Written in Stone – Reviving 2000 Years of Jewish History
Uncover the Mysteries of Jewish History
Written in Stone – The Story of the Jewish People
Hundreds of ancient synagogues are scattered throughout Israel. Some small and modest, while other large and impressive. Some well-preserved, and others, sadly, nearly ruined.
All have a story to tell – the story of the community that once built, gathered and prayed in them. Their story is also ours and it must be preserved – in words and stone.
Unrestored synagogues in Israel wait for their stories to be told.
of ancient synagogues have yet to be researched by archeologists.
Without maintenance, these synagogues are doomed to looting and erosion, harming their chances of restoration.
Make History – Adopt a Synagogue
These beautiful sites tell an important story of a diverse Jewish identity and history. Our mission is to keep their spirits alive and promote them as attractive sites for visitors. These marvelous ancient synagogues are to be found across the Land of Israel.
Now, you can “adopt” an ancient synagogue. With your support we can uncover stories of ancient Jewish communities and build direct connections between your community and a piece of Israel’s heritage.
Unveil the Wonders of the Past
Preserving these ancient synagogues and cities takes skill, knowledge and funding. The INHFA, along with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, conserve and preserve vital historical sites, that are important in Jewish heritage. Together, the two work towards the restoration and conservation of Israel’s most important ancient synagogues.
It is thanks to our partners and worldwide donors, that our conservation teams can preserve these ancient treasures in Israel, and in so doing so, we can make culture and history more accessible to future generations.
This is a magnificent structure located near the Lebanese border. The existence of this structure attests to the prosperous Jewish community in the 4th and 5th centuries.
This synagogue and the Jewish village excavated around it, is a unique and fascinating complex, dating 1,500 years back, to the period of the Mishnah and the Talmud.
Beit Alfa Synagogue
This synagogue built in the 5th century CE, is similar in its architectural form to a Byzantine church, with a courtyard, exedra, rectangular hall, second-story gallery and additional room.
This structure was important during the Mishna & Talmud period, the town of Arbel was inhabited by well-known sages. The synagogue had at least two construction phases: 4th and 6th century CE.
Our Mission to Save the Synagogues
The INHFA is dedicated to supporting the restoration of these national sites and we are currently working to renovate several synagogues – Baram, Korazim, Arbel, Hamat Tiberias, Horvat Amudim, Wadi Hammam, and Beit Alfa.