What to do in “Tel-Hai”, Israel
Tel Hai is a historic site that commemorates the heroism of the pioneers of the Hula Valley, whose stubbornness and courage defended their homes.
After World War I, Tel Hai and the Galilee settlements moved under French rule and were affected by the Arab revolt against the French. Among those injured was Joseph Trumpeldor, their young commander. Tel Hai was abandoned, but the fighting did not stop, and only after three months did residents return and resettled it. Since then Tel Hai has been a symbol of heroism. Every year on the 11th of Adar (during February or March) a memorial ceremony is held for Trumpeldor and his cohorts in the cemetery of the nearby Kibbutz Kfar Giladi, where they were buried in a mass grave. There is also a statue of the roaring lion, which was erected by the sculptor Avraham Melnikov from 1926, which expresses the strength of the young fighters.
Events & Attractions:
At Tel Hai you will find a variety of attractions such as the Sculpture Garden and the Open Museum of Photography, which is the only museum in Israel dealing with photography.
At the foot of the mountains of the Upper Galilee, on the top of a hill overlooking the spectacular views of the Hula Valley, lies the courtyard of Tel Hai. Here, in the historic basalt courtyard of Tel Hai, with the red tile roofs and the famous wooden steps, you will be told a little about the legacy of the battle, Joseph Trumpeldor and the defenders of Tel Hai.
At Tel Hai every year there is a festival “Lo-Bashamayim.” It features lectures, tours, classes and cultural and artistic performances, and it attracts thousands of visitors from all over the country, both religious and secular.
Transportation in Tel Hai is based on intercity buses, taxis and private cars.