More From Region


Synagogue in Shfar’am

Shfar’am, according to the Talmud, was one of the headquarters of the Sanhedrin.

On this Page:


The synagogue at Shfar’am dates back at least to the days of the Bedouin chieftain Daher el-Omar, under whose leadership Jews returned to renovate their ancient house of prayer here.

A visit to the synagogue, located in this Galilee Arab town in the hills west of Haifa, is the opportunity to experience a piece of the region’s living history and to understand the unique cultural mosaic that is Israel.

According to the Talmud, during Roman times Shfar’am was one of the headquarters of the Sanhedrin.

The cool interior of the one-room synagogue, last renovated in 1988, is the perfect place to hear the story of the Shfar’am sage Yehuda Bar Abba who continued to ordain rabbis despite the threat of execution by the Romans, and of Spanish Jews fleeing the Inquisition who made their homes here in the sixteenth century.

The last Jews left Shfar’am for Haifa in the 1920s, entrusting the keys to the synagogue to members of the Ja’afari family, who live across the street and are happy to give them to visitors.


To visit the synagogue, call the Ja’afaris at 04-986-5615



 Sites & Attractions

The Or Torah (Tunisian) Synagogue’s claim to fame is that it is literally covered in mo...
Synagogue dating from 1873. Two stones are embedded in its walls which, tradition has i...
A museum reenacting the construction of the first Homa u-Migdal settlement and the chai...
The nineteenth-century Carmelite church and monastery of Stella Maris is perched at the...
Belvoir (Kokhav HaYarden) National Park The centerpiece of this national park is it...
One of the Galilee’s most scenic regions, this 500-meter-high ridge is the site where K...







 Events In Area