Moshav Amirim Village

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Amirim Village, Meron, Galilee, Amirim, Israel

Cooperative community of farmers (moshav) established since 1958 by a group of vegetarians who banded together to create a moshav based on a vegetarian, vegan, and organic lifestyle and ideology. Today around 150 families live on the moshav, they run guesthouses and restaurants that are open to the public.

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First Review by daroff

Vegetarian/Vegan Oasis - Edit

What a delight to spend the weekend surrounded by fellow compassionate non-meat eaters! There are many guest houses/bed & breakfasts in Amirim - details available through smart Google searches. The restaurant scene seems to vary depending on the season. While we were there only one restaurant was open (the excellent Bayit 77), but our guest house (the wonderful Ohn-Bar) proprietor recommended a local caterer to make Shabbat dinner and lunch for us (the fabulous Ilan the caterer). All three local vendors are on Happy Cow (with happy reviews from me). Definitely call before making the trek to Amirim to make sure you will have access to food!

There are other small shops in the village too: many massage therapists, artisans, an olive oil woman who uses tarot cards and is a shaman, a small general store, among others.

The views from the moshav are spectacular - seeing the valley, the surrounding mountains and hills, and the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) from just about every southern and western exposure. It really feels like you are communing with G-d as you look at the natural wonders in your midst.

There are quiet streets and some sidewalks for exploring the moshav. There is a community pool, playgrounds, and two observation points. At one of the observation points, community concerts are held on Friday afternoons at 6pm (at least during the summer). At the other observation point there is an old IDF fighter plane that is suspended like a piece of art.

A large community sculpture garden, with sculptures on loan from the Israel Museum, sits in the middle of the village - with many benches to contemplate the beauty of the art and surrounding nature.

There are hiking trails marked on maps of the moshav, but the one we looked for seemed to be locked behind a barbed wire fence.

One missing ingredient was that we didn't have the opportunity to connect with the moshav residents and guests in any meaningful way - except by accident with a fabulous animal rights activist who tends rescued chickens. It would be nice if there were community lectures or other vegetarian/vegan social opportunities that gave the opportunity to more meaningfully engage with residents or fellow guests.

Updated from previous review on 2016-08-07

Pros: All vegetarians and vegans!, Beautiful views

Cons: Hard to meaningfully connect with residents & gues

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