The hills of the Galilee, largely composed of soft limestone and dolomite, ascend to heights ranging from 1,600 to 4,000 feet (500 to 1,200 m) above sea level. Small perennial streams and relatively ample rainfall keep the area green all year round. Many residents of Galilee and the Golan are engaged in agriculture, tourism-related enterprises, and light industry.
Zuckerman Scholars in Israel enjoyed a special program earlier this month that brought together 32 program participants in a professional and social networking setting and fostered esprit de corps among the group.
The day included guided briefings about the geography and topography of the Galilee; hiking along the Rosh Pina stream, and an overview of Israel’s water ecosystem.
The tour continued with a visit to the Hula Valley, a magical place of history, nature, and miracles. The scholars enjoyed a high-level presentation about bird watching in Israel at one of the best spots in the world, thanks to its location on the major migration route for birds travelling from Europe to Africa and Asia.
Agmon HaHula has walking paths, observation points, and telescopes for observing the thousands of birds that inhabit the site.