We were to meet there with the art of two very special people: Bothaina Halabi of Daliat El Carmel, a young druze painter who has dedicated her work to the commemoration of the Holocaust, and Nisco (Nissan Cohen) of Ein-Hod, the founder of the museum of musical boxes collection.
Bothaina lives with her handsome husband and three children in a 2-storey house. The ground storey has a gallery, a lecture hall, toilets, a tiny kitchen where refreshments are prepared (druze hospitality is famous), and where some locally produced druze specialties are sold to visitors. It's a family 'affair'. Husband and children help out with everything.
the 2-storey house
entrance to ground storey (galery &lecture hall)
Jars of green olives; two of the children in charge of the mini shop
The daughter's declamation in front of the audience (something about her commitment to the subject of the Holocaust) ,followed by the son's playing some adequate tunes on the flute, preceeded Bothaina's lecture and 'opened the show' , so to speak. That was quite lovely.
Son playing the flute
letters of appreciation for her art and contributions
originals on the galery wall
visitor, a Holocaust survivor, contemplating originalsDuring the second part of our visit, we were given a briefing on the druze sect by a druze retired army officer and lecturer . Nothing I didn't know. but coming from a druze it became strong, solid fact. The druze are a rather unique ethno-religious middle-eastern group with communities in Lebanon, Syria,Israel, Jordan, and with overseas branches in America and Austrlia.
The druze people are monoteistic and strongly believe in reincarnation. Dating and Marriage with outsiders is not allowed. Their symbol is a five coloured flag (green,red, yellow,blue and white) which strenghtens their sense of unity..
see the druze flag in front of house