The Biblical Garden in Yad Hashmona is perfectly situated in the Judean Hills, 15 km. west of Jerusalem, 45 km. from Tel Aviv, about 30 minutes from Ben-Gurion International Airport. This is the Biblical region of Kiryat Yearim (2 Chronicles 1:4) and Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35).
This unique Biblical Village was founded in 2000 and was established with the assistance of the Swiss Beth Shalom Society and the Israeli Antiquities Authority. Fig, pomegranate, almond, date-palm, olive and other trees, as well as grape vines are planted all around the premises, bringing to mind the parables and symbols of the Old and New Testament.
A burial cave has been constructed, replete with sarcophagus and ossuary, and nearby a cistern holds water for drinking and irrigation. A Galilean synagogue forms the heart of the central area of the Biblical Village, its careful reconstruction includes archaeological pieces originating from the northern part of the Sea of Galilee region.
The reconstructions of archaeological sites and technologies were implemented by Yeshu Dray. Mr. Dray is a leading expert of archaeological reconstruction in Israel.