Haifa Day Trip
Haifa is Israel’s third largest city. A Haifa Day Trip allows us to get a glimpse of what the city is all about. It has a history of coexistence despite some points of tension.It has people of all different religions and lifestyles. It has a history of being the gateway into the Middle East with its port, existing until today. Haifa is home to two of Israel’s important universities- the University of Haifa and the Technion Institute of Technology. In a one day tour we get to see a glimpse of this diverse mosaic of this wonderful city!
Our Haifa Day Trip:
We will begin our Haifa day trip at Elijah’s Cave. Jews, Christians, and Muslims believe Elijah, the prophet, lived, meditated, and taught from this cave. The story of the competition between Elijah and the Baal Priests relates to this story.
What’s the story between Elijah and the Baal Priests?
There was a severe famine in Samaria. King Ahab ruled the Kingdom of Israel. We know him as a fierce king. Elijah is sent from G-d to tell King Ahab and remind King Ahab of G-d and G-d’s mitzvot. When Ahab refused, Elijah challenged 450 prophets of Baal and four hundred prophets of Asherah.
When everyone had gathered, Elijah held a competition against the Baal Priest. It was a tense fight, but Elijah won, and it all happened here.
Partly because of this story, the site is holy to Jews, Christians, Druze, and Muslims. We will discover the importance of Elijah and his role in all these religions.
Stella Maris Monastery
The Stella Maris Monastery is a ‘Brother Cassini of the Order’ monastery on the Carmel Mountain over looking the city of Haifa. It begins its history in the Crusader Period and lasts until today. Even Napoleon stopped here in his 1799 campaign to control the land! Christian believers built the current church in 1836. However, the British and Israeli forces used the church as a military base before giving it back to the Monks for a monastery. We will spend time here to explore the history of the church and take a look over the outlook of the city.
From the outlook, we can see:
- the port of Haifa,
- the municipality building
- the downtown center of the city,
- and much more.
The Baha’I faith find the city of Haifa to be holy, as one of their holy prophets is buried in these gardens. Because of the site’s holiness it brings thousands of Baha’I followers and non- Baha’I throughout the year. The Gardens are magnificently well kept and preserved for visitors of every walk of life, from Jews, Muslims, and Christians, to atheists. We will explore the gardens and learn about this unique faith, their holy site, and their role in Haifa.
After walking down the Baha’I Garden steps we will stop for lunch in the German Colony before touring the site and its story. The German Colony is an up-beat, fun neighborhood with many different restuarants to choose your favorite meal.
The German Templers created the German Colony in the 1800’s As an offshoot of Protestantism, they came to the Holy Land to rebuild it and prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus. With them, they brought modern agricultural skills, the widening of roads, the deepening of roads, and German architecture.
We will go through the main drag of their neighborhood:
- to better understand who this group was,
- why they came to Haifa,
- how we can tell their architecture from others,
- what their contributions to the land was,
- and hear some of the stories and figures that come out of this neighborhood.
We will continue our Haifa Day Trip to Wadi Nisnas. Wadi Nisnas is an Arab neighborhood within the city of Haifa, known for preserving its style since before 1948. Walking through this neighborhood, we will
- explore the Arab piece of the Haifa puzzle,
- smell (and maybe taste!) the eateries, see the architecture,
- learn about its role in the city,
- and see the Beit HaGefen coexistence after- school program!
University of Haifa Outlook
We will end the day, and our Haifa Day Trip, at the University of Haifa and conclude our trip overlooking the city and seeing where we went throughout the day. We will also see a great example of the diversity on the campus, much like the city it is found in. There are students of every size, shape, color, religion, and lifestyle!