiryat Luza overlooks Nablus, ancient capital of the Kingdom of Israel.

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View from Gerizim

Benyamim Tsedaka and other Israelite Samaritan leaders will happily guide tours personally. A typical
tour begins with refreshments, followed by a talk about the Israelite Samaritan heritage and way of life. The talks last for around 45 minutes. There are opportunities to ask questions, and then your guide shows you around key places of interest.

On Kiryat Luza tours, we can arrange a Samaritan vegetarian lunch in the restaurant on Mount Gerizim. In Holon we can arrange lunch in an Israeli restaurant near the Samaritan neighbourhood.

We recommend that you also visit other ancient Israelite holy places in Samaria. For example, the Tomb of Joseph and Jacob’s Well, where Jesus met the Samaritan Woman [John, 4]. The Roman theatre is well worth a visit, and of course, there is the Tomb of Elazar, first High Priest of the People of Israel. The latter is 7km south of Nablus, first capital of the Kingdom of Israel and capital of modern Samaria. We can offer further suggestions on request.

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Mount Gerizim

Tours usually last about four hours. If necessary, we can shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your schedule. Your guide will conduct your tour in English, Hebrew or Arabic, according to your preference.

Accommodation

Think about a fascinating holiday with a difference. Fully-furnished and fully-equipped self-catering accommodation is available in the modern Kiryat Luza neighbourhood on Mount Gerizim.

Kiryat Luza has shops for everyday supplies, while the modern shopping mall in downtown Nablus is just a few minutes away.

Lectures

During the visits, Benyamim Tsedaka may also offer lectures, workshops and seminars on a variety of Samaritan-related themes, similar to those which he offers world-wide. See HERE for details.

Photography: Ori Orhof

3 Responses

  1. Can you arrange tours of the Passover event on Mt. Gerizim for photography? We are planning to come to Israel in 2018 for this festival.

  2. Chantal d'A Scheinberg

    JUST found out the the existence of present day Samaritan Communities on the Biblical Archeology site. Absolutely fascinating. Most that I had heard of the Samaritans was from the New Christian Testament about their unique compassion toward their fellow man. Did notice in a picture that all samaritans reunited for a celebration were men. Are women excluded of all religious manifestations? What are their celebrations? Is their torah similar to the to the Orthodox or reformed? Do they practice Circumcision? Do they consider themselves Jews and have the same genetic tracer of Jewish People or ethnically different?

    • Thanks for your enquiry Chantal. Women have an important role in Israelite Samaritan religion. They study the Torah and participate in religious life. More information can be found in the Religion section of this site. For the Samaritan Torah see Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah. Samaritans do indeed practice circumcision. For Samaritan identity see Keepers.

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