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Haifa, which crowns Mount Carmel high over the Mediterranean, is filled with history and sites for Christians, Jews and Muslims

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Haifa, which crowns Mount Carmel high over the Mediterranean, can enrich your Israel visit in unexpected ways.

Haifa falls into the inheritance of the sea-faring tribe of Zebulun (Gen. 49:13). For centuries it was only a fishing village, eclipsed by the great city of Akko/Ptolemais (Judges 1:31; Acts 21:7) across the bay. But Christians have always made pilgrimage to the Cave of Elijah, now in the heart of town, and the Carmelites built a monastery here, Stella Maris, “the star of the sea,” dedicated to Mary.

In the late 19th century, German Christians settled here, bringing modern life. For the Baha’is, this is also sacred ground. Before World War II, the British built Haifa’s port, still a mainstay of Israel’s economy, and gave the city a multi-cultural flair. The Jews, Christians and Muslims who comprise Haifa’s 270,000-strong population have found ways to coexist that are a model for the rest of the country.


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From the Scriptures

view of Haifa and the Bahai Gardens Kings Chapter 18
 20 So Ahab sent to all the people of Israel, and gathered the prophets together at Mount Carmel. 21 And Elijah came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word. 22 Then Elijah said to the people, “I, even I only, am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. 23 Let two bulls be given to us; and let them choose one bull for themselves, and cut it in pieces and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it; and I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood, and put no fire to it. 24 And you call on the name of your god and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, he is God.” And all the people answered, “It is well spoken.” 25 Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose for yourselves one bull and prepare it first, for you are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire to it.” 26 And they took the bull which was given them, and they prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no voice, and no one answered. And they limped about the altar which they had made. 27 And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is musing, or he has gone aside, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.” 28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their custom with swords and lances, until the blood gushed out upon them. 29 And as midday passed, they raved on until the time of the offering of the oblation, but there was no voice; no one answered, no one heeded.

The Revised Standard Version, (New York: Oxford University Press, Inc.) 1973, 1977.


 Sites & Attractions

Museum housed in the original Technion building in Haifa featuring over 400 hands-on ex...
Museum presenting the annals of the Ha’apala (clandestine immigration) operations desig...
Museum dedicated entirely to Japanese art. The museum's collection consists of over 7,0...
Hecht Museum in Haifa University was founded in 1984 by Dr. Reuven Hecht. the museum is...
The Bahai World Center on Haifa's Mount Carmel consists of nineteen terraced gardens an...
Museum presenting the history of shipping in the Mediterranean basin, Red Sea and Nile ...


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