San Diego - Sha'ar HaNegev Teacher Exchange

"...which assures the past has a future."

As we entered the site, a group of Arabs were protesting the excavation. They felt the project was disturbing the site of an Arab cemetery.

The tile work was decadent, this sketch of the "Mona Lisa of the Galilee" does not do justice to the real mosaic.

Other themes for the mosaics found at Zippori include nature and hunting.

"I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother's house, who would instruct me; I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate." (Solomon's Song of Songs VIII:2)

For more information

The Jewish Student Online Research Center (JSOURCE) - Zippori - - Provides historical context for Zippori and briefly describes the findings of the excavation since 1990.

Zippori - Sepphoris Hebrew University Excavation Project - - Provides pictures and historical background on the findings of the excavation, including the art and architecture of the Roman and Byzantine periods.

The following are links to sketches and personal narratives
created during our travels

Collaboration |
David Ben-Gurion's Negev and a Bedouin Camp |
Druze Village | Golan Heights | Jerusalem |
Kiryat Shmona | Misgav-Am | Yad Vashem

Photos | Program Goals | WriteDesign Gallery |
E-Mail Doug at and Melissa at