Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tiberias and the haredi World

The Kinneret outside Tiberias 

Photo: Miriam Woelke


Just take a serious look and realize the high amount of Haredim living in Tiberias (at the Sea of Galilee / Kinneret).  Quite a few chassidic groups, besides Chabad and Breslov, have settled in Zfat (Safed). However, Zfat has a more Carlebach hippie, national religious society whereas Tiberias (approx. 35 Kilometer down in the valley) has a more haredi presence besides secular and traditional Jews. 

Chabad and Breslov are the stronghold of Zfat but in Tiberias you even have groups of the old traditional Yerushalmim coming for a visit. Sometimes to open new communities or Synagogues. Tiberias is definitely becoming more haredi and I am asking myself how the Haredim deal with the humidity coming from the lake and the terrible heat.

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