Amuka, Israel

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Amuka
עֲמֻקָּה, עמוקה
Amuka is located in Israel
Amuka
Amuka
Coordinates: 32°59′51.79″N 35°31′25.82″E / 32.9977194°N 35.5238389°E / 32.9977194; 35.5238389Coordinates: 32°59′51.79″N 35°31′25.82″E / 32.9977194°N 35.5238389°E / 32.9977194; 35.5238389
Council Merom Hagalil
Region Upper Galilee
Founded 1980
Population (2011) 152[1]
Name meaning Named for Biblical location

Amuka (Hebrew: עֲמֻקָּה) is a communal settlement near Safed in the Upper Galilee in northern Israel. It belongs to the Merom HaGalil Regional Council. It is named for the Biblical city of the same name, which is presumed to be located near the present-day settlement.

The community was founded in 1980 as part of the Galilee Lookouts program (Hebrew: תוכנית המצפים בגליל‎). The residents earn their livelihood from tourism and free professions. Near the community is the burial place of Rabbi Jonathan ben Uzziel, to whom some people attribute special powers (segulot).

Children in the community learn in external schools: "Nof Harim" elementary school in Sasa, "Anne Frank" high school in Sasa, "Har VeGai" high school, and Einot Yarden high school.

The synagogue[edit]

Shrine in Amuka

There is a large ruined building above the burial place of Jonathan ben Uzziel. Its remnants are located east of the valley where the Arab village Ammuqa was located until its depopulation in 1948. In the 19th century, the researcher Geren saw there "the base of a pillar and a number of hewn stones - the remnants of an old structure, possibly a synagogue." Tzvi Ilan writes that today that some of the hewn stones are centralized in the center of the ruin like a platform for worship. West of the platform is a rectangular area of 20 by 30 meters appropriate for a synagogue. In the past there was a marble board with a figure of a grapevine.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Locality File" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 

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Further reading (Hebrew)[edit]

  • זאב וילנאי, מדריך הגליל, הוצאה מחודשת של אחיעבר - ירושלים, 1980.
  • מנחם מיכלסון, יהודה סלומון, משה מילנר, מקומות קדושים וקברי צדיקים בארץ ישראל, משרד הביטחון - הוצאה לאור, 1986
  • צבי אילן, בתי כנסת קדומים בארץ ישראל, משרד הביטחון - הוצאה לאור, 1991.