|Looking down at En Gev from the Golan Heights. Wikimedia Commons|
`En Gev is a kibbutz that was founded in 1937, in the middle of the 1936-1937 Arab Revolt against the British Mandate. It is on the east coast of the Sea of Galilee, directly opposite the city of Tiberias. It survived the Arab Revolt and then difficult battles in the 1948 Israeli War of Independence. From that time until 1967, it was under constant threat of bombardment and sniper fire from Syrian forces located on the Golan Heights above it.
The kibbutz was originally an agricultural settlement, and it has banana groves as well as raising cattle. It has adapted in the last few decades, however, and now also has several commercial enterprises to help support it, including a fish restaurant and a boating service (which provides our Galilee boat ride). But perhaps its biggest money maker is its "holiday village," a hotel consisting of bungalow on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. For a couple decades now, BYU has contracted with `En Gev to relocate our program here during our Galilee rotation. Faculty and students stay in the bungalows, we eat in the dining hall, and we have classrooms in the basement of the main building.
|The Golan Heights loom behind the reception building of the En Gev Holiday Village|
|Dining Hall Building|