Reconstruction of the Ancient Synagogues in Israel
Local and Global Historical Significance
Israel’s historical and archaeological sites are treasures that are hundreds if not thousands of years old and are the foundation of our culture. We consider these heritage sites supremely important assets. Any decision about a change to these sites impacts generations to come because these are where Israelis and their guests from abroad come to learn the history and culture of the land.
The Israel Nature and Parks Authority strictly protects the archaeological heritage sites in its national parks and nature reserves in keeping with professional ethics and international conventions. It also works to preserve the “arena of the story” – the landscapes around these heritage sites – as well as the connection between the sites and their surroundings. The national parks and nature reserves open their gates for surveys and research by professional archaeologists, who excavate and uncover fascinating finds and ancient synagogues. The INPA’s division of archaeology and heritage supervises these ancient sites, works to protect the finds and makes sure they are properly displayed.
Ancient synagogues are a window onto the past, allowing us to connect more deeply to our roots and understand the history, tradition and culture of Jewish communities of the distant past. There are hundreds of ancient synagogues throughout Israel. Some are in precarious condition and some are in ruin. It is important to reconstruct them and preserve them for future generations.
Help us preserve our treasures of the past for ourselves and for future generations